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Stock Is... Article Index

Beginning in January 1987, Larry Claypool (with the help of an occasional guest writer) published a wonderful series of Corvair restoration articles under the banner "Stock Is...".  The articles appeared in nearly every issue of the CORSA Communique magazine for six consecutive years and covered an amazing amount of territory. 

Here is a list of all the "Stock Is..." articles that were published in the CORSA Communique magazine.  If you are a CORSA member, you can look them up in our online Communique archives.  Larry believes it is complete. However, he notes that additional information has surfaced since they were written so many years ago. Some statements in the articles may not apply to all the years noted.

We thank "Corvair Kid" Kent Sullivan for taking the time and effort to prepare the list.  It also also appears on his personal website at

Issue Category Topic(s)
Jan-87 side view tire sizes and styles
Feb-87 front end (trunk) paint, master cylinders, screw caps, insulation, emblems, decals, jack, spare, lug wrench, mats, rubber seals
Mar-87 front end headlight bezels, parking lamp lenses, headlamps, side marker lights, emblems, horns, valence panel, paint
Apr-87 side view wheel covers and hub caps, wire wheels
May-87 side view wheel well trim, rocker panel moldings
Jun-87 side view wheel covers revisited, emblems, belt trim, pinstripes, window trim, two-tone trim, door edge guards, gas door guards
Jul-87 national convention preparation operations check (judging)
Aug-87 side view outside rear view mirrors
Sep-87 national convention post-mortem various goofs concours competitors made
Oct-87 front end trunk paint and headlight buckets revisited
Oct-87 side view rocker panel moldings and tires revisited
Oct-87 rear end rear air grille, tailpipes, stone guards
Nov-87 rear end license plate lamp
Dec-87 rear end more on rear air grilles, tail light lenses and housings, backup light lenses and housings
Jan-88 engine compartment deck lid, latches, weatherstrips, seals, insulation and clips
Feb-88 engine compartment paint color, plugs, insulation, voltage regulators, wiring harness
Mar-88 engine compartment batteries, hold-downs, cables, vent caps, trays
Apr-88 engine compartment deck lid weatherstrips revisited, oil coolers, crankshaft pulleys
May-88 none none
Jun-88 engine compartment decals
Jul-88 engine compartment carburetors, belt guards, dipsticks and grommets, shroud bolts, generators, alternators, cooling fans, shroud paint, ignition parts, fan belts, A/C equipment
Aug-88 engine compartment ground straps, radio condensers, shroud bolts revisited, oil pressure switches, oil filler caps, fuel pumps, fuel lines, carburetor linkage; turbo specialties: heat shields, fuel lines, gas filters, etc.
Sep-88 none none
Oct-88 national convention post-mortem shroud bolts, decals, rear shelf cardboard, air cleaner elements, generator mounting
Nov-88 rear end exhaust, mufflers
Dec-88 engine compartment engine shroud bolts, damper doors, heater shrouds, oil pans, valve covers
Jan-89 engine compartment engine shrouds revisited, transaxles, backup light switches
Feb-89 underbody paint, bolts, hose clamps, suspensions, heater hoses, undercoating
Mar-89 interior dash pads, radio enclosures, ashtrays, instrument cluster plates, knobs, Powerglide shift knobs
Apr-89 side view van mirrors
Apr-89 interior instrument cluster plates revisited
Apr-89 underbody paint and undercoating revisited
May-89 interior instrument cluster screws, radios, clocks
Jun-89 interior radios continued (late model)
Jul-89 interior stereo multiplexes, tape players
Aug-89 engine compartment turbo specialties revisited
Sep-89 none none
Oct-89 interior doors, door panels, armrests
Nov-89 interior seat upholstery
Dec-89 interior seat belts
Jan-90 interior head rests
Feb-90 interior seat upholstery revisited, carpets, mats
Mar-90 interior seat belts revisited, inside rear view mirrors, visor vanity mirrors
Apr-90 interior package area cardboard
May-90 interior headliners
Jun-90 interior steering wheels, steering columns
Jul-90 interior headliners revisited, door sill plates
Aug-90 accessories luggage racks
Sep-90 none none
Oct-90 national convention post-mortem rear grille paint, decals, etc.
Nov-90 interior steering wheels revisited
Nov-90 accessories courtesy lamps, warning lamps, engine lamps, trunk lamps
Dec-90 accessories taxi packages, police packages
Jan-91 accessories tissue dispensers
Feb-91 accessories litter containers
Mar-91 accessories (early) locking gas caps, accelerator pedal covers, seat cushion covers, seat cushions, license plate frames, compasses, rear seat luggage compartment covers, rear door safety locks, coat hooks, glareshades
Apr-91 none none
May-91 accessories (early) ventshades, trailer hitches
May-91 accessories (late) locking gas caps, seat belt retractors, compasses, seat cushions, license plate frames, trailer hitches, emergency flashers, rear door safety locks
Jun-91 accessories (unattached) spotlights, toolkits, appearance kits, tool kits, fire extinguishers, highway emergency kits
Jul-91 accessories (FC) spotlights, other lights, Loadside platforms, arm rests, bed rails, clocks
Aug-91 accessories (FC) tables, screens, Greenbrier camper
Sep-91 none none
Oct-91 engine compartment oil filters
Nov-91 owners' surveys kickoff
Dec-91 none none
Jan-92 engine compartment oil filters revisited
Jan-92 front end head lamps
Feb-92 none none
Mar-92 none none
Apr-92 owners' surveys 1963 results
May-92 none none
Jun-92 none none
Jul-92 none none
Aug-92 accessories FOA, RPO, LPO, and COPO defined; Deluxe Equipment, Comfort and Convenience, and Custom Feature Accessories discussed; reference books discussed
Sep-92 none none
Oct-92 owners' surveys 1963 results revisited, 1969 results
Nov-92 none none
Dec-92 none none
Jan-93 owners' surveys 1966 results (also revisits decoding accessory information, which applies to 1963)

