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Friday, July 31, 2020

The most iconic Corvair Monza GT concept

To explore the possibility of a Corvair-based sports car, in the 1960s GM Design built the Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT concept car, whose name was adopted from the famous Monza racing circuit in Italy.
1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT concept car is built to explore the possibility of a Corvair-based sports car and designed by Larry Shinoda and Tony Lapine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/305Q1PX)
This concept car was developed under the leadership of GM Design chief Bill Mitchell, and the Corvair Monza GT Concept is the work of Larry Shinoda and Tony Lapine. That was due to Shinoda's achievements as a designer of Corvette Stingray that made him asked to participate in designing this car.
1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT concept car has first appeared before the public at the 1963 New York Auto Show. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/305Q1PX)
The car appearance looks so unique with the forward-slanting nose with its four small headlights and the absence of a grille looked distinctive and fresh. The car's lines were taut and athletic, a welcome step away from the American excess of just a few years prior.
1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT concept car does not apply the usual doors like most existing cars. To be able to enter the cabin from this 2-seater concept car, you should be opened the whole of the car canopy. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/305Q1PX)
Uniquely this car does not apply the usual doors like most existing cars. To be able to enter the cabin from this 2-seater concept car, you should be opened the whole of the car canopy. This was the same door-type that also applied to the Chevrolet Corvair Testudo, another concept car that Bertone built-in 1963.
1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT concept car interior has a black dashboard with simple instrument panels and able to accommodate two passengers in its cabin. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/305Q1PX)
The Corvair Monza GT first appeared before the public at the 1963 New York Auto Show. The Monza GT used an engine adopted from the Corvair standard engine, which is a 6-cubic 145-inch inline engine with a capacity of 2,380 cc and is equipped with dual carburetors. From the machine, it can produce around 102 horsepower (76 kW) power.
1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT concept car used a mid-mounted 6-cubic 145-inch inline engine with a capacity of 2,380 cc and is equipped with dual carburetors. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/305Q1PX)
The Monza GT concept is built on a 16-inch shorter wheelbase than the standard version of Corvair. Then the engine mounted behind it is rotated 180 degrees from its normal position to create a real mid-engine car, which is combined with the rear-wheel-drive system.

Although at that time the Monza GT concept was believed by many people among automotive enthusiasts to enter the production line, in reality, this unique concept car was finally only present as a prototype, one of which might be due to the poor reputation of the Corvair model at that time.
And now this Corvair Monza GT concept car is one of the most iconic cars ever made by those American automotive giants. And if you want to see this legendary car, then you are welcome to see it on display at the GM Heritage Center in Michigan. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CONCEPTCARZ.COM]
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