The Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT
was a mid-engined experimental prototype based on the early model Chevrolet Corvair
series. Essentially a concept vehicle, the Monza GT was destined never to enter production.
Design and development
Under direction by Bill Mitchell
, the Corvair Monza GT coupe was designed by Larry Shinoda
and Tony Lapine in 1962, borrowing from the Bertone designed Testudo concept car. Like the earlier design, the GT doors swung upward and were actually a front hinged canopy that extended into the B section; the rear engine cover also hinged at the rear. The engine used was a standard Corvair 145 cu. in. , flat six with a "two carb-layout." Unlike the production Corvair, the GT engine was mounted ahead of the transaxle, turned around 180 degrees and mounted as a "true" mid-engine layout. The chassis was on a wheelbase, shorter than production cars. The overall dimensions were similarly reduced with a length of , and a height of only , creating a diminutive but well-proportioned sports car.
Besides its streamlined and "swoopy" appearance, the Monza GT was full of other innovative features including magnesium-alloy wheels, 4-wheel disc brakes, and fixed seats with adjustable pedals, features that would not find their way into production cars for years.
Some of the styling features of the GT, notably the rear end, were the inspiration for the late-model production Corvair, introduced for the 1965 model year.