Additional Production Numbers

The following production numbers were updated by Dave Newell and were published in the May 2017 issue of the CORSA Communique magazine. Refer to the article name "Production Numbers Revised" by Dave Newell.

Spyder: Option RPO 690   
Year                 Coupe    Convertible             Total
1962 4,320 2,574 6,894

Spyder: Option RPO L87   
Year                 Coupe    Convertible             Total
1963 11,627 7,472 19,099

Corsa Turbo: Option RPO L87 
Year Total
1965 7,206
1966 1,951

Air Conditioning  
Year        Option Number                      Total
1961 FOA 114 2,779
1962 FOA 114 7,238
1963 RPO C64 6,330
1964 RPO C64 6,010
1965 RPO C64 9,418
1966 RPO C64 4,780
1967 RPO C64 1,396
Total   37,951

Production Overview  (U.S.)
Model Year       Car   Truck (FC)  Total Corvair Production
    Assembly Plants Bloomfield CKD Plant Production Total   Assembly Plants Production Total    
1960   245,423 4,584 250,007         250,007
1961   279,075a 3,000 282,075   47,570 47,557b   329,632
1962   290,731 1,800 292,531   35,969 35,969   328,500
1963   254,115c 456 254,571   30,109 30,109d   284,680
1964   191,435 480 191,915   15,199 15,199   207,114
1965   235,528 e 235,528   1,528 1,528   237,056
1966   103,743 e 103,743         103,743
1967   27,157 96 27,253         27,253
1968   15,399   15,399         15,399
1969   6,000   6,000         6,000
Total   1,648,606 10,416 1,659,022   130,375 130,362f   1,789,384g

Notes provided by Dave Newell:

This Production Overview table shows the relationship of U.S. Corvair Production Number Totals to Assembly Plant Totals and the new FC Production Numbers.  Bloomfield, New Jersey CKD yearly totals are presented here for the first time from my files. Sum of the Car Assembly Plant Total and Bloomfield CKD Total equals the Car Production Number Total for each year.

a 1961 Car Assembly Plant Total: Was 279,103, corrected to 279,075 by Chevrolet production figure summary dated 4-7-71 giving revised totals for the Oakland Plant (55,470 revised to 55,464) and Willow Run (190,383 revised to 190,361). WR 190,361 total was also confirmed by the Willow Run-issued 1961 total. Kansas City total of 33,250 was unchanged. These changes reduce the 1961 Car Assembly Plant Total by 28 units to agree with the 1961 Car Production Figure Total.

