Featured Vehicle of the Month
‘66 Chevrolet Electric Corvair Monza Convertible
Yes, you read correctly! This 1966 Corvair has been converted to an electric car. Sort of “Back to the Future”.
This car started out as a 110 hp flat six air cooled engine mounted in the rear. It features GM’s 2 speed Power Glide transmission. It was purchased in 2012 from Dave Dean, down in Old Town, Kissimmee, Florida. This Corvair was displayed in the drug store, in Old Town. I drove it off the drug store floor and continued down to South Florida.
The conversion took place about a year later, and took 3 months. The drive system consists of 36 Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries connected in series, which provides approximately 120VDC. The batteries power a 75HP 3-phase AC induction motor, which is controlled by a Curtis 3-Phase inverter. The motor is coupled to the Flex plate shaft on the torque converter. This is the same shaft that the gasoline engine coupled to. The front trunk contains 10 of the batteries and a 5 Kw charger. The J1772 charger plug is located where the gas filler tube used to be. The remaining 26 batteries are mounted in the rear engine compartment along with a DC/DC converter, that converts the 120VDC to 12VDC. The 12VDC powers the normal electrical system of the car. The car can travel ~65 miles on a charge and can recharge in 3-4 hours. I usually plug it in at night and it is ready to go in the morning. This car is not for long range intercity driving. It works well for local errands and car shows. It has a top speed of ~90 MPH. I don’t think I would want to go any faster, in a 54 year old car.
It is a very comfortable car and has been retrofitted with front disc brakes, 15 inch tires, and America Racing Crager style wheels. The seats were recovered in a 2 tone theme. I was very fortunate to find material that matched the car color so well.
It is fun to drive and very quiet. Wherever I go, people always comment on how nice the car looks and everyone seems to have had a Corvair or a relative that had a Corvair, and loved it.
Color Matched Seat Cushions
Rear Engine Compartment
Attention All Members
Due to Covid-19, the Florida Region AACA Board of Directors has approved the following two motions.
1. All 2020 members will be considered as paid-in-full for 2021. Dues payable to National AACA will be determined by National.
2. All 2020 existing Officers and Board Members will be retained for one more year through 2021.
Checkout our new Projects page
We have added a new section to our website. This new section is called Projects and will highlight our members projects. The first project will be
We would like to showcase your project. Whether it is a restoration or an interesting upgrade, please contact Larry Mills at [email protected]
New Addition to our References page
We have added a new link to our References page. AmericanAutoEmblems.com showcases the nameplates, emblems and logos displayed on American auto vehicles from the introduction of the horseless carriage up to about 1950. This is a treasure trove of interesting information. A must read for anyone who is interested in automotive history. Click on our References link and enjoy.
Request for Submittals
We would like to showcase our members cars each month. If you would like to see your car with a little background story, on this page, please email some pictures and a background story to Larry Mills at [email protected]
Next Club Meeting
The Florida Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 P.M. at the Kress Memorial Church of Seventh-Day Adventists, 746 Formosa Av, Winter Park, Florida 32789. Located 2 blocks south of Fairbanks Avenue.
Next Club Activity
Club meetings and activities are on hold, as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Check this website for details of when meetings and activities will resume.