1966 Corvair Corsa 2 Door Hardtop Project

  • Fitch Sprint components, fully documented, runs and drives

This 1966 Corvair Corsa may look a bit rough at first, but look deeper and you will see a very nice project that has already had most of the “heavy lifting” done for you. The desirable 2-door Corsa is arguably one of the prettiest Chevrolet’s of the 1960’s, and with the changes made in the 1965 model year, a seriously good car as well. The rear suspension was adapted from the Corvette and sprung with coil springs in the rear, and many other handling tweaks were made to give the compact Chevrolet huge potential. This particular example comes with a truly amazing file full of period correspondence, manuals and even invoices from John Fitch and Company of Falls Village, Connecticut; builders of the highly desirable Fitch Sprint. While the Fitch Sprint fiberglass buttresses and “Sprint” badges are not present, this car does have many of the Fitch parts well documented. Letters in the history file dated from 1966 show correspondence between the original owner and John Fitch and Co., Inc regarding the purchase and fitment of Sprint components. The following items were purchased, many fitted at Fitch’s shop:

 

  • Fitch leather covered steering wheel

  • G.T. Suspension package

  • Fitch Steering Damper (a Delco Corvette part, with special brackets)

  • Metallic brake linings

  • Tuned length dual mufflers

  • Heel and Toe bracket (a special Fitch design)

  • Shift knob

  • Seat bracket

  • IECO Ram Air induction kit with Carter AFB single four-barrel carburetor

 

Also included in the file are stacks of service receipts, the original warranty booklet and handbook, period articles and catalogs and even letters of praise for the Corvair to General Motors. Clearly, this Corvair was owned by a true enthusiast who wanted to get the best out of his new purchase and who understood the amount of potential in the 1966 Corvair platform.

Structurally, the body is very solid with excellent new floors. There are two small, non-structural areas that still need some attention with the welder; the lower left quarter panel, and a small area at the base of the windscreen. Otherwise, it just needs to be lined up and body work can commence. It is straight and solid and the doors open and close nicely indicating the floors were done properly. A large amount of spare parts are included, not limited to: New interior door panels, exterior trim, lights and lenses, glass (some extra), interior fittings, carpet, and assorted hardware. Front and rear seat covers have been retrimmed in new white vinyl. All of the original instrumentation is intact and a new wrinkle-finish glovebox door (a rare piece!) is also included. It appears that the heel and toe bracket and Fitch Seat Extension have gone missing, but thanks to strong club support, a set of engineering drawings are included to re-create these parts. Also missing is the IECO air cleaner housing for the four bbl carb. While we cannot guarantee the presence of every last component or piece of hardware, we can say with confidence that there is a comprehensive amount of parts included, enough to get at least 90% of the car back together. This would make a great basis for a racing car, or perhaps a full Fitch Sprint recreation or simply a very fun restoration with lots of cool period parts that you can put your personal mark on. It runs very well and can even be lot driven (brakes need some fine tuning). We can provide video of it running for any serious buyers. The car is located in Bethlehem, PA and viewing is by appointment.

 

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