1963 Chevy Corvair Spyder: Monza Turbo

corvair monza

These factory-turbocharged Corvair Monza Spyders are hugely under-appreciated in today’s classic market, in my humble opinion. Although this one on craigslist is a long way from being a collectible, it could be cheap enough at $1,500 to be a entry-level classic. It’s got some body damage and the motor and transmission have been removed, but that shouldn’t present an ambitious hobbyist too many obstacles. There’s some great aftermarket support for these vehicles, including a shop in my neck of the woods called Clark’s Corvair Parts that should have everything you need to set this one right. The interior appears passable and the top goes up and down, so at least you’ve got a nice place to sit while you make engine noises as the motor gets rebuilt. Thanks to Barn Finds reader Robert R. for the find!


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  1. blindmarc

    My dad had a red spider hardtop for a few months back in the 70’s. He said it kept throwing the belt. It was a turbo model. I always like all the cprvair models, but the later body style is my fave.

  2. Cassidy

    “zoom” “vrrooooom” that was fun

  3. charlie Member

    And they handled like a Porsche of that time, but much less squirrely, and like a Karman Ghia, but with a lot more guts. They really were fun to drive and still are, and with the turbo went like Hell.

  4. RoughDiamond

    Rare car for sure, just not the type of environment I would want to travel to with cash in my pocket to make a purchase.

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