If a Corvette can go by the name ‘vette, can the Corvair go by the name ‘vair? Discuss amongst yourselves. Meanwhile, there are a few compelling things to share about this Monza ragtop up for grabs. Few people nowadays keep a car for more than just a few years, but the prior owner of this Ruby Red Corvair has hung onto it for an impressive three decades. It is now being offered by a selling dealer in Delran, New Jersey with an owner’s manual and a car cover.
The Corvair (sold between model years 1960 and 1969) took a unique approach to automotive engineering in many ways. Aside from a characteristic rear-mounted powertrain layout, it also came with a four-wheel independent suspension. The platform – dubbed the Z-body by General Motors – could be tweaked and reconfigured as a coupe, sedan, convertible, passenger van, commercial van, pickup, and a convertible. Basically, there was a Corvair for everyone – or at least that was part of the philosophy.
Power for this second-generation 1966 model comes from a 164cid air-cooled flat-six mated to a two-speed automatic transaxle. The odometer shows 63,113 miles, which the selling dealer states is an accurate reading. The dealer also says that service has been kept up to date, and there are no known mechanical needs at this time.
While specific notes about any prior paint or body work are not presented in the AutoHunter listing, the included photos show that the car has indeed been garage-kept, and its clean exterior look is completed with a set of period-correct wire wheel covers, knock-off center caps, and whitewall tires. The listing includes a very short video of the exterior.
Production of the Corvair would continue through the end of the 1960s, after which it was ultimately phased out. But today, the model still garners a strong enthusiast following including a nationwide Corvair Society of America (CORSA) and a regional chapter in the southwest called the Cactus Corvair Club. There is bound to be a community of Corvair people near you.
Here’s your chance to own a nicely-kept ‘vair to take to the next meet. Okay, that name doesn’t sound very good at all, so I’ll retract my contraction suggestion. But go look at the car either way.
The auction for this 1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Convertible ends
Friday, September 15, 2023, at 12:45 p.m. (PDT)