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  Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT Concept

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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:1963
Numbers built:one-off
Designed by:Larry Shinoda
Author:Pieter Melissen
Last updated:August 08, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT (Coupe) was presented together with the Monza ss (Spyder) in early 1963. Although both cars were based on the Corvair drive train, the GT had its engine layout turned around by 180 degrees, making it a real mid-engined sportscar, while the ss had the standard Corvair layout.

Both cars were designed by Larry Shinoda and Tony Lapine, but inspiration was also drawn from the Bertone designed Testudo. This is for instance reflected in the design of the GT doors, that were actually a front hinged canopy that extended into the B-style. Also the rear engine cover hinged at the rear. The engines used were standard flat sixes, although the GT had a two carb-layout while the ss had four Carburetors.

Although the ss came very close to series production, both cars ended up as concepts only, not unlikely also because of the tainted reputation of the Corvair. Shown here is the GT, at the GM's Heritage Center in Detroit.

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