<VV> Open debate vs Corsa's having standard 3 speed and 4 speed optional
Jim Allen Sr
jameseasr at comcast.net
Mon Mar 21 17:18:30 EDT 2016
The only codes on the body tag, is what Fisher Body needed to
know to build the body. The transmission's are all bolted in during vehicle
Jim Allen Sr
From: Frank DuVal via VirtualVairs
Sent: Sunday, March 20, 2016 9:13 PM
To: virtualvairs at corvair.org
Subject: Re: Open debate vs Corsa's having standard 3 speed and 4 speed
I test drove a poorly painted, to cover up bad body work, 66 Corsa
Convertible about 6 years ago here in Virginia.
It surprised me at having a 3 speed transmission.
I looked at the body tag, and there was no code for a 4 speed
transmission. At the time I was told there was no 4 speed code in 66, so
it was not a definitive mark of being a factory 3 speed.
I passed on it. It was on ebay and sold to someone in California.
Anybody here buy an ugly blue Corsa with a three speed?
On 3/20/2016 3:21 PM, Rick Loving via VirtualVairs wrote:
> Does anyone have any solid proof one way or the other regarding the 65 or
> Corsa only being available with a factory 4 speed trans?.. (or did I miss
> when this was covered previously?)
> We know the 62-63 Spyder option and 64 Spyder was only available with
> the 4
> speed...and GM stated it..
> but for the Corsa, it isn't so clear....so does anyone know of a
> factory original Corsa with 3 speed? (ie window sticker or build sheet?)
> I have a window sticker from a 65 Corsa that lists the M20, 4 speed
> and a $89.55 additional charge...(does not list any other standard
> so this tells me it was an ordered or automatically added option...
> or does anyone have any documents that shows "you" had to order the 4
> along with the Corsa package...
> According to a 1966 Brochure I have, it states the following...
> Exact verbiage from the 1966 Dealer brochure for the Corsa..
> Unique because of standard features you get with Corsa alone. Like the
> Turbo-Air 164 Engine with 140 horsepower. Like the appearance touches that
> set Corsa apart from it Corvair brethren. Both sport coupe and convertible
> flash distinctive nameplates and series insignia, new wheel covers with
> Corsa emblem, bright metal shift lever and base. Rear cove area is silver
> painted as well as covered with bright metal. Restrained refinements, to
> sure; intended to beautify without altering the clean-cut concept.
> Like the businesslike instrumentation the driver is faced with: special
> speedometer, trip odometer, manifold pressure and cylinder head
> gauges, electric clock with sweep second hand. Tachometer, too (Lets you
> select the best engine speed to shift gears for maximum efficiency and
> Also unique because it's the only production car in the world you can
> with a factory-installed supercharged engine. We call this exclusive
> Corsa engine the Turbo-Charged 164.
> Get the feeling that Corsa completely upstages it fellow '66 Corvairs? Not
> at all. Here are just a few of its traits that run in the whole family,
> Monza and 500 included. Still the only U.S.-built car with rear-engine
> design. Unsurpassed ride and handling qualities. A new fully synchronized
> 3-Speed as standard transmission. (Means you can stab into low at slow
> speeds without stopping, just as your can if you order the 4-Speed
> New comfort and convenience items now standard on every '66 Corvair:
> rearview mirror; padded instrument panel; padded sun visors; windshield
> washer and two-speed wipers (glare-reducing); backup lights; and
> shatter-resistant inside rearview mirror.
> New-style taillights. A new engine air exhaust grille. New dual rear seat
> belts to match those up front (color-keyed, of course). Curved frameless
> side glass affording lumberjack shoulder room. And a refined four place
> ignition switch that won't let you flip the key into the "accessory"
> position unless you really want to.
> Then, too, there are many niceties Corsa has in common only with the
> Plush front bucket seats, for example. Fold-down rear seat in the Corsa
> Sport Coupe. Richly carpeted floors; dual-spoke steering wheel with horn
> ring; convenient armrests.
> Black-texture instrument panel trim plates; instrument panel dual courtesy
> lights in the Corsa Convertible. Luggage compartment mat, automatic
> lights, glove box light. And many more.
> Oh, yes, one thing you can't get with either '66 Corsa. Bored.
> Additionally..In regards to trans.
> TRANSMISSIONS: Big news for '66 is the standard 3-Speed : transmission,
> fully synchronized. As with the optional; 4-Speed version, you can shift
> into first gear at slow speeds
> without breaking stride - no need to come to a full stop. Both
> feature all-helical gear design; short-throw floor-mounted shift lever;
> shift and clutch linkages affording quiet, precise shifting and minimal
> pedal effort.
> >From EXTRA cost section..
> ENGINES: 110-hp Turbo-Air 164 (available for all models except Corsa);
> 140-hp Turbo-Air 164 (standard for Corsa, available for all other models);
> 180-hp Turbo-Charged 164 (available only for Corsa models). TRANSMISSIONS:
> Powerglide is available with 95-, 110- or 140-hp engines (except for Corsa
> models); 4-Speed available on all models.
> Rick Loving
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