1964 Chevrolet Corvair Spyder Convertible
•Final model year for first-generation Corvairs
•164 CID turbocharged, air-cooled flat six-cylinder engine
•Muncie four-speed manual transmission and 3.55 gearing
•Palomar Red Metallic exterior (code 948) with original Parchment, power-folding canvas top
•Reupholstered in Parchment, with matching door panels
•Documentation includes Corvair parts books and shop manuals along with photos of the car during its restoration
Made during the second week of June 1964 at General Motors’ Willow Run, Michigan factory, this Chevrolet Corvair Spyder Convertible was among the last of the first-generation cars that debuted in 1960.
Dressed in Palomar Red (code 948) the car’s paint and trim are in overall very good condition. The contrasting parchment power-folding convertible top looks good, too. The chrome bumpers fit tightly to the body and the engine bay is in decent condition and has a spare wheel but no tire.
This car rolls on Dayton Thorobred white stripe tires, size P185/80R13 at every corner. Each one is mounted on a steel wheel and topped with a correct Spyder factory wheel cover. The tires are all in good, original order while the wheel covers are in very good condition.
Out back is a completely rebuilt 164 CID turbocharged, air-cooled flat six-cylinder engine, backed by a Muncie four-speed manual transmission and a 3.55:1 rear end. Accessories at the factory included tinted windshield (code W), special lighting (code D), four-speed manual transmission (code L); convenience group (code P), consisting of two-speed wipers with washer, day/night mirror, glovebox light and reverse lights.
Inside, the front buckets and rear bench seats have been reupholstered in a contrasting Parchment, like the top. Red carpet covers the floor. The two-spoke steering wheel and dashboard are original but the car’s door liners have also been updated to match the seats. A factory AM radio and floor-mounted shift complete the interior.
Significant engineering changes were introduced for 1964, while the model lineup and styling remained relatively unchanged. Nineteen Sixty-four was the first-generation’s final model year. The engine displacement was increased from 145 to 164 CID by an increase in stroke. The base engine power increased from 80 to 95 hp, and the high-performance engine increased from 102 to 110 horsepower. The Spyder engine rating remained at 150 horsepower despite the displacement increase of the engine. In 1964, an improvement in the car’s swing axle rear suspension occurred with the addition of a transverse leaf spring along with softer rear coil springs designed to diminish rear roll stiffness and foster more neutral handling. Spring rates could now be softer at both ends of the car compared to previous models. The heavy-duty suspension was no longer optional, although all models now had a front anti-roll bar as standard. Brakes were improved with finned rear drums.
Competition to this Corvair in 1964 included Dodge’s Dart, Ford’s Falcon and Mustang, Plymouth’s Valiant and Rambler’s American.
If you like air-cooled engines in your vehicles, if you’re a classic Chevy fan or you just like unusual cars, stop by Mission Classics today to look over this Corvair Spyder Convertible.
This car is currently located at our facility in Brooksville, Florida. Current mileage on the odometer shows 69,768 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!
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