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Cars > Challenges > “"Ashley"” Vs “Riviera 65 GS”

 

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CorvairJim

M–52
Norristown, Pennsylvania
United States

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buickriviera

M–42
Jelenia Góra, Dolno?l?skie
Poland

 

1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza

“"Ashley"”

1965 Buick Riviera GS

“Riviera 65 GS”

 
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About “"Ashley"”

Back in 2000, I had the misfortune to have to take a prescription that meant I couldn't drive. I sold the daily car I had at that point (one plain-Jane black 5-speed Cavalier coupe - a transportation appliance at best). A couple of years went by, and I changed doctors. The new guy prescribed something different for my condition, so I needed wheels once again. I could: A) spend $4,500 on a cheap used car that would just blend into the woodwork or, B) Find a really decent Corvair set up the way I like it. Now THAT car doesn't blend in. I found this '66 Corvair in Denver, CO, on eBay. The engine had been rebuilt by a nationally-known Corvair specialist shortly before the previous owner put it into storage for about ten years. It came out of the rebuild capable of putting 220 horsepower down to the pavement. Not bad for 164 unblown, carbureted cubic inches! It also had new tires all around. I won the auction, and flew out with my wife to drive it home. A fantastic road trip, and it cost half as much as shipping it would have. It became my daily driver for the next three years, until, in late '05, I had it in for state inspection at a friends Corvair restoration shop. While it was up on the lift, I got to see just how little rust the car had underneath. I decided at that point that it had seen its last winter of Pennsylvania road salt! It is now my nice spring day car, and a pleasure to drive. It still draws attention wherever I go with it.

UPDATE: I had to sell my beloved Ashley in August of 2009 due to the nation's lousy economy. My overtime had gone away and and my wife lost her job due to a work-related disability that they refused to accept responsibility for, so we just couldn't justify the expense of nearly $100/month to insure the third car in a two-driver household. Our mortgage was a couple of months behind, so sadly I took a friend up on his standing offer on her. As promised, he has given her the complete cosmetic restoration she so badly deserved. Of course, she didn't need anything mechanically - I always kept her up 100% mechanically. Furthermore, he gave me right of first refusal, so if he should ever decide to sell her, I get the first opportunity to buy her back.

About “Riviera 65 GS”

I was looking on Ebay for a wheel for my Riv 72, as one was not in good condition. I've found it and took it. Then I've asked the seller (John), if he has maybe more ? Answer was that no, he had only this one, as he bought it years ago for his Riv 65, but the wheel was not fitting.
Wow, Riv 65 was my next-to-have dream car. John said, that he is considering to sell her. Car was complete, original, running, but body was requiring hard work. But in the moment that he told me that this is Gran Sport model, decision was made. Few discussions with my wonderful wife and the dream come true (thanks Ewa !). And what kind of true - I was never even thinking that I will get GS.....
All the story (from wheel purchase) started in April, and we finalize the deal for the car in December. No hurry, a lot of contacts, we are friends today.

 

Specs for “"Ashley"”

1966 Corvair Monza Sport Coupe
164 C.I.D. Opposed 6-cylinder engine, air cooled.
Lemonwood Yellow paint, Black interior

Specs for “Riviera 65 GS”

GS model, 425ci two carbs.
http://rivown...n/evpt65.html

 

Factory Options for “"Ashley"”

(All options verified by build sheet)
140 horsepower, 4 carb engine
4-speed transaxle
Posi rear
Sport Suspension
"Mag-Style" full wheel covers
AM pushbutton radio

Factory Options for “Riviera 65 GS”

Gran Sport package, engine no. & code matching

 

Mods for “"Ashley"”

Engine rebuilt to Yenko Stinger Stage III specs - 220 net horsepower.
Suspension lowered 1 coil.
Gas shocks
Steering Dampener
Low-restriction intake and exhaust.
Full window tint.
Tail panel painted silver (like the factory did with the Corvair Corsa model).
AM/FM/CD/Stereo unit mounted under the dash - NO holes cut or drilled for the installation!
Additional gauges (Tachometer, Voltmeter, Oil Pressure, Oil Temperature)
Pennsylvania Vanity Plate "CORVA1R"

Mods for “Riviera 65 GS”

will be restored soon in next 1 year time (I hope ;-) ).
No modification - will try to keep as original as possible. The only mod will be conversion to dual reservoir brake pump (original is one reservoir), due to safety reason.

 

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