Harry W 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder 2dr Convertible

Spyder convertible memories

While a draftee in the Army, serving at Fort Lee, VA, we owned a '62 Corvair coupe. In 1964 my wife allowed me to trade it on a '64 Corvair Spyder Convertible. We lived off post, so I drove it back and forth and parked in the hospital parking lot. One warm day I went out, started the car, and flicked the switch to lower the power top. As it was going down, an officer who also owned an identical Corvair (non-Turbo) convertible, saw the power top going down and was totally annoyed. He asked how it was that I, a lowly enlisted man, could afford the power top, while his was a manual top. I guess he also didn't notice that ours was a Turbo!

Another memory of that Spyder is that we owned it for 18 months, and it only ran properly for 2 weeks one time - and it was a gas! We tried several times to get the local Chevy dealer to tune it correctly, but they didn't have a clue - never did get it right. We wound up trading it on a '65 VW Microbus after our first child arrived.

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