62 Monza coupe factory A/C Kelsey-Hayes Wheels

Stunning car originally purchased and kept in Bakersfield, CA until 14 years ago when I acquired it. It then went through a two-year restoration by California Corvair Parts (Jeff Willams). It was restored to excellent driver quality (not concours) and has been in AZ ever since. It presents like a one- or two-year-old original Corvair. Everything was restored as original except a few things I will mention later. When possible, NOS parts were used such as all the badges, rubber floor mats, etc. Some parts are not as nice but used when NOS were not available such as the rear grill and door sills. The Kelsey-Hayes are original unrestored and look nice, not perfect. The car never had rust or an accident. All sheet metal is original and has no Bondo clumps. The interior and exterior colors are original.

The front has quick steering arms and the engine is a bit unusual. The 62-63 145 cubic inch engines were “Y” blocks and the 64 and later 164 cubic engines were not. But there were a few 64 engines that were “Y” blocks that were 164 cubic inches (rumor is the factory converted the old to new from existing stock). So unless someone has the serial numbers memorized they will think it is a 62 engine. The compressor is now a Sanden with the Clark’s dryer. Jeff said it was the best A/C he ever experienced in a Corvair, and I can assure you it works fine in 116-degree AZ summers.

This engine is mildly tweaked with a mild Clark’s cam, Clark’s period dual exhaust, fancy worked carbs by Jeff Williams, Pertronix II ignition and coil. All the shrouding is intact and correct (with staples, not rivets). The Sanden is painted black to look more original. It is the two speed Powerglide transmission. Everything was rebuilt including the suspension, steering, transmission, and engine – mechanically it is very sound. Details like all the locks are keyed the same as they should be (with NOS keys included). It has aluminum valve covers and pans.

The good news is that the original engine comes with the car. This is a small light box containing the case and the heads – the only parts with serial numbers that matter. The original compressor is included as well, and I think I have the original dryer. The original steering arms, exhaust, pans, and valve covers, and so forth are easily sourced so I never kept them.

The restoration is a quality job. 100% of every is NOS, rebuilt, or very good used. It was as original as possible. Nothing was skimped – for example all seat buns are new from Clark’s. All cardboard, upholstery, and headliner – new from Clark’s. The interior is stunning and the paint job excellent. All the little stickers and tags are in place and manuals and sales literature is included. In a way it is an odd driver restoration in that originality was preserved or at least stored and comes with the car.

The Kelsey-Hayes include all five wheels, the correct hammer, and the correct mounting bolt – in the trunk because of A/C. As you may know, the wheels are worth almost as much as the rest of the car. Interesting dealer options include a clock, tissue dispenser, trunk and engine compartment lights, rubber mats, and door guards.

I have some spares of this and that which I will include. A spare wheel or two. NOS oil filters. A clock internals (the current clocks works but does not keep good time so you can send the spare for a rebuild). If the price goes up I can load up more. And if you come personally, you can look through many shelves of NOS and good used parts and we can haggle and then you can take it all with you on a trailer. The car cover is included.

The car shows 8980 miles which of course is not original. At the time of the rebuild, I had the dash rebuilt and speedometer slightly adjusted for the radial tires. The speedometer was zeroed so the miles are accurate as to the time of the rebuild 12 years ago.

You are unlikely to find a more original car, especially with factory A/C and Kelsey-Hayes. You are unlikely to find a better driver (concours cars are nicer but who would drive them?). You won’t find many cars this mechanically sound, you can drive it anywhere. Of course, you could drive it a while and then have a solid base to turn into a concours car. As it, it is a very reliable and solid driver with the luxury of A/C and a blast to drive.

If you want the best driver that you are not afraid to drive (as you would a concours car) this is for you.

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Location: Camp Verde, Arizona, United States