b 1961 Truck Production Figure Total at 47,557 is 13 units lower than the Assembly Plant Total of 47,570. Without a Chevrolet document to balance these totals or prorate the 13 units over the four FC models, the more reliable 47,557 Truck Production Figure Total must remain for now.

c 1963 Car Assembly Plant Total: Was 254,112, corrected to 254,115 by Chevrolet production figure summary dated 4-7-71 giving revised totals for the Oakland Plant (22,403 revised to 22,406). Willow Run (214,470) and Los Angeles (17,239) totals were unchanged. This change increases the 1963 Car Assembly Plant Total by 3 units to agree with the 1963 Car Production Figure Total.

d 1963 Truck Production Figure Total: Was 26,968, corrected to 30,109 by the 1963 Chevrolet Accumulative Production Report which gave all new model production figures for 1963 FCs. This change increases the 1963 Truck Production Figure Total by 3,141 units to agree with the 1963 Truck Assembly Plant Total.

e 1965 and 1966 Corvair CKD units were made by GM Canada and are included in their 1965 and 1966 Canadian production totals. Canadian Corvair production is not included in any of the figures reported here.

f Corvair Truck Production Total: Was 127,221, corrected to 130,362 by 3,141 increase in 1963 Truck Production Figure Total. See note d.

g US Corvair Car and Truck Production Total: Was 1,786,243, corrected to 1,789,384 by 3,141 increase in 1963 Truck Production Figure Total. See note d.


You Shop at Amazon. Amazon Gives to CPF!

by Rod Murray, Western Pennsylvania Corvair Club

Hello Chapter Members & fellow Corvair Enthusiasts,

I want to pass along some important information for anyone who uses Amazon for their online shopping. Did you know that Amazon offers a charitable program that donates money from every sale back to designated 501c3 charity groups? It's true, it's easy to use, and it's no cost to you! It's called Amazon Smile, and it works just like Amazon, but uses a different access link and only requires users to designate their select charity.

The link is if you want to take a look and/or pre-load your designated charity...may I suggest Corvair's own 501c3 non-profit arm, the CORVAIR PRESERVATION FOUNDATION?!

To be fair, Amazon Smile's donation of .5% for every sale may seem small, but every penny adds up, and the greater the level of participation, the greater the value to the CPF!

So far, this opportunity to help raise a few much-needed dollars for the CPF has been only lightly-promoted but I don't expect that to last. I encourage chapter officers, webmasters, and newsletter editors to actively promote Amazon Smile within your respective groups. And be sure to share with your family and friends. Again, every penny adds up, and this is an opportunity to do some good for the Corvair Preservation Foundation.


Vehicle Condition Guide

EXCELLENT: Restored to current maximum professional standards of quality. Appears as new. In a CORSA sanctioned Concours, this would be a 95-plus point show car. In a sense, an EXCELLENT vehicle is in the same condition as it was when it was new. It is usually not driven and transported to shows and meets. There are very few EXCELLENT vehicles.

FINE: This is a well-restored, or an extremely well-maintained original vehicle showing very little wear. A vehicle in FINE condition will appear as an EXCELLENT vehicle and will likely score in the lower 90s in a CORSA sanctioned Concours. In many shows it will take top honors, except when compared an EXCELLENT vehicle. FINE vehicles may be driven up to 1000 miles each year.

VERY GOOD: This could be an operable original or older restoration showing wear. A VERY GOOD vehicle looks perfect from 20 feet away, but a closer inspection will reveal deteriorating paint or wear on the interior seats and controls. At a CORSA sanctioned Concours, a VERY GOOD vehicle will score in the middle to high 80s.

GOOD: This is a driver which all the components will need restoration. While a GOOD vehicle is completely functional, even from 20 feet away, it is clear that is in need of restoration. At a CORSA sanctioned Concours, a GOOD vehicle will score in the high 70s or lower 80s.

