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The 1966 Chevrolet Corvair Convertible Corsa

Updated on October 5, 2009

 The 1966 Corvair Corsa was the last year Chevrolet made this model. The model was the "top of the line" for the Corvair and cost between $2500-3000 new. If your hourly wage was between $1-1.50, like most were, the car was expensive in 1966 terms.

The Corsa sported a 140 hp engine with four carbs and when one floored the accelerator, the power boost could be felt. One could also purchase it with a whopping 180 hp Turbo engine. Externally, there was little body differences between it and the Monza or 500 but for emblems. The quality of the interior was thicker vinyl and the dash was much sportier having a tachometer, vacuum, clock. The engine was the same but for two additional carbs and other minor differences like dual exhausts, which made the car very different than the Monza.

From a collecting point of view, it remains the rarest of the Corvairs. Only 3200 were made before Chevy halted its production. Even in 1969, the last year of the Corvair, more were made to 5000.  The Corsa is a desirable car to seek and collect and while the 1965 Corsa was quite popular and many more were produced than 3200, it still is hard to find.

The Corsa could move from 0-60 in 10 seconds and its target audience were the sport and racing drivers. It could out maneuver many race cars on a race track. The Corsa in resale also locks in a higher return for your investment by $1000-2000 dollars merely because of its rarity and name, even if other factors in condition are the same.

The 1966 Corsa in the photos was bought for only $4,000. Its engine had been rebuilt and has only 7,000 miles on it. Restoration was minor, minor the need for a better paint. Even in this condition, it could sell for $8,000 or more because the Corsa convertible is even more rare.


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      perrya 5 years ago

      Well, you have one of rarest Corvairs. Most owners of the turbo will tell you that it is a very fickle engine that needs constant tinkering, unlike the 140 or 110 hp.Most will make modifications to make it more reliable. Some say it is no faster than a 140hp.

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      ryan 5 years ago

      I have a 1966 corsa corvair convertible 180 turbo charge non dual exhaust. Can't find any others like it. Can someone please tell me what I'm working.with