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'66 Monza Coupe 140
'66 Corsa "Clone" CT 180
'64 Cadillac Coupe "500 cid"
'61 Chevy Biscayne "327"
65 corvair corsa convertible turbo
65 corvair monza
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Lake Chatuge, North Carolina
1966 Corvair Corsa Convertible
I love both about equally now, though I really dislike how difficult it is to get fat tires/wheels under an EM. Something interesting though, I had LM's long before EM's and I expected the EM's to feel significantly inferior in terms of handling, and when I started driving the EM's found I like the handling just as well if not better when engaging in spirited driving. I'm not saying the LM isn't a better handler objectively, just that I enjoy the handling of the EM equally or better than the LM.
I might almost be willing to say I prefer driving the EM's... almost. EM's definitely have a much more interesting interior, especially in colors like red and blue. Also when it comes to convertibles EM's rule! As evidence I present the fact that EM converibles don't need coffee cans full of oil at all four corners to keep them from shaking like one of John Delorean's "half of an eight" four cylinder Tempest engines! Also the fact that a rust bucket EM 'vert doesn't fold in half if you open both doors.
66 Corsa 140 coupe
65 Corsa 180 Turbocharged coupe
64 Monza Convertible
61 Air conditioned Monza coupe (Missy's)
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As for which is better...
The early is the original Corvair, and has a smoother ride and drives more like a big car than the late model cars. The early Corvair is far superior to the VWs of the same era (all models). One thing about the early sedan that bugs me is that I am 6 feet tall, and tend to hit my head on the door jamb when getting in and out of the car.
The late is the better design style-wise and has many major improvements, including fully-independent rear suspension and better brakes. They are sportier looking and handle and stop better, but have a rather bumpy ride up front. The air dam was also an important and needed improvement GM added to the late model cars in mid-production.