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Corvair Society of America Convention 2019

Published in blog.hemmings.com

Rampsides, Greenbriers, and just about every first- and second-generation Corvair model was in attendance, restored, modified and unrestored originals. For Corvair owners and enthusiasts it was Christmas in July! Photography by the author.

The enthralling sound of air-cooled dominance was in the air at the Pleasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois, during the last week in July when Corvair owners and enthusiasts came together for the annual convention of the Corvair Society of America. Known simply as CORSA, close to 300 Corvairs were in attendance throughout the five-day gathering.

1962 Corvair Spyder

One of the first mass-produced turbocharged-powered cars was the Corvair Spyder; this 1962 red beauty is owned by Fred Castro of Elmhurst, Illinois.

 

1965 Corvair Corsa

With its 140-hp engine, owner Dan Hill made the effortless drive from Benton, Arkansas in his 1965 Corsa coupe.

 

Tin toys from the early ‘60s depicted a variety of Corvairs including police cars, ambulances, fire trucks and even milk and bakery trucks.

A concours, swap meet, car corral, rally, autocross and a big non-judged show helped satisfied everyone’s Corvair needs and desires. Besides the concours, which was held during the week on Wednesday, there was an indoor swap meet where all sorts of new and used parts were on hand, including all sorts of interesting Corvairabilia such as books, shirts, models, blankets, ties, posters and original sales literature. With some folks thinning out their collection of parts, there were many desirable new-old-stock bits for sale including many rare exterior trim items.

1965 Corvair Corsa convertible

One of the toughest looking Corvairs displayed in the modified class was this black-on-black 1965 Corsa convertible owned by Mike Seversin from Madison, Wisconsin.

 

1965 Corvair 500 sedan

Jeffrey Kamin from Cadiz, Kentucky, showed his 500-series four-door sedan which his grandmother bought new in 1965.

 

1965 Corvair Monza coupe

Finished in the factory color called Crocus Yellow, this 1965 Monza coupe was shown by owner David Edwardy from Byron, Minnesota.

Next year’s CORSA 2020 convention will be held in San Diego, July 6 through July 11, and will give the chance for all Corvairs owners on the western side of the country to get together and celebrate this truly special automobile. For more details visit their website: Corvair.org.

Fitch Sprint

One of the rarest cars on display was this first-generation Fitch Sprint convertible with its factory-correct “grille” screen in place.

 

1962 Corvair Monza station wagon

This 1962 Monza station wagon just underwent a ground-up restoration that was finished just days before the show. It was restored by owner Lawrence Jahn from Hoopeston, Illinois.

 

1962 Corvair Monza station wagon

This all-original unrestored black 1962 Monza station wagon was driven from Philadelphia by owners Paul and Marlen Passini.

 

1962 Corvair Monza sedan

Another rarity was this 1962 Monza four-door sedan featuring a factory-installed bench seat. It was driven from Lees Summit, Missouri by owner Paul Sergeant.

 

1966 Corvair Corsa

Custom green paint and redline tires on chrome wire wheels made this 1966 Corsa coupe a real standout; it’s owned by Glen Rittenhouse from Pekin, Illinois.

 

1967 Yenko Stinger

Displayed indoors were several Yenko Stingers including YS-107, a 1967 model owned by Ed Cunnenn from Lombard, Illinois.