One Year Gone: 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder Convertible – Sold?

by | Mar 2023 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Topless Thursday

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April 20, 2023, Update – While this “Classifind” expired recently, given the seller’s history, we suspect it may not actually be sold yet.  For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” However, we will keep an eye out for an updated listing. In the interim, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

March 13, 2023 Update – Nearly one year after their last Craigslist ad expired, the seller of this matching motif, 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Spyder, posted a fresh listing. This year, they lowered their ask from $14,995 to $14,000. That’s nearly three large off last year’s original ask of $16,995.

April 27, 2022, Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “Sold?” until we come across a replacement listing.

April 4, 2022 Update – The private seller of this Corvair Spyder convertible just lowered their original asking price of $16,995 to $14,500.

Sons often have their fathers to thank for liking certain things. In my case, my father appreciated cars’ matching interior and exterior colors. The look is especially appealing on a convertible; bonus points if the top boot also matches when the roof gets stowed. That’s one reason this Autumn Gold over Fawn 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder Convertible was originally listed in March 2022 in Spring Hill, Florida (Tampa), made today’s feature list.  Combined with the fact that it’s a top trim spec’d Turbo Spyder with a four-speed manual. The added bonuses are the new top, recent tires, and all other improvements made to this Corvair.

Last listed for $14,000 (the original ask was $16,995), a check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool reveals the current ask falls well between this guide’s #2 “Excellent” estimate of $14,900 and its #1 “Concours” appraisal of $21,900. Interestingly, the Collector Car Market Review Online Valuation Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of $11,600 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $18,300.

Chevrolet’s design leadership was on full display in the early 1960s. While it’s true Chevrolet’s engineers we’re making advances extracting more power from the division’s overhead-valve V8, The air-cooled Corvair really stands out for all of the design advances needed to make an air-cooled import fighter capable of keeping up on America’s growing highway network.  By 1963 Chevrolet Marketing realized its Corvair was viewed more as a specialty import fighter. Driving that insight was the success of the two-door Monza coupe and convertible, which was one of the few bright spots in Corvair’s extensive model range.  The most desirable of all Corvairs is the 150-horsepower turbocharged Monza Spyder.

In the spring of 1962, Chevrolet committed itself to the sporty image they had created for the Corvair by introducing a convertible version, then offering a high-performance 150 hp turbocharged “Spyder” option for Monza coupes and convertibles, making the Corvair the second production automobile supplied with a turbocharger as a factory option, with the Oldsmobile F-85 Turbo Jetfire having been released earlier in 1962. Corvair station wagons were discontinued at that point in favor of the new Corvair Convertible and Chevy II (built at the same assembly plant).  Optional equipment on all passenger cars (except wagons) included metallic brake linings and a heavy-duty suspension consisting of a front anti-roll bar, rear-axle limit straps, revised spring rates, and recalibrated shock absorbers. These provided a major handling improvement by reducing the potentially violent camber change of the rear wheels when making sharp turns at high speeds. The Turbocharged Spyder equipment group featured a multi-gauge instrument cluster which included a tachometer, cylinder head temperature, intake manifold pressure gauges, Spyder fender script, and Turbo logo deck emblems, in addition to the high-performance engine.

We came across this video on YouTube of a very young Michael Landon pitching the ’63 Corvair Monza in his Little Joe from Bonanza character:

We only have two questions bout this 1963 Chevrolet Monza Spyder convertible. First is the confirmation of whether this example is a survivor or has been restored. If the latter, how extensive were the repairs needed to get the car to its current condition. The second is the mismatched license plates; the front appears to be a coveted California Black Plate while the rear is a current Michigan historical tag.  It’s likely a Snowbird looking to sell their ride, but it does help to know these things before handing over the cash.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Very clean 1963 Corvair Turbo Spyder Convertible 4 on the floor. has 4 tires only 1-year-old with less than 100 miles on them. New white top. Some improvements are a new steering box, shift cable, one-year-old battery, new plug wires, fresh oil change, and filter. Runs goods. Nice on the eyes Fawn outside with matching interior. Wire wheel covers. Call Bob.
for more info and showing data.”

Do you have a Corvair story to share?  If so, comment below and let us know!

  1. One Year Gone: 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder Convertible – Sold?

    “Little Joe” was from Bonanza, not Gunsmoke.

    • One Year Gone: 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder Convertible – Sold?

      Oops! You are correct and I will make the change!

  2. One Year Gone: 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder Convertible – Sold?

    Oldsmobile wire wheel covers.


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