<VV> Open debate vs Corsa's having standard 3 speed and 4 speed optional

Jim Simpson simpsonj at verizon.net
Mon Mar 21 20:15:37 EDT 2016

It's hard to prove a negative, but all the evidence -- dealer's order
sheet, dealer's price book, '65 & '66 Corvair brochures -- all say that the
standard transmission on a Corvair was a 3-speed and the 4-speed was a
option.  Nothing says that the 4-speed was a mandatory option.  In
addition, there are a (small) number of Corsa 3-speeds out there whose
owners state these were original factory 3-speeds.  (I haven't seen
original window stickers from any of these cars; hopefully someone has
one.)  Given that all the Corsas with 4-speeds with original window
stickers all show the 4-speed as an extra cost option, I'd say the evidence
supports it really being an option.

Now there might have been someone at Chevrolet who reviewed the order
sheets when they came in and contacted the dealer when a Corsa was ordered
without specifying a 4-speed.  Perhaps the 3-speed Corsas out there were
orders placed when he was on vacation.  Or perhaps there was a Chevrolet
"policy" or "dealer's memo" that said Corsas would have 4-speeds and the
3-speed Corsas were errors at the factory.  But again, there's no evidence
supporting that.

Jim Simpson
Group Corvair
'66 Corsa turbo w/4-speed.

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