A dramatic redesign of the Corvair body and suspension and several powerful new engines came in 1965 and marked the second generation of Corvairs. The new body style lay somewhere between that of a baby Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and foreshadowed the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro that eventually replaced the Corvair.
This 1965 Chevy Corvair Monza is equipped with the improved Corsa "opposed six", aluminum block engine that displaces 164 cubic inches and develops 140 Hp at 5200 rpm and sits on a 108 inch wheelbase. It had a factory price of $2297 and was originally sold by the Lynn Maughs Chevrolet dealership here in Fulton.
The Corvair stood out in GM's A-body line of cars due to the location and design of its engine. It was a rear-engined vehicle in the style of the Volkswagen Beetle and the Porsche 356 Speedster, which was unusual for American cars at the time. The entire product line initially shared an aluminum, air-cooled 140 cubic inch, 2.3 liter, flat-6 engine. The first engines produced 80 HP but later evolved to deliver 180 HP.
The Corvair, produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors from 1960 to 1969 was offered in a wide range of body styles, including a four-door sedan, coupe, convertible, station wagon, pickup, panel van, and a window van called the Greenbrier. The Corvair was created in response to the small, sporty and fuel-efficient automobiles being imported from Europe by Volkswagen and Renault.
1965 Chevrolet Corvair