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Norristown, Pennsylvania
United States

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Orange, Massachusetts
United States


1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza


1964 Ford Mustang Coupe


Photo of: 1966 Chevrolet Corvair
Photo of: 1964 Ford Mustang

No longer owned


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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 “Red”

Originally Poppy Red with Black interior, now is Metallic Red (House of Colors) with a Palimino interior. When I purchased it in 2004, it had a pearl top coat applied and had ponies painted on the sides. It had a partial restoration of body and sub-frame done in 2007. Also replaced all rubber seals, gaskets, carpets, trunk liner and tires while it was in the shop.
This car was built in Dearborn, MI on April 8th, 1964 which makes it one of the few 1964 1/2 Coupes with the factory 289 4V and 4-speed manual transmission combination. The engine modifications (listed below) were done before I owned it and it was a participant of the 1991 Ford Motorsport Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, PA. I tried to verify this with Maple Grove Raceway but, they do not keep records for that far back.


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 “Red”

289 4V V8 D-Code Engine
4-Speed Manual Transmission
3.00:1 Axle, Conventional
Dual Exhaust


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 “Red”

2-Door Coupe
Poppy Red Exterior Paint
Black Crinkle Vinyl Standard Seat Trim
289 4V V8 D-Code Engine
4-Speed Manual Transmission
3.00:1 Axle, Conventional
Dual Exhaust
Push-button AM Radio


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 “Red”

Slotted Aluminum Wheels
Edelbrock Aluminum Manifold
Cobra Air Cleaner and Valve Covers
Holley 4 BBL Carbuerator
Lakewood Traction Bars
Oil Pressure and Ampere Guages
Grant Wood/Aluminum Steering Wheel
House of Colors Metallic Red Paint
Palimino Vinyl Interior


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