Having said that, we did see one successfully competing in a category called Sports Sedans. There is a small spot of rust on the roof of car which is from a garage roof leak long ago, and you can't see it unless you look for it. Although Chevrolet still marketed the Corvair in 1967, little effort was put into advertising and sales fell drastically. Ralph Nader highlighted its design flaws in his influential book Unsafe at Any Speed. Today, Corvairs enjoy status as collectible classic cars with good looks and a lot of technical interest, a combination that indicates their values will likely only rise in the future. The engine was rear mounted and drove the rear wheels through a transaxle.
My father bought the car New. Although the interior is rough, the dough you save not doing a full body restoration can be put to good use here. The Corvair also pioneered exhaust gas-driven turbocharging. We had over 135 Corvairs through the shop before my Dad retired and sold it all off. In the end, it was probably a combination of cheap gas and cheap horsepower that did the most damage to the Corvair line. Different from any American cars before or since, the unique Corvair. The engine sat behind the rear axle and this actually caused handling problems.
Check out the full listing for this one. As far as I can tell, this is a 1968 500 baseline 110hp, automatic car. An astonishing and legal, at least for a time interpretation of the rules, which would, as you infer, just plain dominate the category in which it competed. And then it went directly to the mechanic to check it out. I learned a lot over the decades, the most important thing, when a Unibody Vair rots in the joints, door jams, shock towers it near impossible to fix them right.
In 1969 gas was less than 40 cents a gallon, the big V-8 muscle cars were on the horizon and consumers did not care much about gas consumption. Chevrolet produced 6,807 examples of the 2-door hardtop sport coupe Corvair Monza and 1,386 examples of the convertible bodystyle. The Corvair story took a particularly interesting and ultimately sad twist in 1965. It was originally built to compete with the Bug, but. Nonetheless, the 1960 Corvair did have its share of redeeming features. Built and raced by the late Frank Gardner, this Corvair was powered by a mid-mounted 6 litre Chev V8 driving through a Hewland transaxle.
Sedan, convertible, coupe, wagon and even a van were available. I also spot what appears to be factory tinted glass, which brings a good bit of money with many Corvair collectors. The mechanic replaced the carburetor with a more modern one, which he recommended. Another interesting car that we never received Down Under. By this time the fate of the Corvair was sealed.
The nose seems to be the worst part of the car. However, the car stayed there until my mother died, which was when I inherited it. The Corsa model was eliminated and 1967 was also the last year for the 4 door sedan as the line was reduced to the 500 and Monza Hardtop Coupes, the Hardtop Sedans, and the Monza Convertible. Buyers could order a 4 carburetor-equipped 140hp engine in any model, but the 180hp turbo option was available only on the Corsa. The convertibles had courtesy lights while the coupes had a folding rear seat with had a new and improved latching mechanism. To further distinguish the Monza Series, Chevy added Monza inverted delta-wing badges behind the front wheels. The Gardner car was famous in the States too, at least in certain circles.
So the car was stored in the garage at the house I shared with my husband. Slow up steep hills, but otherwise Drives Well! Ralph Nader looking to make a name for himself latched on to the swing-axle rear suspension, deeming it unsafe and the Corvair never recovered. Spanning two main generations of manufacturing design, the Corvair range grew to include a two-door coupe, convertible, four-door sedan, and four-door station wagon, as well as passenger van, commercial van, and pickup trucks. Motor Trend Car of the Year 1960 Despite the unconventional styling, the Corvair was very well received at the time of its introduction and earned numerous engineering patents due to its innovative construction. He still lives there along with the Corvair in the garage! Although 1965 was the last year of the Greenbrier window van, the introduction of the new late model with a fully independent suspension replacing the original swing axle was the bigger news. And then she got the garage roof replaced.
The damage had been done and the Corvair was on the way out. I will be happy to give you my former husband's name and phone number for viewing the car and to set up a time to drive it. Chassis refinements for 1965 included a Z17 performance suspension package with a quick ratio steering box that produced major improvements in handling. Even has the original non-retractable Seat Belts! As a result, just 27,253 Corvairs were built for 1967. All parts are original except for the Carburetor.
Has been Garaged all of its life. Also there is a small dent on 1 fender, 2 door dings, and some small scratches. An absence of trim holes on the decklid and a 110 badge are the first giveaways of the engine and trim level. He drove it to work and back for awhile, and advertised a book he'd written on the back bumper. Original Turbo 500 6 cyl.