Chevrolet Corvair

1960 Chevrolet Corvair1960 Chevrolet Corvair

The Corvair was in many ways an interesting car. It had an aluminium 6-cylinder horzontally opposed engine mounted at the rear and was Chevrolet's first compact car. Initially the motoring press praised it highly, proclaiming things like "From any angle it's a terrific rig, which should cause quite a stir', "This is the best handling rear-engine car I've ever driven", " The car steers like a feather" and so on  [Tom McCahill]. Car Report wrote another glowing report: "The new Corvair boasts an ideal distribution of weight for a compact car".

However, the car was involved in numerous accidents all attributed to poor roadholding. Ralph Nader's famous book "Unsafe at any Speed" killed it off. In retrospect the Corvair was found to be no less safe than any other car. 

1960 Chevrolet Corvair1960 Chevrolet Corvair

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