The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 11
1963 Chevrolet Corvair Spyder

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1963 Chevrolet  Corvair Spyder

CHASSIS NO: 30967W285001

• Turbocharged engine with 150 HP
• Innovative unibody construction and fully independent four-wheel suspension
• The only rear engine air-cooled car built in America in 1963
• Retains a fine finish with excellent chrome

2.4-liter horizontal turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 150 HP, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent coil spring suspension, hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 108”

Introduced in 1960, the Chevy Corvair shattered Detroit's conventional car mold, becoming GM's first unibody mass-produced car, America’s first postwar car with independent suspensions on all four corners, and featured the first rear-mounted air-cooled engine in a domestic car. Developed in 1960, it was named Motor Trend Magazine’s Car of the Year, and annual sales topped 200,000 units every year.

This 1963 Chevrolet Corvair features the RPO 690 code Spyder package which, starting in 1962, was offered on only limited-edition convertibles. This car can genuinely be called a survivor. The body panels are very solid, and it was repainted during a careful restoration in a correct 1963 #914 Monaco Blue paint. It retains a great shine, an excellent stance, and has very nice trim and chrome bits throughout.

Equipped with a four-speed manual transmission and a performance-oriented 3.55:1 gearset, this Spyder left the factory with a shiny new turbocharger pulling air through a single Carter side-draft carburetor, allowing 10 pounds of boost and pushing a normally 104 horsepower engine up by nearly 50 percent to over 150 horsepower. Today, the engine and turbocharger look like they have never been pulled from the car. Combine that with the sub-frame construction, allowing for a much lower center of gravity, and you have yourself one great handling and responsive little car that truly connects you with the road. The interior is finished in the Deluxe trim including sharp blue vinyl-wrapped bucket seats up front and a bench seat in the back. It remains in excellent condition, along with clean and correct door panels and carpets. This Spyder version also sports a 120-MPH speedometer with trip odometer and a 6,000-RPM tachometer. The deep-dish steering wheel, bucket seats, and floor-shifted four-speed make this a true classic driver’s car, one that is an absolute blast to drive and will always sit proudly in any collection.

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