It’s no secret that I’m a car guy. I can spend hours talking to people about their rides, finding out what people are building, and how things are going with a project is something I enjoy hearing about. It just solidifies that the hobby is strong.
Recently, I heard about an unusual project that I thought you guys would also enjoy learning about. Introducing Original Parts Group’s (OPGI) latest project car – a little-on-the-rough-side 1964 Corvair Monza Spyder (That means it’s turbocharged). You might be wondering why a huge supplier of parts for GM muscle cars is rebuilding a Corvair, and the answer is simple: To promote its new line of Corvair restoration products.
The Chevy Corvair is considered a novelty car by many, but the compact cruiser has a huge following, and OPGI wanted to make sure that following was able to keep their cars looking great and on the road for many years to come.
According to the folks at OPGI, the car is a diamond in the rough? This is an all-original Z-body (the letter-based platform designated by General Motors for the Corvair 500, Monza, and Corsa models) that hails from Long Island, New York. The car was purchased from its third owner, and OPGI had it trailered to the company’s headquarters in Seal Beach, California.
The acquisition of this slightly used Spyder, included a palette that was stacked with numerous NOS parts, most of which were still in the original GM packaging. These parts ranged from trim to mechanical components, and all will be put to good use restoring this compact people hauler. Eat your heart out Ralph Nader.
The project is currently at Elite Restoration in Bellflower, California, having the rust repair, general bodywork, and paint completed. This restoration benefits many enthusiasts, as OPGI will be adding to its inventory of reproduction 1960 through 1969 Corvair parts, based partially on the needs for this Spyder restoration.
With the project underway, the list of reproduction Corvair parts is growing at OPGI, and you can get your very own catalog of parts for the ’60 through ’69 Corvair by clicking here. If you would like to follow along with the build, click here for the company blog.