September 1st, 2019 Update – we confirmed the seller of this Corvair deleted their Craigslist ad, so we’re calling this one “Sold!”
Nader be damned! We love Corvairs here at Guys With Rides, so it was a long overdue pleasure to find this second-generation 1966 Corvair Monza Convertible on Craigslist in Stamford, Connecticut. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide, the seller has their Corvair smartly priced a little less than halfway between the #3 “Good” level of $10,800 and the #4 “Fair” (considered daily driver) value of $6,400.
Chevrolet introduced a thoroughly redesigned second-generation Corvair for the 1965 model year that featured nicely updated styling yet more importantly, a new fully independent coil spring suspension that replaced the original swing axle setup Ralph Nader unfairly criticized in his book Unsafe at Any Speed. The 1966 models were largely unchanged and by this time Nader’s book combined with the huge popularity of Ford’s Mustang led to a rapid sales decline. 1966 was the last year for convertible Corvairs.
Unfortunately, the seller provides only a short, one sentence description in his post, so you’ll have to contact him directly to learn more about the history of his Corvair. What we can tell from the pictures is that the interior is in at least very good condition. We note the dash-mounted shifter just left of the radio that controls the Powerglide automatic transaxle. The radio appears to be modern Classic Auto Sound unit.
In his brief description, the seller notes that the 164 cubic inch air-cooled flat six recently received a rebuild topped with new carburetors. We’re assuming the seller removed the spare tire in the pictures simply to show off the engine.
From the pictures provided by the seller, this appears to be a pretty car that can get you Porsche-like handling and performance for a lot less money. Good luck with the purchase!