1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder

1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder

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.

Latest updates

Dec
02
Dec 2, 2013
The Fate of Our Project Corvair

We’ve decided to sell our Project Corvair, so off to eBay we go.

Mar
01
Mar 1, 2013
Steering box upgrade

We nearly eliminate the dreadful dead spot.

Oct
24
Oct 24, 2012
Rebuilding our Turbo

We take a stab at fixing our Corvair's boost issues.

Oct
18
Oct 18, 2012
Tuning and Failure

We find out that our turbocharged Corvair isn’t really turbocharged.

Dec
15
Dec 15, 2011
Solving the Fan Belt Blowout

Finding the solution for our Corvair project's slipping belts.

Dec
12
Dec 12, 2011
The Perfect Corvair Carburetor

Getting our air/fuel tuning just right.

Apr
20
Apr 20, 2011
Corvair Project Nearly Sorted

Our Corvair survived its Amelia Island trip. Time to fix its last few issues.

Mar
16
Mar 16, 2011
Corvair Project Back in Action

Our classic Chevrolet is back in business.

Jan
12
Jan 12, 2011
Corvair Crossroads

Diagnosing our driveline problems.

Jun
23
Jun 23, 2010
Carbs for Our Corvair

Our Corvair gets some love in the form of a Weber conversion.

Mar
31
Mar 31, 2010
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

After a two-weeks thrash, our Corvair project car was finished in time for the Amelia Island Concours--or was it?

Feb
22
Feb 22, 2010
Rallye Revival

Work progresses steadily on our Corvair project car.

Feb
09
Feb 9, 2010
'Vair of Distinction

We resume work in earnest on our Corvair project car.

Jun
05
Jun 5, 2007
Bent Pushrod in the Corvair

While enjoying our recent Corvair club outing, we ran into a smallish disaster.

May
16
May 16, 2007
Meetings

We took the Corvair to the local CORSA club gathering...

Sep
01
Sep 1, 2006
The Corvair Gets Some Love

We take time out from the Tiger project to prep the Corvair for a club event.

Jun
28
Jun 28, 2006
We're Legal

Yes, we finally got a title for the Corvair.

Jan
19
Jan 19, 2006
Eat It, Nader

Chevy had a hit, even if Nader didn't think so.

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