John Webber
John Webber
9/2/20 8:53 a.m.

In a May 1963 road test article, Car and Driver dubbed the new Corvair Monza Spyder the “poor man’s Porsche.” And why not? This pair begged for comparison.

In a sea of huge and heavy front-engined iron, these sporty little cars stood apart. Each one boasted unibody construction p…

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wspohn Dork
9/2/20 2:33 p.m.

I raced against both (was usually hip deeep in bathtubs). The Porsche had inherently better handling although the Corvair had several things that could substantially improve their  inept  stock handling. Weight favoured the Porsche of course.

The Corvair had a larger engine with potential higher output (if it could keep the fan belt were it belonged ( so there was potential . I ran against a Yenko Stinger that was pretty darned good.

The do make an interesting comparison, but I think a proper comparison would be between the Corvair and the six cylinder 2.0 engined 901/911s.  The Corvair wasn't going to win that one!

YenkoYS100 New Reader
9/2/20 5:53 p.m.

Here's what a Stinger could do, with a good driver, back in the day. Note #27 D-Prod. This was Mt. Ascutney, in 1972. :-)

cyncrvr New Reader
9/2/20 7:20 p.m.
YenkoYS100 said:

Here's what a Stinger could do, with a good driver, back in the day. Note #27 D-Prod. This was Mt. Ascutney, in 1972. :-)


Wow!! What a roster of cars!

fjcamper None
9/3/20 9:12 p.m.

Chevrolet may have contested or denied Porsche involvement in devloping the Corvair, but stopped short of the engine.

In May 1956; "Sports Cars Illustrated" magazine visited Porschewerk and noticed an air cooled engine running in a test rig, but was not allowed to photograph it or disclose any detail on it, except to be able to say it was for a Detroit manufacturer. Check that issue.

This may have been an early GM air cooled engine test.





wspohn Dork
9/4/20 10:24 a.m.

fjcamper New Reader
9/9/20 5:11 p.m.


Air Cooled road racers! We also run against the Yenkos, Yenko copies, 356's and such.

Our Ghia at Daytona, HSR member. -- Frank Camper

64Flat6 New Reader
10/11/20 10:28 a.m.

In reply to wspohn :What if the comparison was between two cars of the same model year? This looks to be sandbagged with a '65 used.


64Flat6 New Reader
10/11/20 10:37 a.m.

In reply to fjcamper :

Prove it. Porsche did take a Corvair engine to test for their own development which of course preceded their own flat 6 offering. I beg to differ on reliability. My 64 is still on original mechanicals. 

wspohn Dork
10/11/20 11:46 a.m.

What is interesting is that anyone would race a Mercedes 230 SL in D Prod.........or any other competition.

rdstr New Reader
4/6/22 11:24 a.m.

Is this a fair comparision? Porsche cost more when new and still much more today. Unforetunately neither was rustproofed enough for the northeast winters back then.

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