In the post on the 2nd generation Corvair sedans I mentioned how well executed the pillarless roof and glasshouse is. I think it’s right up there with the roof of the Series III Jaguar XJ, one of the great rooflines. As nice looking as the Corvair hardtop is, that doesn’t mean that the 2nd gen Corvair convertible isn’t nice looking, on the contrary, it may be even be better looking than the hardtop. At the Orphan Car Show, there were three late model Corvair convertibles, a ’65, a ’68 and a ’69. The ’69 Monza is custom. While most customs are not worth as much to serious collectors as original condition cars, this silver ’69 is an exception. It’s mostly original and the custom work is period. More important is who did the customization. This was the personal car of GM designer Ned Nickles, who had a major role in the design of the first generation Corvair. Most noticeable is the hood mounted tachometer, cribbed from the GTO parts bin.
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