About the Corvair
The Chevrolet Corvair was a compact car produced by General Motors from 1960 to 1969. It was designed to compete with the European imports that were becoming popular in the United States. The Corvair was notable for its innovative design, which included a rear-mounted air-cooled engine, four-wheel independent suspension, and a compact, lightweight uni-body.
The first generation of the Corvair was introduced in 1960 and offered as a sedan or coupe. The car was well received, and sales were strong in its first year on the market. Station wagon and convertible body styles were added to the lineup, as was the Rampside and Loadside pickup trucks, and the Greenbrier and Corvan vans. In 1962, the Corvair Monza Sypder debuted a turbocharged version of the flat-6 engine.
In 1965, the second generation Corvair was introduced, with sleeker styling and upgraded raar suspension. Despite this all-new design, the debut of the Ford Mustang, as well as concerns about the safety of the first generation’s swing-axle rear suspension raised by consumer advocate Ralph Nader in his book “Unsafe at Any Speed”, led to a decline in sales. Chevrolet turned its focus to its new Mustang-fighter, the Camaro (introduced in 1967), and the Corvair was discountinued after the 1969 model year.
Despite its troubled history, the Chevrolet Corvair remains an important part of automotive history and is remembered for its innovative design and engineering. Today, the car is considered a collectible by many car enthusiasts and is appreciated for its unique style and character.