Corvair in Action 1960 General Motors 7min
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"Promotional film for the controversial Chevrolet Corvair."
Public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archive, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).
The Chevrolet Corvair was a compact automobile produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors for the 1960--1969 model years. It was the only American-made, mass-produced passenger car to feature a rear-mounted air-cooled engine.
The Corvair range included two-door coupe and convertible, four-door sedan, and four-door station wagon configurations, included the more powerful Monza model -- and included passenger van, commercial van, and pickup derivatives. The range competed with imported cars such as the original Volkswagen Beetle, as well as the Ford Falcon and the Plymouth Valiant, new entries in a market segment that was established in the U.S. by the Nash and Rambler American.
The Corvair's legacy was affected by controversy surrounding its handling, which led to its inclusion in Ralph Nader's Unsafe at Any Speed. Nonetheless a subsequent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study concluded that the car's handling was as safe as that of its contemporaries.
The Corvair name originated for a 1954 Corvette fastback show car. The car's development was directed by Ed Cole, holding chief engineer and general manager positions at Chevrolet during the 1950s. It was General Motors' response to the growing popularity of small, lightweight imported cars such as the original Volkswagen Beetle, as well as to compete with domestic-built compact cars, the Rambler American and Studebaker Lark. The "compact" term was coined by George W. Romney as a euphemism for small cars with a wheelbase of 110 inches (2,794 mm) or less. The Corvair's design began in 1956 with the first vehicles rolling off the assembly line in late 1959 for the 1960 model year. The car was introduced October 2, 1959 initially as a four-door sedan offered in two trim levels. Two Corvairs were tested at the Riverside International Raceway in California, for 24 hours. One car rolled over, but the other completed the drive consuming only one quart (0.95 L) of oil.
The Corvair's sales exceeded 200,000 for each of its first six model years. The rear engine design offered packaging and economy advantages, providing the car with a lower silhouette, flat passenger compartment floor, removing the need for power assists, and offering improvements in ride quality, traction, and braking balance. The different design also attracted customers from other makes, primarily imports. The Corvair stood out with engineering significantly different from other American offerings. It was part of GM's Y-body ("Z"-Body from 1965 on) line of cars, with design and engineering that advanced the rear-engine, rear-wheel drive layout pioneered by cars including the Tucker Torpedo, Porsche 356, Volkswagen Beetle, Renault Dauphine, and NSU Prinz—and employed by the concurrent and short-lived Hino Contessa.
The Corvair's powerplant is an aluminum air-cooled 140 cu in (2.3 L) flat-six (Later enlarged, first to 145 and then to 164 cubic inches). The first Corvair engine produced 80 hp (60 kW; 81 PS). Power peaked with the 1965--66 turbocharged 180 hp (134 kW; 182 PS) Corsa engine option. The first generation model's swing axle rear suspension, invented and patented by engineer Edmund Rumpler, offered a comfortable ride but raised safety concerns associated with the car's handling stability, and was replaced in 1965 with a fully independent rear suspension similar to the Corvette Sting Ray.
The Corvair represented several breakthroughs in design for mass-produced Detroit vehicles with 1,786,243 cars produced between 1960 and 1969...
The Corvair spawned a number of innovative concept vehicles including the Corvair SS, Monza GT, Monza SS, Astro I, and even two Carrozzeria Pininfarina "Corvair Speciale" show cars and the Testudo, designed by Carrozeria Bertone.
The Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT coupe toured together with the Monza SS (Spyder) in early 1963, making a further public appearance at the New York Auto Show. Although both cars were based on the Corvair drive train, each represented a futuristic development of the adaptable Corvair design. In the SS convertible, the engine (with a four-carburetor setup) was left in its stock location behind the transaxle, allowing a shorter (88 in (2,200 mm)) wheelbase. Although the SS came very close to production, both cars remained concepts only. The Monza GT is housed at the GM's Heritage Center in Detroit...
Corvairs at Summit Point Part 2
Corvair time trials held at Summit Point Monday, July 14, 2003 . http://corvair.us http://corvairsforsale.com
62 Eddie Meadows 66 Yenko Stinger
89 Chuck Sadek 66 Corvair GT-3
71 Bruce Carlton 67 Corvair Monza
31 Bob Coffin Yenko Stinger YS-172
5 Rick Stansbury 65 Corvair Corsa
162 Chip Meadows 66 Yenko Stinger
63 Michael LeVeque 66 Corvair
51 Seth Emerson 65 Corvair
3 Dan Giannotti 65 Corvair Corsa
61 Paul Fox 66 Corvair
22 Ken Hand 65 Corvair Monza
82 Dusty Bradley 66 Corsa
73 Michael Sadek 99 Yenko Stinger YS-073
60 Brian O'Neill 66 Corvair Coupe
6 John Egerton 64 Corvair Monza
21 Rich Carroll 65 Corsa Coupe
15 Bill Elliott 66 Yenko Stinger
44 Bob Peplow 65 Yenko Stinger
37 Spencer Shepard 65 Corvair
66 Terry Stafford 64 Corvair Spyder
70 H. A. Smith 64 Corvair
43 Rusty Rose 64 Corvair Spyder
64 Robert Marlow M 64 Corvair 500
164 Tom Ludwig 64 Corvair 500
12 Tim Mahler 62 Corvair Fitch Sprint
13 Tony Ellison 66 Corvair
28 Rob Bradley 66 Corvair Corsa
50 Dave Edsinger 69 Corvair Monza
34 Robert Landers 65 Corvair Fitch Sprint
14 Robert Boxleyan-Baxley 69 Corvair Monza
18 Barry Ellison 65 Corvair Corsa
2 Bryan Blackwell 66 Corvair Corsa
20 Randy Stuart 66 Corvair Monza
17 Stew MacLeod 65 Corvair Monza
124 Dave Clemens 65 Corvair Corsa 140
33 Jeff Rapp 65 Corvair
35 Joe Curran 66 Corvair
8a Robert Dunahugh 69 Yenko Stinger
133 Mark Gillespie 65 Corvair
88 Rick Norris 66 Corvair Monza V8
93 Warren LeVeque 64 Corvair Tube Frame
11 Doug MacKintosh 62 Corvair Monza
1965 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa Yenko Stinger Clone
This is a compilation video of some autocrossing done in the Yenko Stinger Clone my Pops and I built. Mostly filmed at the Buccaneer Region SCCA test and tune on Hutchinson Island right across the river from Savannah.
Setting the idle in a Corvair!
setting the idle in this engine, a 110 HP with a 270 Isky cam...normally, I set the idle at around 6 to 700 RPM; when the chokes kick in, I set it to around 1100 RPM. It might vary depending on the size of the cam you are using, and personal preference. With this engine, I am running a dual Exhaust system, the RPM is a little lower so I can hear the rumble. For more info, don' t forget to refer to your shop manual, or give me a holler, I will be glad to help you out to get your ride going.