Drive Type: 4-Speed
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
You are bidding on a 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa with a 140 Motor and 4-Speed Manual Transmission. This is an original Corsa, not just a Monza with Corsa trim.
History - My first Corvair was a 1968 that I bought in 1998. 1 Month later, someone pulled out in front of me and the front end was folded over into the trunk. I found this car, which a guy had that he started to restore. He pulled all of the interior out, and had it painted this orange color sometime back in the early-mid 1990's. I took the 1968 and moved its interior over into the Corsa. I do not know what the original color was, but the interior paint was a maroon color. I repainted the interior black, and moved the interior over. The floor pans were rusted, and I pop-riveted in some sheet metal, but the floors will need to be replaced. I had the retired man that painted the car the orange color originally to repaint it, just to make it fresh. I drove the car everyday for about a year or more, then I had all of the brake and suspension system rebuilt. New hoses, wheel cylinders, spring kits, ball joints, tie rods, springs, shocks, etc. After that I drove it for about a month, then I brought it home and pulled the interior back out, and that is where it still sits today.
Exterior/Interior - The car had been sitting outside from 2000-2010 until I had room in my garage to store it, so it has been in dry storage for the past 3 years. As you can see from the pictures, everything is solid and complete except for the typical Corvair rust around the windows and the bottom of the doors/wheel wells. The battery box is rusted pretty bad, but I have the replacement Clark's panel for it. The front floor boards also have some rust holes as well. The trunk also has a few holes as well, and would need to be replaced. All of this is typical Corvair rust that happens when they sit. BUT, the trunk/deck lid, doors, fenders, etc. are all solid with no major rust. Both doors shut good and have a solid sound to them.
Motor/Drivetrain - The motor that is in it know came out of a 1966 Corsa that I had at one time. You could get it running, but it did have some lifter clack, leaky seals, etc. It would be ok to just putt around town in, but really needs a rebuild. As you can see from the pictures, I have another complete 140 motor. The heads have been reworked and ready to be installed. The block has been cleaned and checked. I have all new TRW forged pistons .30 and all new TRW bearings, new cam with new Clark's Cam gear (the cam gear that is on it is just for test purposes), all new gaskets, rings, seals, new blower bearing and idler pulley bearing as well. All the motor needs is just to be put back together. The transmission is a 4 -speed Munci transmission. (The good ones). I do not have a complete set of carbs for this car. I have robbed them for something else. You can always buy the correct rebuilt primaries/secondaries from Clark's Corvair Parts.
Parts and More - As you can also see from the pictures, I have all the parts to put back together, plus some. I have the original Corsa dash that came with the car that is still in nice shape (has been in dry storage for the past 13 years) and I also have an EXCELLENT shape Corsa dash that I bought off of ebay back in 2008. It was originally pulled from a car in the late 60's and was put up in storage and forgot about until 2008. I won the auction for around $550, and it is in EXCELLENT shape. I also have a bunch of air conditioning parts. Not a complete unit, but pretty close. This was a collection pulled from a parts building. I also have the interior from the 1968 Monza, and I also have a 1966 Corsa interior from another car I had at one time, and I think the original Corsa door panels. The seats that are in it came out of the 68. As some of you may know, the 65-66 seats (bigger) are different from the 67-69 seats (smaller). The The 66 seats would be the correct fitting seats, but need repadding and recovering. All the door panels still have the original hardware, emblems, etc. so you could save money by ordering just the cardboard backing and the cover instead of ordering the complete panels. I do have all of the chrome window molding, as well as another set (front or rear) that I bought off of ebay at one time that is in really good shape. It is still in the original shipping box. Also have another front trim bar that has the trunk lock in it as well. Not perfect shape, but nice for a daily driver. I do have the original rear section that goes below the bumper with the split chrome grills. Both grills are still in great shape. I also have some NOS complete door fuzzies and door weatherstrip, along with several reproduction parts including the Corvair script emblem, gas tank float and sending unit, engine wiring harness, turn signal arm, etc. I also have a 65-66 telescopic wood wheel to go with the car as well. This will also fit Corvettes of this era as well? I also have a complete set of 1968 factory tinted glass to go too if the buyer wants it. The wheels I had for it came off a 70s Oldsmobile, but I did find a full set in ok shape Corsa hubcaps.
Other - This car is not one you would want to make a trailer queen out of. This would be a great project for a father/son weekends project, or someone looking to build a car that would be fun to take to the drive-ins/cruise-ins, etc. I have a 1962 Greenbrier Deluxe and a 1963 Spyder Convertible, so I just do not have the time to work on this car. Also, I am wanting to sell everything off in a package deal. At this time I am not interested in selling parts out of this auction. If I had the time to list/pack/sell individual parts, I would have the time to put it back together. I don't really want to get rid of this car, but I have not took the time/energy/money to put it back together in the past 13 years, and don't see any time in the near future to do it either. If the auction does not sell, then I would entertain offers then, but not while the auction is ongoing.
Trades - I am not really interested in trading one project for another. BUT if anyone has a Lakewood (Monza if you got it :) ) I would be interested.
I may have left a few things out that I forgot about, and if you need any more info please email and I will find out the info to the best of my knowledge. I will be updating this auction with pictures/descriptions as people ask for it. I will accept Cash or a Cashier's Check on pickup of the car and parts. I will accept paypal, but there will be an extra 3% added on to cover the fees.
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