RESTORABLE: Needs complete restoration. May or may not be running. A RESTORABLE vehicle is not wrecked or stripped of parts, has only surface rust, and is more or less complete, but needs everything.

PARTS CAR: Primarily useful only for parts. It may or may not be running. May not be complete, as some parts have been stripped.

DECEASED (SCRAPPED):  Vehicles that are KNOWN to be crushed and no longer exist.

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Production Numbers (CA)

The following table provides production numbers for fully-assembled Corvair cars and CKD (Completely Knocked Down) kits manufactured by GM Canada.  The CKD kits were for export and were assembled by GM factories overseas.  The numbers were compiled from GM Canada records by Ray Twist and Dave Newell.

You may notice the absence of Corvair Greenbriers, Corvans, Rampsides and Loadsides.  As explained in the May 2017 issue of the CORSA Communique magazine, GM Canada's Corvair production was limited to passenger cars. 

For further details, please refer to the articles named "Production Numbers Revised" published in the May 2017 issue of the CORSA Communique and "New Canadian Production Figures" in the November-December 2017 issue, both written by Dave Newell.

1960 500 Coupe Model 527 362 3,261
  500 Sedan Model 569 1,172  
  700 Coupe Model 727 562  
  700 Sedan Model 769 1,165  
1961 500 Coupe Model 527 590 7,739
  500 Sedan Model 569 1,158  
  500 Wagon Model 535 331  
  700 Coupe Model 727 758  
  700 Sedan Model 769 2,213  
  700 Wagon Model 735 547  
  Monza Coupe Model 927 1,530  
  Monza Sedan Model 969 612  
1962 500 Coupe Model 527 903 7,505
  700 Coupe Model 727 881  
  700 Sedan Model 769 1,656  
  700 Wagon Model 735 68  
  Monza Coupe Model 927 2,772  
  Monza Sedan Model 969 1,020  
  Monza Wagon Model 935 205  
1963 500 Coupe Model 527 843 6,880
  700 Coupe Model 727 665  
  700 Sedan Model 769 1,059  
  Monza Coupe Model 927 2,821  
  Monza Sedan Model 969 799  
  Monza Convertible Model 967 693  
1964 500 Coupe Model 527 1,050 7,369
  700 Sedan Model 769 1,022  
  Monza Coupe Model 927 3,190  
  Monza Sedan Model 969 892  
  Monza Convertible Model 967 559  
  Spyder Coupe Model 627 502  
  Spyder Convertible Model 667 154  
1965 500 Coupe Model 10137 1,596 10,732
  500 Sedan Model 10139 842  
  500 Sedan CKD (1) Antwerp 48  
  Monza Coupe Model 10537 3,382  
  Monza Coupe CKD Antwerp 144  
  Monza Sedan Model 10539 1,826  
  Monza Sedan CKD Antwerp 144  
  Monza Sedan CKD Bienne 336  
  Monza Convertible Model 10567 679  
  Corsa Coupe Model 10737 1,351  
  Corsa Coupe CKD Antwerp 24  
  Corsa Convertible Model 10767 360  
1966 500 Coupe Model 10137 1,289 6,569
  500 Sedan Model 10139 365  
  500 Sedan CKD Antwerp 48  
  Monza Coupe Model 10537 2,518  
  Monza Coupe CKD Antwerp 96  
  Monza Sedan Model 10539 793  
  Monza Sedan CKD Antwerp 96  
  Monza Sedan CKD Bienne 144  
  Monza Convertible Model 10567 279  
  Corsa Coupe Model 10737 682  
  Corsa Coupe CKD Antwerp 48  
  Corsa Convertible Model 10767 211  
TOTAL       50,055
1963 Spyder CSL 26F (2) - - - - - - - - 71
      Coupe - - - - 59  
      Convertible - - - - 12  
1965 Corsa Turbo RPO L87 - - - - - - - - 797
      Coupe - - - - 443  
      Convertible - - - - 117  
 1966     Coupe & Convertible (3) - - - - 237  
Note (1): 1965 & 1966 GM Canada CKD Corvairs were assembled by GM Continental in Antwerp, Belgium and GM Suisse in Bienne, Switzerland from components manufactured in the US, Canada and Europe.
Note (2): Canadian Special Listing, GM Canada equivalent of a US COPO Option.
Note (3) Body Style breakdown not available.  

