VIN data doesn't match under the hood

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MaybeMonzaGuy
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VIN data doesn't match under the hood

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I'm looking at purchasing a 64 Monza. The vin reads 40927W193717. From what I can find this is a 900 series, with the 09 start, not the Spyder series. My problem in verifying the car is that it has what sure looks like a standard Spyder turbo, so the VIN should star with a 406xxxxxxxx. Can someone help me out here. And possibly steer me in the direction of a specs manual.

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Re: VIN data doesn't match under the hood

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You are correct. Specs manual?
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Re: VIN data doesn't match under the hood

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40927W193717
VIN - EM Corvair Passenger Car VIN Tag Decoding.jpg
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1964 was the only model year that included a separate model identification for the Monza Spyder. If the you are buying was a Monza Spyder, the VIN would be: 40627W193717. The car you are looking at may be a Spyder clone with a body/chassis of a non-Spyder that had all Spyder components (instrument panel/glove box door, turbo engine, Spyder badging on the body) transferred from donor vehicle.


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A TELLTALE SIGN...If there was a body/chassis swap with Spyder components transferred, it is unlikely that the special Spyder exhaust cutout would have been duplicated, since a body modification would have been needed...

Image 1964 Corvair Spyder Exhaust Cutout


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Early Model Corvair without Spyder Exhaust Cutout


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Late Model (1965-1966) Corvair Corsa Turbo Exhaust Cutout

A picture of your Corvair Body Tag (in the engine compartment) may also provide some clues.
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