The Corvair always marched to its own drummer, and today it's probably the most underrated collector car of them all. With great performance, stylish good looks, and impressive economy, it's a great hobby car for our times. This 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza convertible in brilliant red makes for a wonderful summertime cruiser that is just unusual enough to generate a ton of attention.
It really is hard to go wrong with a bright red ragtop, and the humble Corvair delivers a funky 1960s look that always attracts attention. You can see shades of the Bel Air in the rear 3/4 view, there's a hint of the upcoming Camaro in the profile, and for an inexpensive car, the stylists seem to have put in a few late nights making it look right. The restoration continued that legacy, giving it a better than average finish, and the bright red paint shines better than anything they were spraying in the '60s. That crease that wraps around the body runs in an unbroken line across every panel on the car, and they all line up neatly, so a good amount of time has been invested in the fit and finish. The Corvair, of course, has no need for a grille, but the trim up front looks great, the chin spoiler adds a sporty element and the rest of the brightwork that is on the car has been neatly polished, including a set of chrome bumpers and rear valance trim that sparkles beautifully against the red finish.
Inside, the Corvair offers room for five thanks to a handsome bucket seat interior. We wouldn't be surprised if the upholstery on the seats is original, but it's in very good shape with only minor signs of use, and the matching door panels and carpet present very well too. Thanks to the rear engine, the floor is completely flat, adding valuable legroom front and rear, and nobody will be complaining about spending an afternoon in the back seat. Gauges are sensible and basic, and although the lens is a big cloudy after nearly 50 years, all of them are fully functional. The original AM radio is remarkably still in the dash, and if you're wondering where the shifter is, take a closer on the dash and you'll see that this is a rather rare automatic model, which makes this Corvair a blast to drive around town. With the engine in back, the front trunk is spacious, wearing a fresh coat of gray spatter finish paint and a reproduction rubber mat.
You're also in luck because in 1964, the Corvair got a larger engine, thanks to a longer stroke. Now displacing 164 cubic inches, it makes 95 horsepower, and in the lightweight convertible, performance is lively. The rear axle was tamed thanks to a transverse leaf spring like the Corvette's, and the heavy-duty suspension was standard equipment. The flat-six engine is distinctive in the rear engine bay, with its wide air cleaner and elaborate fan belt routing. It's highly original under the hood, but quite well maintained and very presentable well, so it starts easily and drives well thanks to a pair of carburetors that look to have been rebuilt not that long ago. Thanks to a stock exhaust system, it has a traditional Corvair grumble, and the period-correct steel wheels are adorned with wire hubcaps and wrapped with 185/80/13 thin whitewall radials at all four corners.
A fun little fair-weather cruiser that's great around town and attracts attention like a much more expensive car. Call today!