1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder Turbo
1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder Turbo
- 2.4L Flat 6
- 4 Speed Manual Transmission
- New Convertible Top
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“Corvair enthusiasts love their cars.” -Jonathan Klinger, a spokesman for Hagerty
The 2016 Bloomberg article entitled “Why you should buy a Chevy Corvair right now” that quoted the Hagerty spokesman above, continued: “It's difficult to find a group of owners as devoted to their chosen collectible as those who love the Corvair. The cars are in movies, at low-rider rallies... and in Jay Leno's garage.”
Across the Corvair's model range, the most desirable model is the Monza Spyder Turbo. As Bloomberg explained, “... the turbo-charged engines in later models and compact bodies made them seem faintly foreign, more like something from Wolfsburg, Germany, than from Motown.” Corvair advertisements put it this way: “It hugs the road like it's in love with it, steers precisely, responds swiftly to finger or foot. In fact, there just isn't another production car made in this country to compare with it.”
This 1963 silver-blue Monza Spyder Turbo is an excellent-condition example of what really is a historic and iconic American automobile. Showing just 18,000 miles on its odometer and with all data tags affixed by the factory still in place, this Monza Spyder is a true collectible.
The car's exterior silver-blue paint is in very-good-to-excellent condition overall. Bespoke Spyder badging on the car's flanks and front fascia, and Corvair emblem on the trunk are present and in excellent unrestored condition. Wheels wear full-cover-hubcaps in a wire-wheel style with simulated knock-off caps identified with Corvair logos. Thin-whitewall Goodyear tires, correct for the period, are mounted. Chrome work on the grille, quad-headlight surrounds, bumpers, windshield frame, lower-body-side trim, front and rear bumper over-riders, lower rear-valance louvers is well maintained, shiny, and largely un-pitted. Even the lip-protector below the gas-filler cap shows well. Headlight lenses are clear, as are the lenses for the jet-aircraft-inspired four taillights. The white fabric convertible top has been recently replaced.
The car's interior features blue vinyl throughout including vertical narrow-pleated lower seat upholstery, with a tufted square-panel design above. Turquoise carpeting is in place with the car's factory rubber protective floor mats included in the sale. The dash shows a distinct European flair with round gauges—including a tachometer—grouped in a silver-painted face (showing mild surface deterioration). The steering wheel is original to the car and displays Chevrolet-logo “turbocharged” badging. Simple pull controls and switches—including for the power top—complete the dash. The factory-original Chevrolet-branded AM push-button radio is mounted lower-center, below the dash in its stock position. The car's floor-mounted shifter features the 4-speed shift pattern on the knob.
Under the hood, in the trunk, and underneath the entire car, condition is excellent. The front trunk is clean and orderly showing small areas of light surface rust. The original glass GM “KleenView” windshield-washer bottle is in place. In the rear, the engine bay is complete with all components properly located. The air-cooled 2.4-liter flat-six engine is very clean with the turbocharger still wearing its factory “150-horsepower” sticker. Viewed from below, the chassis elements—including the independent suspension, floor pans, transmission, and door bottoms—all show no damage and virtually no rust.
We expect and invite in-person inspection of this beautiful, collectible '63 Corvair Monza Spyder Turbo. We ask only that you call or email us for an appointment in advance so that we can devote our full attention to you during your visit. Meanwhile, the more than 180 high-definition photographs of the car and the short walk-around-and-startup video on the GarageKeptMotors site faithfully represent the car's condition, but feel free to call or email with any questions.
“This is a wonderful road car,” Jay Leno said on his YouTube show about his Corvair. “A lot of people put down the Corvair, but I consider it one of the 10 best General Motors cars of all time because it was just so different from anything else they built. They really handle. They're built nicely. They're a lot of fun.”
Who are we to argue with Jay Leno?