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1964 Spyder Show Car
This 1964 Corvair Spyder convertible is a one-of-a-kind classic. It is the original show car that GM displayed at the 1964 Chicago and New York auto shows. The car features custom paint, leather custom seats and doors, special black-crackle engine compartment paint, carpeted trunk, real wire wheels, and lots of extra chrome. Don Schneider of Ohio restored this car and kept it in his great collection for years.
I bought the car in 2003 from a gentleman in Palm Desert, California. I now keep it garaged in California. On cool, sunny days, I take the car over to Los Gatos, California where it captures all of the attention, even with the numerous Porsches and Ferraris that hang out there.
I have a pretty good set of documentation on this car that includes the Build Order, a photo of the clay mock up for the passenger door, plus numerous photos of the interior that were taken in 1964. The Corvair Preservation Foundation did quite a bit of research on this car in 1996 and traced most of the owners after the car passed into private hands starting with Conrad Orloff, who was the Chief Production Officer for Chevrolet.
In the pictures, I have included a 1964 Chevrolet photo along with a scan of the 11/26/63 Chevrolet Engineering Department Build Order for this great show car. The Spyder was featured in a cover story of the May 2006 issue of the CORSA Communique and a scan of the magazine cover is included.