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Production Numbers (US)

The following production numbers were updated by Dave Newell and were published in the May 2017 issue of the CORSA Communique magazine. The update builds upon earlier research conducted over the years by Mark Corbin, Mark Ellis, Dan Desremaux, Mike McGowan, and Dave Newell.  The numbers are supported by sales records obtained from various departments within the Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors.  Refer to the article named "Production Numbers Revised" by Dave Newell for further information.

YearModelModel NumberModel TotalYear Total
1960 500 Coupe 527 14,628 250,007
  500 Sedan 569 47,683  
  700 Coupe 727 36,562  
  700 Sedan 769 139,208  
  Monza Coupe 927 11,926  
1961 500 Coupe 527 16,857 329,632
  500 Sedan 569 18,752  
  500 Wagon 535 5,591  
  700 Coupe 727 24,786  
  700 Sedan 769 51,948  
  700 Wagon 735 20,451  
  Monza Coupe 927 109,945  
  Monza Sedan 969 33,745  
  Greenbrier R1206 15,806  
  Corvan R1205 18,489  
  Rampside R1254 10,787  
  Loadside R1244 2,475  
1962 500 Coupe 527 16,245 328,500
  700 Coupe 727 18,474  
  700 Sedan 769 35,368  
  700 Wagon 735 3,716  
  Monza Coupe 927 151,738  
  Monza Sedan 969 48,059  
  Monza Wagon 935 2,362  
  Monza Convertible 967 16,569  
  Greenbrier R1206 13,491  
  Corvan R1205 18,007  
  Rampside R1254 4,102  
  Loadside R1244 369  
1963 500 Coupe 527 16,680 284,680
  700 Coupe 727 12,378  
  700 Sedan 769 20,684  
  Monza Coupe 927 129,544  
  Monza Sedan 969 31,120  
  Monza Convertible 967 44,165  
  Greenbrier R1206 11,993  
  Corvan R1205 15,514  
  Rampside R1254 2,602  
1964 500 Coupe 527 22,968 207,114
  700 Sedan 769 16,295  
  Monza Coupe 927 88,440  
  Monza Sedan 969 21,926  
  Monza Convertible 967 31,045  
  Spyder Coupe 627 6,480  
  Spyder Convertible 667 4,761  
  Greenbrier R1206 8,147  
  Corvan R1205 6,201  
  Rampside R1254 851  
1965 500 Coupe 10137 36,747 237,056
  500 Sedan 10139 17,560  
  Monza Coupe 10537 88,954  
  Monza Sedan 10539 37,157  
  Monza Convertible 10567 26,466  
  Corsa Coupe 10737 20,291  
  Corsa Convertible 10767 8,353  
  Greenbrier R1206 1,528  
1966 500 Coupe 10137 24,045 103,743
  500 Sedan 10139 8,779  
  Monza Coupe 10537 37,605  
  Monza Sedan 10539 12,497  
  Monza Convertible 10567 10,345  
  Corsa Coupe 10737 7,330  
  Corsa Convertible 10767 3,142  
1967 500 Coupe 10137 9,257 27,253
  500 Sedan 10139 2,959  
  Monza Coupe 10537 9,771  
  Monza Sedan 10539 3,157  
  Monza Convertible 10567 2,109  
1968 500 Coupe 10137 7,206 15,399
  Monza Coupe 10537 6,807  
  Monza Convertible 10567 1,386  
1969 500 Coupe 10137 2,762 6,000
  Monza Coupe 10537 2,717  
  Monza Convertible 10567 521  
Total US       1,789,384
GM Canada       50,055
Total Corvair (World-wide) 1,839,439

The totals shown here include not only fully-assembled vehicles but also Completely Knocked Down (CKD) kits that were manufactured in the USA and Canada.  The CKD kits were then shipped to GM Overseas Operations (GMOO) plants in Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Mexico, Venezuela and South Africa where they were assembled using varying amounts of locally manufactured components and materials.

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