1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza convertible
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(DISCLAIMER: The Photo above and those in the car's album ARE NOT THE ACTUAL CAR I OWNED! They are pictures I found online of a remarkably similar car - so close that I think it may be the actual car, but I have no way of knowing for sure.)
In May of 1991, my then-wife up and left with no notice, taking the kids with her. It took me a month to learn where they were, but that didn't stop her from hitting me up for money. We had already agreed that I would be attending the Corvair Society of America National Convention that year in Washington, D.C. with our oldest daughter, Becky, since it would be a good educational trip for her as well as a bonding experience for her and me. I didn't want to go there in my Beretta if I could avoid it - I'd much rather go to a Corvair Covention in a CORVAIR! A good friend of mine who had a side business buying, selling, repairing, and restoring Corvairs knew of my situation and came up with an idea: He had just bought an original 1964 Monza sedan with just 30,000 original miles. It had been in storage for a decade, so it needed a bunch of TLC to make it a reliable, drivable car. He had a correct 1964 engine in his workshop that just needed a little freshening up, but it needed brakes all around. His idea was that I would buy the car from him for all of $1(!), do the mechanical work (with his coaching and his tools at his shop, learning as I go), and fully detail he car - my forte. I would have the car titled in my name and could use it however I pleased through the summer into the fall, after which I would sell it back to him for $1. He got cheap labor and a car that was all cleaned up to sell and I got a really nice car to go to the convention with my daughter in. At the convention, the car would have placed second in it's class in the show, except that it wasn't put in the class I expected it to be in. I wanted it to be in Factory Stock Unrestored, but the car had a GM Dealer-Installed burglar alarm on it that wasn't designed specifically for the Corvair, so it was classified as 'Street Stock'. We did a bunchbetter in the moving events: Top 1/3 overall in the Road Rally (Becky's first time as a Rally navigator), second in class in the Econo-Run, and second in class in the Autocross. The Corvair Club has what it calls the "Ed Cole Award" named after GM's past president who pushed the Corvair project into production (among other things, like the Chevy small block V8, etc...) for the participant who has the highest combined score in all events. Becky, the '64 Monza sedan, and I finished 8th of 24 entries in the Cole Award competition that year - Not too shabby for a first-time participant with a first-time navigator in the Rally and Econo-Run in a $1 car!
Vixen and I first saw each other at Fairway Chevrolet here in town. It was love at first sight! I drooled over her for months. She wasn't for sale there on the lot, an employee owned her and drove her daily. On my birthday in 1997 my husband surprised me with the gift of Vixen, my 64 convertible!!!!! I was so thrilled to have her my first question was, "Does she run?" because it really, truly didn't matter to me. She was mine!!!! My twin sister helped me name her because she was here celebrating our birthdays on that joyous day. Since it was so close to Christmas, my Corvair got the name Vixen--after Santa's reindeer of the same name.
She needed some work, but she ran and I started driving her daily almost immediately. (We did fix the gas tank leak first.) A few dozen coats of Meguiars waxes had her gleaming like she didn't really need paint. Most of her trim pieces were in boxes in the trunk, but little by little I put her back together.
In 2000 and 2001 she got new paint and interior. In 2004 she got a motor rebuild.
I drive her everywhere with the top down year round!!!
Specs for “Goldylocks”
164 C.I.D. Horizontally-Opposed Air-Cooled6-Cylinder Engine
2-Speed Powerglide Automatic Transaxle
0-60: 13 seconds
1/4 Mile: 19 Seconds
Gas Mileage in the Econo-Run: 39MPG!
Specs for “Vixen”
She's a 110 bored 30 over, powerglide.
Factory Options for “Goldylocks”
110 Horsepower Super Turbo Air Engine
Powerglide Automatic Transaxle
AM Pushbutton Radio
Dealer-Installed Burglar Alarm
Dealer-Installed Trailer Hitch
Factory Options for “Vixen”
No factory options listed.
Mods for “Goldylocks”
None whatsoever - The car was exactly as it left the showroom.
Mods for “Vixen”
I made her my own when we did the paint and interior. She was Fawn in color from the factory, but was red with black interior when I got her. She has been Argent Silver since 2001. She has 61 NOS hubcabs. (Did you know that 61 Monza hubcabs have to have 61 wheels? I didn't either until I was putting her back together.) She has 60 tail lights, 62 dash and grill. I just took all the parts and pieces I thought were prettiest and built my own little car. She also has a custom made pair of fuzzy dice made by my lovely twin sister!
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