<VV> early Monza bench Seat

Mark Durham 62vair at gmail.com
Wed Feb 27 12:22:56 EST 2013

Tony, how about a picture? I vasilated back and forth last year on
doing my 62 coupe interior, and finally decided to do my seats all in
vinyl like it came, however I would like to see one! Mark Durham

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From: Tony Underwood
Sent: 2/26/2013 22:38
To: virtualvairs at corvair.org
Subject: <VV> early Monza bench Seat

A while back, there was a brief bit of commentary about early Monzas
that had bench seats.  I kinda stumbled into a slight discovery about
a '61 Monza seat that I put in my '60 4-door to have something to
occupy space up front while its seats get restored at an upholstery
shop here in town that's run by a grizzly looking guy who does
vintage car upholstery work.

Yes, the pigpen '60 4-door is getting new upholstery (seats and door
panels) and yes it's gonna be the original 1960 style and color, or
at least pretty close, close enough that a layman wouldn't know the
difference.   But enough about that for the moment.

I've had this '61 Monza bench seat for years now, brought it back
from a show... Hank K. gave it to me simply for coming to get it.  He
had it in his vehicle... he helped me put it into my Jeep Cherokee
etc. still upside-down as it came out of Hank's vehicle.   I never
actually saw the seat right-side-up until I pulled it out of storage
here, and I'd never actually looked at the covers except what you'd
see from the bottom and hadn't bothered to check condition seeing as
how Hank had said it was intact and together, just faded and worn...
which it was, once I got a look at it right-side-up.

It was indeed a red (originally, now a bleary maroon hue) '61 Monza
bench seat with *cloth* inserts.  From the looks of it, the seat was
original and didn't appear to have ever been repaired or
recovered.  Considering its age it's in surprising shape.

I had never seen an early Monza bench seat with cloth inserts
although I knew there had been a few made at one time.   So, by any
chance does anyone know roughly (ballpark percentage-wise) just how
many of these seats with the cloth inserts may have been made?   Like
I said, I'd never seen one with the cloth inserts.

It's comfortable...  I'd slated it for eventual use in my Lakewood
which has a disreputable front bench that really will need serious
work to straighten out, and all this '61 seat needed is covers.   I'm
wondering how many original '61 Monza bench seats with the cloth
inserts are still in existence...?   Now I'd feel kinda bad about
reupholstering it with '61 700 covers.

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