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Californiaclassix 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Convertible

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvair
Year: 1964
Mileage: 08016
VIN: 40967W220546
Vehicle Title: Clean
Item location: Ventura, California, United States

1964 Chevrolet Corvair Additional Info:

-0 A 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Convertible, now for sale on eBay! The "American Porsche 356:" 1964 Chevrolet Corvair
Monza Convertible! Please wait a few moments while our high-resolution photos load.

Inspired by Volkswagen's and Porsche's success in the U.S., in the late 1950s Chevrolet developed a totally new, unibody compact car, put an aircooled 6-cylinder boxer engine in the back, and called it the Corvair, combining the words "Corvette" and "Bel Air."

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The General was way ahead of the Krauts though, as all Porsches came with 4-bangers until the '65 model year, when the Model 911 was introduced. So who copied who?

The similarities are stunning: both cars, the Porsche 911 and the Chevrolet Corvair have a 6-cylinder Boxer engine, out back. Both are air cooled. Both have multiple carburetors. Now compare today's price of a 1964 Porsche convertible with that of a 1964 Corvair convertible, and you'll recognize what an amazing value the latter presents.

This 1964 Corvair Monza convertible, VIN*40967W220546* has lived a pampered life. Originally sold in Georgia, it eventually found its way to sunny Southern California. The car never suffered from the usual rust malaise. It appears to be as original as one could hope for, with no sign of accident damage, either.

The convertible comes with handbooks and repair manuals, as well as receipts for recent fuel system and brake work. Note upgraded dual brake master cylinder and extra set of carburetors.

Unlike the Porsche with its small front compartment, the Corvair offers plenty of trunk space.

The vulnerable "nose" section is perfect, with no sign of corrosion or damage present.

This Monza is from the last year of first-generation production, featuring many mechanical upgrades over the earlier cars -- bigger engine, better suspension -- while retaining the desirable first-gen design. The coachwork appears well preserved throughout and looks very straight. There are a few expected signs of age and use, such as small nicks and dings, but nothing to lose sleep over.

White convertible top is in excellent condition, free of rips or tears, with a clear rear window. The factory-supplied, fitted tonneau cover is also included.

Best of all, the Ember Red paint still looks to be the original, factory-applied coat. It acquired a bit of fading during the last 55 years as well as a myriad of small imperfections, but is still utterly presentable and satisfying to look at, like a worn but well-loved baseball glove. This Monza is probably one of the last original, unrestored Corvairs in captivity.

Let's check out the interior. Dash looks all original and well-preserved.

Simple but elegantly designed, the dash with its dual coves bears a slight resemblance to the Corvette's.

All original gauge cluster. Everything you need, nothing you don't. Lights and gauges work as they should.

Above left: radio has been upgraded with a more modern "vintage look" AM/FM/Cassette unit, retains original trim plate.
Above right: cool knob (factory correct) atop the chrome shifter of the floor-mounted 4-speed manual transmission.

Front bucket seats are super comfy, accommodate large drivers. Flat floor adds roominess.

Lipstick red leatherette interior was re-upholstered in the correct style a while ago, correct red loop carpeting is brand new.

Rear bench seat, wide enough for three passengers.

Bird's eye view of dash, door cards, carpet and seats reveals Monza's very pleasing ambiance.

Sexy rear view of the Corvair. Vintage Georgia license plate dates back to 1964 and is included in the sale. Car comes with a clear California title, of course.

Potent 2.7-liter, 110 hp six features dual carbs and many light alloy internal components.

Engine runs great, a full service and tune up has been performed recently. The engine is clean and dry, top and bottom.

Engine bay-mounted spare is included. Factory jack is shown in the trunk.

Undercarriage has always been kept clean. Corrosion has never been an issue as this little convertible was used almost exclusively during the summer months

Fantastic original floors!

Enjoying a hot summer day near the beach, we were excited to take the Corvair for a spin, taking photos along the way.

The Monza starts willingly, displays a lively idle, sounds sporty, runs strong, shifts like butter (new clutch), brakes sure-footedly and handles way better than Ralph Nader gave it credit for.

Not too small, not too big -- a Corvair is just the right size for an around-town convertible offering open-air fun for a family of five. Needless to say, the car holds its own on the freeways, too!

Returning home, we are excited about this fine Corvair. It runs as good as it looks - and it gets plenty of looks, too. A great conversation piece, everybody wants to know what it is, who made it, and how long ago it was built. Creating good vibes all around, with a Corvair you'll never look like a snob. It's like driving a contemporary Porsche Kabriolett while flying the American flag.

This car's a real, classic convertible from the Swingin' Sixties, but it's one you can own on a daily-driver budget. Insurance and parts are cheap, it sips gas, and doesn't take up much room. You'll be proud to teach the kids how to drive a stick in the Corvair. Keep it around for sunny day fun, cherish its spunkiness, and leave it to the grandkids. A Chevrolet Corvair convertible is a real American heirloom!

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Here's a 4:30 minute video of the car

You are most welcome and encouraged to view this fine automobile in Ventura, by appointment, during the auction, or have someone inspect it for you. Please, perform your due diligence before you bid.

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  • The car comes with a clear California Certificate of Title. It is smog exempt and sold "as is, where is" with no warranty stated or implied. Mileage stated above is the current odometer reading. Georgia license plate shown for photographic purposes only but included in the sale.
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