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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder August 18th – 20th, 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 16th Annual Monterey, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Handsomely restyled for 1965 with clean, European-influenced bodylines that mark a triumph of Bill Mitchell’s GM design studios, the second-generation Chevrolet Corvair impressed road testers in period and continues to attract a loyal collector following today. A truly unique automobile and a daring leap for Chevrolet, the Corvair was in fact quite successful and provided loyal American buyers with a technically sophisticated, nimble, roomier, and better-equipped alternative to the Volkswagens and other smaller European cars being imported to North America in the 1960s.
In addition to its striking body design, including two- and four-door closed models offered in hardtop-only form and convertibles blessed with impeccable purity of line, the Corvair lineup was streamlined for ’65. Models and trim levels progressed from the basic 500 to the upscale Monza, and the new top-of-the-line Corsa. Powered by a newly uprated air-cooled, naturally-aspirated ‘flat-6’ engine with 164 cubic inches and 140 horsepower, the Corsa provided brisk performance, bettered by the optional 180-horsepower turbocharged unit delivering a world-class 1.1 horsepower per cubic inch. Built with high-strength internal components and carefully tuned intake and exhaust systems, the Corvair Turbo’s engine was a true tour de force of engineering prowess that only a small slice of automobile buyers could fully appreciate and exploit.
Handling was vastly improved for ’65, with the front suspension refined and the former rear swing-axle setup replaced by a truly independent setup influenced by that of the Corvette Sting Ray. Now featuring double-jointed rear axles, coil springs, and control arms, the new Corvair’s handling was praised by the era’s top magazine road testers for its sophisticated design and excellent response.
Offered only for 1965 and 1966, the Corsa – in both levels of tune – fell victim to the competitive onslaught of Ford’s conventional but wildly successful Mustang and the upcoming debut of GM’s own front engine/rear drive Camaro and Firebird to come in late 1966. However, noted historian Richard M. Langworth provided the most fitting summary of the short-lived Corvair Corsa, stating that it “…was perhaps the most sophisticated (certainly one of the most ambitious) cars ever to come from Detroit: gobs of power, world-class handling, and looks that simply couldn’t be better.”
Featuring the extremely rare from the factory black-over-red livery and the top available 180-hp Turbocharged engine/4-speed powertrain, this 1965 Corvair Corsa Convertible is a wonderful example of this rare, low-production model. Continuing to benefit from an outstanding restoration, further highlights include a black top cover, chrome wire-basket wheel covers, a radio, red carpeting, and matching floor mats with “Corvair” embroidery. Manuals and a receipt binder also accompany the sale of this exceptional, top-of-the-line Turbocharged 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa. Beautifully restored and clearly benefiting from proper storage in a climate-controlled warehouse, this Turbocharged Corsa has also garnered top honors from the Corvair Society of America, with a judging sheet on file. Long the favorite of true driving enthusiasts, this striking Turbocharged Corvair Corsa convertible is now available for you to collect and enjoy!