1965 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa Turbo Convertible
1959 Austin-Healey Sprite Rotary
Head to Head
About “The Corsa”
I bought this car the week after I graduated from high
school. The owner was selling four corvairs, including
two '65 Corsa turbos, a '62 convertible, and, the one I
SHOULD have bought, a '69 140/4 convertible. (Man,
I really wish I knew what happened to the '69.)
When I bought this car, the turbo was seized up. I ended up
driving this car for the first few years I was in college,
and never had the money to get the turbo working.
After driving it for a few years, I bought a Toyota Supra
for my daily driver, and my brother started driving this
Corvair while he was restoring his 1973 Opel GT. At
some point, he and his friend managed to throw a
fanbelt and continued to drive the car, resulting in
a dropped valve seat,. The car was parked for several
years until I finally purchased a used turbo motor in
Texas and put it in the Vair.
Now, it is sitting in my garage, waiting for restoration to begin. I will be returning it to its factory original color of Madeira Maroon, which will look great with the white and black interior, and the white top.
I always wanted an early model speedster ever since I had my first ride in a TR6 when I was a kid. The car felt like a big go-kart and I never forgot that experience. So I finally had the money and the time to do this. I found a 1959 Bugeye and a RX-7 13B rotary motor on a local ebay type site and well here I am. Its been two year now and I almost ready to get this project fired up. It been a long road since the entire build has been done outside under a homemade carport in New England. I've worked in Rain, Heat, Snow and Cold to for fill this dream. This is a real backyard project and I've done all the work myself from structure to wiring. I've learn a lot and and have many people to thank. Hope you enjoy this build as much as I enjoyed doing it. It's about 70% complete and I'll work through the winter to finish her up for a spring 2010 debut. Stay Tuned!!! All done but the paint and it is a violent, but strangely fun to drive. I need to make some sort aero package as it gets pretty squirrely at highway speed. I'm sure it's nothing that more money won't take care of! CHECK OUT THE COOL VIDEOS TO SEE IT IN MOTION!!!!! Thanks Dave.
Specs for “The Corsa”
164 c.i. air-cooled flat 6
265 lb-ft torque
4-speed manual transmission
3.55:1 rear end
Specs for “BuzzBomb”
Curb weight 1300lbs @ 150hp, 1987 13b Mazda RX-7 rotary motor.
Factory Options for “The Corsa”
L87 turbocharged 180 hp engine
4-speed manual transmission
Two-speed wipers with washer
Wire wheel covers with three-prong spinners
Factory Options for “BuzzBomb”
Not much is these car, not even a radio. Came with 948CC motor. 4 speed manual tranny
Mods for “The Corsa”
Bored .030 over
Forged competition pistons
Oversized oil pump
Finned aluminum oil pan
Heavy duty springs, 1 coil cut in front
Adjustable gas shocks
Alpine pull-out stereo
Mods for “BuzzBomb”
Removed drive train. Installed 1987 Mazda 13B Rotary engine. Required chassis and internal body cut. Removed EFI, black boxes, Emission rat nest. Installed a Rotary Shack Side draft carbs and manifolds (Props to Robert at the Shack). Removed all vintage wiring, fixtures, gages and switches. Installed a Painless 12CRT wiring harness and American wiring switches. 10 gallon JAZ fuel cell. External Oil cooler. Aluminum Radiator. E-fan. Led lighting. Replaced seamed beam head lights with H-4 Halogen Headlights with halo's. Installed a Mazda 5 speed tranny. Duel Faucet fuel pumps. Custom 2-1/2" header and exhaust. Two 2-1/2 pre silencers. Front disc brake up grade. Perma cool E-fan, Griffin Radiator. Stainless radiator hoses, and One bad attitude K&N Filters!
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