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Wheels in the Grass

This week’s find is a 1968 Chevy Corvair Monza coupe, spotted in the grass outside a Youngstown repair shop. I’d say from the looks of it that it’s original (except for the bogus stripes and K-Mart wheel covers & mud flaps). It looks like something they call a “driveable dream” in Hemmings Classic Car magazine — complete with faded paint, parking-lot dings, and worn-out bits here and there. The Corvair fell on hard times in the early 1960s after consumer advocate Ralph Nader raked it over the coals for its “unsafe handling.” Chevy redid the whole car for the 1965 model year, resulting in one of the nicest shapes around, but the damage had already been done. It’s too bad, because after the re-do the Corvair was a great little car, but it would be gone after the 1969 model year. Thanks Ralph!  This 1968 listed for $2,507 when new, and only 6,807 were produced. For the 1965-67 model years a very handsome four-door hardtop was also sold, but was dropped for 1968.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

  • Max

    I agree with you Jim – those ’65-’69 Corvairs were denied to us way too soon. They were sweet looking, well performing machines. One of my HS teachers bought a new Monza convertible in ’65 with the SS package, including a 4-speed manual and a turbo charged powerplant. That car would eat the Porsches of the day for lunch.