If the Corvette was the queen of the Grand Touring category at Chevrolet from 1953 onwards, it was the Corvair and especially the Monza that democratised the sporting genre from 1960 onwards. Corvair's name is an amalgam of Corvette and Bel Air; as for Monza, it is rightly named after the famous Italian circuit near Milan. It was a pioneer in the American industrialization of a rear engine, even if the Tucker 48 already offered this feature (only 50 produced).
An innovation in the compact segment, the Corvair is almost entirely made of aluminium. It is equipped with an air-cooled in-line engine (Flat 6-cylinder), with the option of Super Turbo Air. The suspension is also innovative: independent on all four wheels, the quadri-flex is unique. It incorporates triangles and coil springs at the front, the transmission at the rear is nested in the axle, and the springs of the new camshaft are oscillating and double.
The turbo compression engine is now part of the American car world and demonstrates its advantages over the classic suppressor: space, silence, cost, economy and, of course, power, which is increased tenfold to 150 hp. The torque follows and is 285 Nm at 3200 rpm. The spyder package for less than $320 doesn't stop under the bonnet, the exhaust optimizes a beautiful sound and turbo emblems delight the bodywork. The interior also trades the standard instrumentation for raised meters in a brushed aluminum panel. The turbo logo on the horn makes an impact.
With 1.8 million cars produced between 1960 and 1969, the Corvair was still remarkably successful, it suffered the wrath of the Ford Mustang at the end of its career, with Chevrolet's efforts focused more on the Camaro.
This car is restored to new and is in exceptional condition.
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