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.
My dads friend bought this off the original owner and barly drove it. The car was hit in the rear quarter but i couldnt stand seeing a beautiful original GT not get used. so at the age of 15 i bought the car for $1,400 with 170,000 all original miles. its wildstrawberry red with the titanium silver lower trim. its a 5spd and has almost every option. the car came with paperwork of everything thats ever been done since new. Summer of 07 me and my dad got working on the body work which be did completly at home in the garage including paint. So far i have just been adding simple bolt-ons including 3.55 rear gears, Flowmaster mufflers, Pro 5.0 short shifter, K&N drop in filter. In march when i get my license this will be my daily driver.
1966 Corvair Monza Sport Coupe
164 C.I.D. Opposed 6-cylinder engine, air cooled.
Lemonwood Yellow paint, Black interior
*5.0L EFI HO 8-CYL. ENGINE
*EEC-IV COMPUTERIZED ENGINE CONTROLS
*5-SPEED MANUAL O/D TRANS
*POWER RACK-AND-PINION STEERING W/ 15:1 RATIO
*HANDLING SUSPENSION INCL.
-VARIABLE RATE SPRINGS
-GAS PRESSURIZED STRUTS AND SHOCKS
-QUADRA SHOCK REAR SUSPENSION
*POWER FRONT DISK/REAR DRUM BRAKES
*P225/VR6015 UNIDIRECTIONAL HANDLING TIRES
*15"x7" CAST ALUM. WHEELS
*SPORT TURNED DUAL EXHAUST
*AERO HALOGEN HEADLAMPS
*SPLIT FOLD REAR SEAT
*ELECTRONIC AM/FM STEREO RADIO WITH CLOCK
*ILLUMINATED VISOR MIRRORS
*INTERVAL WINDSHIELD WIPERS
-OIL PRESSURE GAUGE
*ARTICULATE SPORT SEATS WITH POWER LUMBAR SUPPORT
*HEAVY DUTY BATTERY
(All options verified by build sheet)
140 horsepower, 4 carb engine
"Mag-Style" full wheel covers
AM pushbutton radio
PREFERRED EQUIPMENT GROUP
-POWER EQUIPMENT GROUP
-ELEC AM/FM RADIO W/CASS/CLOCK
-PREMIUM SOUND SYSTEM
-MANUAL AIR CONDITIONING
-FLIP-UP OPEN AIR ROOF
-FRONT LICENSE PLATE BRACKET
-REAR WINDOW DEFROSTER
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"
FRPP 3.55 gears
K&N drop in filter
Pro 5.0 Shifter
Flowmaster American Thunder catback
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