1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder

Started on Jan. 19, 2006, 8:45 p.m.

Sometimes it becomes obvious that we live our lives according to emotion, not logic. No wonder we drove poor old Mr. Spock so crazy.

Our own proof of this tendency is sitting in the garage. It’s a 1963 Corvair Monza Spyder, one of the best examples that God ever put on this green Earth of emotion beating logic. There’s no other way to explain a car debuting to great accolades simultaneous with so many of GM’s innovative firsts: fully independent front and rear suspension; unibody design; and GM’s only attempt at a rear-mounted air-cooled engine, available with their first production turbocharger. Yet it came to be so reviled by the automotive-buying public—thanks to Ralph Nader’s sensationalist 1965 book, “Unsafe at Any Speed”—that its failure is still remembered today.

1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder

Specs

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Body type:Convertible
Country of origin:United States
Original price: $2438
Displacement:2683cc
Stock horsepower:150 bhp @ 4400 rpm
Torque:134 lb.-ft @ 2800 rpm
Engine configuration:flat-6
Transmission:4-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Rear-engined
Suspension:Wishbone (front)
Semitrailing swing axle (rear)
Brakes:drum/drum
Body width:100.0 in.
Curb weight:2500 lbs.
Wheelbase:90.0 in.
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1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder Specs

Body type:Convertible
Country of origin:United States
Original price: $2438
Displacement:2683cc
Stock horsepower:150 bhp @ 4400 rpm
Torque:134 lb.-ft @ 2800 rpm
Engine configuration:flat-6
Transmission:4-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Rear-engined
Suspension:Wishbone (front)
Semitrailing swing axle (rear)
Brakes:drum/drum
Body width:100.0 in.
Curb weight:2500 lbs.
Wheelbase:90.0 in.
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