Price Negotiable: 1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Sport Coupe – Sold!
We always found the second-generation Chevrolet Corvair to be a very stylish car and equipped with a fully independent coil-spring suspension that mimicked the Corvette’s, Ralph Nader no longer had anything on the car. Prices of second-generation Corvairs are on the rise, so we’re not surprised to see this Marina Blue over Black Morrokide 1966 example listed on Craigslist in Lehighton, Pennsylvania with an asking price of $8,500. A review of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Monza priced $1,000 above the current #3 “Good” estimate of $7,500. Since the seller mentions twice in his ad the price is negotiable, we’d start by offering him the #3 estimate and go from there if needed.
Chevrolet resolved any handling criticisms of the original car when it launched the stylish second-generation Corvair model year 1965. Now featuring true hardtop styling and a fully independent coil spring suspension, Car and Driver magazine’s David E. Davis Jr. showed enthusiasm for the 1965 Corvair in the magazine’s October 1964 issue:
- “And it is here too, that we have to go on record and say that the Corvair is in our opinion—the most important new car of the entire crop of ’65 models, and the most beautiful car to appear in this country since before World War II.” “When the pictures of the ’65 Corvair arrived in our offices, the man who opened the envelope actually let out a great shout of delight and amazement on first seeing the car, and in thirty seconds the whole staff was charging around, each wanting to be the first to show somebody else, each wanting the vicarious kick of hearing that characteristic war-whoop from the first-time viewer.” “Our ardor had cooled a little by the time we got to drive the cars—then we went nuts all over again. The new rear suspension, the new softer spring rates in front, the bigger brakes, the addition of some more power, all these factors had us driving around like idiots—zooming around the handling loop dragging with each other, standing on the brakes—until we had to reluctantly turn the car over to some other impatient journalist … The ’65 Corvair is an outstanding car. It doesn’t go fast enough, but we love it.”
New refinements appeared on the 1965 redesign. A much better heater system, larger brakes borrowed from the Chevelle, a stronger differential ring gear, a Delcotron alternator (replacing the generator), and significant chassis refinements were made. Out back, a new fully articulated rear suspension virtually eliminated the danger of the previous generation’s swing axles, and was based on the contemporary Corvette Sting Ray (Corvair used coil springs while the Sting Ray uses a transverse leaf). AM/FM stereo radio, in-dash All Weather Air Conditioning, and a telescopically adjustable steering column were new options in 1965.
The 1966 lineup remained essentially unchanged from 1965. A plastic air dam was installed below the front valence panel to conceal the front suspension and underbody, and lessen crosswind sensitivity. At the rear, new larger taillight lenses were used featuring a thin chrome ring around the center of the light. Air-conditioned cars received a new condenser that was mounted in front of the engine, eliminating the previous unit mounted atop the engine, requiring its removal for most engine service. Unfortunately, Ralph Nader’s infamous book combined with high sales of Ford’s Mustang (and thus an upcoming Camaro to compete) spelled the beginning of the end for the Corvair.
This TV commercial for the 1966 Corvair labels it “A most unusual car for people who enjoy the unusual.”
The private seller does not call it out, however, the straight body and what appears to be virtually flawless paint indicate to us this car likely received a quality restoration at some point. This Corvair represents a pretty, unique, and affordable way to get into the collector car hobby. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“( Call’s only to 484-464-3488 ) Price is Negotiable.. $8500.00
Up for sale is my 1966 Chevy Corvair Monza…The car is clean,,dependable,, along with 48,128 original miles,,and owned by me personally….. Vin Number is 105376W176090 . The car is extreemly presentable and period correct throughout the exterior and interior….. The exterior color is period correct Marina Blue Metalic along with the original and period correct Black Interior which i feel was is the best combination for this year…..Just replaced both (Carburator’s New) from Clarks Corvair’s and had the car out for a good drive… Car is very dependable and reliable… My wife and i just made a round trip of around 122 miles to visit my son on this unbeleivable and exceptional March weather….. It ran great with no issues whatsoever with its 110 HP Air Cooled Engine and 2 Speed Automatic Transmission…..Please keep in mind that this is a 54 year old car that has some very small minior issues but is still extreemly presentable and shows very, very well….. (Recently inspected to next year March of 2021) …Car will be shown by appointment only…. Price is
Negotiable $8500.00( Call’s only to 484-464-3488 ) for questions or details…Thank You“
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