1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
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This 1965 Corvair Monza convertible is one of the nicest on the market. With 44k actual miles it is in exceptional condition and fun to drive. The exterior and interior are both impressive, but be sure not to miss the underside pictures. It is very hard to find such a clean, solid vehicle from this era! This Corvair also comes with a nice set of documentation including the original owners guide and warranty manual with Protect-O-Plate.
The car’s data tag shows production in the third week of June 1965 at the Willow Run plant. In a timely fashion, it was then sold on June 28 by Queen City Chevrolet in Cincinnati. It remained in that area until moving to South Carolina some years later. It is very obvious this car was well cared for since new; they don’t survive almost 60 years and stay in this condition by accident. The panel gaps are all excellent, and the factory sheetmetal and spot welds look amazing. There has been one quality repaint in its original Mist Blue which looks fantastic. The chrome and moldings are in exceptional condition too. The white power top works smoothly and includes a protective boot. The top is original and shows some age at the edges and some rear window discoloration, but is good condition overall.
The engine is the original air cooled 164ci flat six. This is the optional 110hp version mated to a Powerglide automatic transmission. The engine stamp reflects a build date of June 15 which aligns nicely with the other dates. Note the complete stamp also appears on the Protect-O-Plate. The engine purrs nicely and the transmission shifts properly. Everything is in good mechanical condition throughout. Note the brakes have just been redone with new wheel cylinders and shoes. The 155/80R13 tires look good but are about 20 years old. The asking price includes new tires installed with the buyer’s choice of white stripe or black sidewalls.
The factory blue interior is all original and in remarkable condition. The Corvair presents a simple, straightforward cabin with front bucket seats and a rear bench with added seat belts. Instrumentation consists of the speedometer along with warning lights for the alternator, engine temperature, and oil pressure (all of which work). There is also a dash mounted gear selector along with heat / defrost control levers and an AM radio. The steering wheel is adorned by a Monza horn ring. The horn, wipers, and parking brake all function as do all the turn signals and lights.
Corvairs remain a fantastic bargain in the collector car world. Their styling and innovation had few equals in the 1960’s, and they remain practical cars that are easy to work on. This desirable Monza version takes all those attributes and presents them with a degree of quality that really stands out. Yet with all these positives it is still priced less than the average project Camaro. I’d say that’s a bargain indeed.
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