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Long Shots – Here’s a 1964 Corvair Monza that proves you can own an Affordable Classic

Jim Brennan June 13, 2012 Car Shows, For Sale 17 Comments

I decided to go to the 38th annual Antique Auto Meet that was held in Glastonbury Connecticut this past weekend. This show has been put together by the Central Connecticut Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) and I do postings of cars that I find desirable, as well as a few that are for sale.

How many times have you thought that you could never seem to afford one of those collectible or classic cars that you see at the shows you attend during the weekend? Well, here is a historic collectible that is not only easy to maintain, but proves that some collectibles are indeed affordable. I’m talking about this cute 1964 Chevrolet Monza Coupe…

The 1964 Corvair looked like it was about to have a watershed sales year. The rear suspension was redesigned to prevent the cars tendency to tuck under the outside rear tire while cornering, with the adverse effect of producing oversteer in certain conditions. The lineup was trimmed down to 3 body styles (Coupe, Convertible, and Sedan), and were offered with engines having an increased displacement. Horsepower was increased as well, with three options; 95HP, 110HP, and Turbocharged 150HP.

Still, the improved Corvair could not compete when the Ford Mustang arrived in April of 1964, though Chevrolet managed to sell almost 215,000 units for the model year. Because of the overwhelming success of the Mustang, Corvairs have always languished in the Collector Car Market, but I think that’s about to break.

Take a look at this gem. It is a 1964 Monza Coupe, which was near the top spec for that year. The Monda Spyder offered the 150HP Turbocharged Engine, but this particular Monza was equipped with the 110HP mid-lined flat six, coupled with a Powerglide Automatic. This was a nicely equipped Corvair for 1964 and includes a bucket seat interior, full wheel discs (part of the Monza Package), Radio, Heater, and that’s about it.

I didn’t make a note as to the mileage, but overall it looks really clean. Asking price is a very reasonable $3,000. Once again, I have all the information and phone numbers of the seller, so email me if you want to acquire this ‘vair for your own.

Images Copyright Hooniverse 2012 / Jim Brennan (aka UDMan)

  • dukeisduke

    Jim, $3,000 is a very good price. Corvairs have already started appreciating in value over the last few years, and $3k for this car is a steal. The difference in the rear suspension on '64s is the addition of a transverse leaf spring (a camber compensator). Since it also takes up some of the springing duty, the '64s use softer rear coils. Before the '64s came along, at least a couple of aftermarket companies, like IECO, were offering bolt-on camber compensators, but they weren't as robust as Chevy's solution. It's possible to retrofit an earlier 'vair to use the '64 setup, but you have to swap the differential (it has the mounting provisions for the spring), along with the leaf spring, the coils, and the control arms.

  • Kogashiwa

    That's about what I paid for my dog-eared old Civic …

  • $kaycog

    $3K seems like a reasonable price to me, but it needs a trailer.

    <img src="http://yourbuyersinn.com/Cars/Palm%20Springs%202007/1964%20Corvair%20with%20Trailer%20540.JPG"width="500"/&gt;

    • njhoon

      Perfect! it is already the same color. This is strange and disturbing, yet really cool. I want one.

    • HTWHLS

      Is this trailer part of the deal above??!! Seriously..I'm getting the jones! I've got a '65 Monza in the air, getting the front suspension rebuilt…my Impala's going into the paint shop and the Ram is on the block for sale…I need a cool ride for the summer!

      • $kaycog

        The trailer isn't part of the deal…..darn! It sounds like you have a busy automotive life.

        • HTWHLS

          Trying to pack as much in as I can now that I'm getting older. Was trying to do HOT ROD's Power Tour for the last couple of years,,,didn't have another car to do the Great Race…and had to skip SEMA last year…but I'm trying to do my auto "bucket list" whenever I can.

  • sudden1

    Nooooo, run away! Trust me in this! Powerglide Corvairs are the ultimate beige or worse; They're pablum. We're talking twenty seconds to sixty. Save your pennies and at least get a four speed. And a drop- top. More better, spend the bucks and get a Spyder. Sixty in ten…I've owned a '63 Spyder convertible ( four speed of course), a '66 four-door powerglide with factory air, a 66 Corsa Turbo (four speed, limited slip, a 45 dcoe weber and a Rajay E-flow turbocharger that got the car in the high thirteens), and a '68 Monza 140 four speed. My fav: the Spyder…but the '68 was sweet.

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      I wonder if you are trying to deter other potential buyers, ha 😉 Anyway, glad to see more photos from this Jim. I was a little worried before when I was scrolling down reading and there was just the one Skylark, phew. That's a pretty Corvair and a great price.

    • dukeisduke

      They're not that bad to sixty. I had a '66 Monza four-door with a 110/PG setup, and it was much better than twenty seconds, probably closer to 12-14. And a PG to four-speed swap isn't that hard, either.

  • HTWHLS

    Jim,

    My '65 is on the blocks with the front suspension out and I need a driver! Please email the info to me! …nutzforautos@aol.com!

    Thanks!!

  • HTWHLS

    Jim,

    Can you send me the seller's info? "nutzforautos@aol.com…thanks! Send you an email too!

  • Mad_Hungarian

    Beautiful — and the bargain of the century, unless there is something majorly wrong with the drivetrain or the floorpans are swiss cheese. I have one — not quite that nice, not at all, and I already have more than $3K in it, including the acquisition cost. Damn.

    • HTWHLS

      Life's a gamble..right? Better to gamble 3K than 23K..

      besides, floorpans are not a bad deal..and if the motor needs a complete rebuild, you can drop the entire running gear in one fell swoop and get it done. Raffee Corvair does bitchin' work and between Clark's, Corvair Underground and him, you can get damn near any part.

  • DemonXanth
  • HTWHLS

    Spoke to seller..he's got a deposit..I'm waiting to see if that deal goes through..if not, I may have a shot.

  • HTWHLS

    I got nicked by a local and the car got away. Thanks for the info, Jim.
    "…missed it by THAT much…"