1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
2007 Mazda MAZDASPEED MAZDA6 Sport
Head to Head
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 “Suzie II”
I purchased this car new in August 2007. It is my daily driver and my hobby. This is my first forced induction car, and is a blast to drive. All-wheel Drive, 6-speed manual, and 270+ hp adds up to a lot of fun.
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 “Suzie II”
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 138 cu in, 2260cc
Power (SAE net): 270 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Torque (SAE net): 280 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual
Wheelbase: 105.3 in
Length: 186.8 in
Width: 70.1 in
Height: 56.3 in
Curb weight: 3589 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 5.4 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 14.5 sec
Zero to 110 mph: 17.5 sec
Street start, 5-60 mph: 6.9 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.0 sec @ 99 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 149 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 155 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.87 g
EPA city/highway driving: 19/25 mpg
Factory Options for “"Ashley"”
(All options verified by build sheet)
140 horsepower, 4 carb engine
"Mag-Style" full wheel covers
AM pushbutton radio
Factory Options for “Suzie II”
No factory options listed.
Mods for “"Ashley"”
Engine rebuilt to Yenko Stinger Stage III specs - 220 net horsepower.
Suspension lowered 1 coil.
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 “Suzie II”
Short Ram Intake (from Mazdaspeed CAI)
HKS SSQV Recirculating Bypass Valve
Custom Turbo inlet Pipe
CPE Wishbone Rear Engine Mount
TWM Stage 1 Short Shift Kit
Eibach Pro Sport Springs
Bilstein HD Struts/Shocks
SPC Adjustable Ball Joints
Turbine Tech Front Engine Mount
Turbine Tech Front Mount Liquid/Air Intercooler
Power Folding LED Mirrors
Shark Fin Antenna
Badgeless Sport Grille (Color matched)
CAR-LED Black 'Ring' Tail lamps
Smoked L.E.D. Side Marker Lights
Smoked L.E.D. Rear Reflector Lights
Tinted Windows 35%/20%
18x8 Maxda RX-8 Rims w/ Yokohama Sport Advan tires
Lotek Gauge Pod
STRI-DSD Gauge(s) including Boost, Oil Pressure, Volts
Red L.E.D. Drink Holder Lighting
Red L.E.D. Center Console Lighting
Red Neon Under Dash Lighting
Audio Link MP3 Player w/ 2GB Memory
Stereo System Modifications
Rockford Fosgate Custom Stereo Components
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