The first generation Chevrolet Corvair (1960-1964) was the car caught in the crossfire when a young lawyer trying to make a name for himself decided to take on the auto industry. Don't get me wrong, the auto industry was no paradigm of virtue and the combined effects of tetra-ethyl lead and air pollution is something that society is still recovering from...but the Corvair was a victim in Nader's relentless political maneuvering, a fact only exacerbated by GM's strong arm response. But the bottom line is that Detroit wasn't going to produce anything as innovative as an air cooled rear-engined compact after the beating it took over the Corvair. Find this 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Convertible offered for $12,200 located in Cincinnati, OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
When Corvair shopping, the one you want to get is the 2nd gen (1965-1969) which has more power and a better non-lift-off-oversteer prone rear end...but sometimes you stumble on a 1st gen that has a few things to offer -- for instance you could only get the 8-door van, pickup and wagon in first gen...and in this case you get a sweet vintage supercharger.
Under the rear hood is a 110 horsepower 2.7 liter flat-6 that is boosted with a vintage Judson supercharger for 25-50% more power. Brothers W. Haddon and Charles Judson of Collegeville, PA first started making superchargers for flat-4 aircooled Volkswagens, but eventually started making the plastic sliding-vane charger for Corvairs, MGs, you name it.
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