- Engine Size
- 140 CI
- Transmission Type
- 2 Speed Automatic
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
Until the 1950s, most American auto manufacturers made one size of car: large. Imports from Europe such as Volkswagen, Renault, and Fiat showed that there was a market in the U.S. for smaller cars, mostly as a second car or an alternative for the budget-minded. Led by General Manager Edward N. Cole, Chevrolet designed a revolutionary new car. It was powered by an air-cooled horizontal six-cylinder engine made almost entirely out of aluminum. The engine was mounted in the rear of the car, driving the rear wheels through a compact automatic transaxle. Suspension was independent at all four wheels. There was no conventional frame; it was the first Unibody built by Fisher Body and the styling was unconventional for Detroit, subtle and elegant, with no tailfins or chrome grille.
This Monza Corvair has a stamped ZF engine, which means it is a high-performance model. The overall car is showing in good condition, mechanically sound, and true to 1963 model, excepting the front hood, which the consigner states is from 1964. A repainted exterior in Red is in good condition, with a few blemishes. The underbelly of this car shows only surface rust, with one floor pan replaced.
Red covers the metal and overall exterior of the car and presents in good condition. Fit and finish is good, body is straight, and all is in working order. Chrome is a bit pitted, and certain parts appear to have a gold cast. Consigner states that these parts were painted on chrome. Interestingly they are blemish free. 13-inch wheels are covered by standard Chevrolet full wheel covers, and P175/80R13 tires, which were nearly standard issue for all Corvairs from this time period. Badging is original and correct excepting, as stated, the front hood.
Black vinyl wide bucket seats in front and a bench in the rear show a few tears, but otherwise in good condition. Standard Corvair dash is like new, and all knobs and buttons are present, and working. The Odometer shows 58,052 miles which is believed to be original. An automatic shift lever is on the steering column, steering wheel is original, and in good condition. An AM radio is present in the mid dash and is adorned with horizontal ribbed aluminum to match the rest of the dash area. Black carpet covers the floor, and a small vinyl covered compartment with cup holders on either side is in the middle of the bucket seats.
An air cooled flat 6-cylinder aluminum engine, 140CI, that produces 102HP resides within the trunk area. A two-speed power glide automatic transmission is attached and drives a compact automatic transaxle that has independent suspension. Drum brakes are on all wheels.
This 1963 Chevrolet Corvair runs smoothly, is in good condition and shows well as Chevrolet's entry into the compact car market. Unibody is in good condition and shows little surface rust. A garaged example with Jetson's-esque design, this car is ready to drive away, and take you back to the future!