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Wasn't that label slapped on the Chevy Corvair? ponder


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It was the title of Ralph Nader's book which had a chapter on the 'Vair. My first car was a '61 (sand beige with 2 speed powerglide transmission) and yes, I rolled it. Well not completely. What saved us was the rear engine. Kept the driver and passenger from being smushed.

It actually was a catalyst for Nationwide seat belt laws.


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A $5.00 part basically made this car have understeer if the tires were incorrectly inflated. The problem was solved on the 1964 models. 1965 to 1969 models had different setup and were superior in handling. Pretty advanced design for American domestic market at the time. Handled well if the tires were per spec. A poor man's Porsche in it's day. Still love Corvairs.


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Someone around the block has one. Maroon colored. Not sure of the year.

The rear of the car sports a Kennedy/Johnson sticker.

I remember that Tony Dow owned one when he was on Leave it to Beaver. He ended up selling the car, but, he got it back not all that long ago.


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I always thought of the Corvair as a poor man's Corvette. ponder


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My Dad had a Corvair when I was a kid. There's very little chance of it being 'A Poor Man's Corvette'...more like a poor man's Pinto. The back seat folded flat, so usually, it was in the down position and we four kids just piled in the back any time we went somewhere. The engine-in the rear of the car- had a single serpentine belt that ran everything-until it broke, then nothing ran. We suffered a broken belt once and managed to tie a piece of clothesline in place of it which allowed us to get to a garage. A different kind of car to be sure. The 'Unsafe at Any Speed' program convinced my parents it was time for a new car, so the Corvair was traded for a much sweeter Impala SS with a big block V8. Waaaaay cooler ride...


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Originally Posted by dexman
I always thought of the Corvair as a poor man's Corvette. ponder

Nope. Opal GT

Development of the Corvette began in late 1951 as "Project Opel" and was the brainchild of famed General Motors designer Harley Earl.



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Jbean, do you remember what year the Impala SS was?

Few months back I watch on YouTube (it might have been Jay Leno's garage) documentary on the Yenko Stinger Corvair. Neat car!


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Jbean, do you remember what year the Impala SS was?
Impala SS 1961-1969


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Tony Dow's Corvair has a Spyder engine. Was the Spyder any good? ponder


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