November 22, 2018
We’re going to go out on a limb here and proclaim this Corvair Monza to be a 1966 model. Seems to have the correct lower front fender badge for a ’66, and it also seems to be painted Willow Green, a 1966 Chevy color — a color I remember well as my grandfather had a ’66 Impala in this same hue. This was the second year for the Corvair makeover, a makeover that produced one of the handsomest cars coming out of Detroit which, unfortunately, didn’t see many buyers. The Corvair’s reputation had been gravely damaged by Ralph Nader’s book Unsafe At Any Speed, and the nameplate would end up dying a quiet death after model year 1969. Saw this one a few weeks ago in the hamlet of Shawnee.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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