Was it Ralph Nader? Bad publicity? General Motors? The muscle car? Larry Claypool, Corvair historian, explains his theory on the demise of the unique, rear-engined car at the Orphan Auto Picnic in August 2009.
1966 Corvair Corsa:A steal of a Deal (sometimes you can find a good buy!)
Purchased in June, here is a classic 140 hp Corvair that required minimal
restoration costs and IS a good investment. The engine, rebuilt in 1985,
has only 5-10K on it and runs like new. Restoration was less than $700 for
some interior rips. The paint job is adequate and uniform, the lower side
panels are very glossy but the hoods over time have lost their gloss top
coating. On the highway, the car has a very solid feel to it and drives
straight as an arrow. It was made in LA and has no serious rust issues.
Harley with a Chevy Corvair engine is a Kick
A Harley without an engine and an air cooled corvair engine. Could I make
them fit together? I built this one of a kind motorcycle over 15 years ago.
It is a kick start only and still runs great.
CRASH: Ep 1: Carnage: Car Safety & Car Crashes: Pt 5: Quest to improve safety: Seatbelts & Airbags
From the UK Documentary Series CRASH: Episode 1 of 3: Carnage.
This episode gives a brief history of car safety, showing how our love of
the car soon became tarnished by a massive road toll in the 1950s and 60s
and the designed in faults and dangers that were killing and injuring
motorists at speeds as low as 10mph. The rise of consumerism in the 60s &
70s brought huge changes to the way automakers and governments thought
about car safety and it is now a huge part of automotive engineering
design. This episode also looks at some famous and infamous cars (the Mini,
Corvair, Pinto) and many of the safety flaws in their design.
In this episode:
-Princess Diana Car Crash reconstruction (Part 1)
-Alarming Fatalities of the 1950s (Part 2)
-The Big 3, birth of car safety & the Mini (Part 3)
-Uncontrollable Deaths, Ralph Nader, Corvair & Pinto (Part 4)
-The Quest to improve car safety: Seatbelts & Airbags (Part 5)
-Safety Sells: The 1980s & 1990s (Part 6)
Episode 2: Fatal Attraction: The person behind the wheel: Driver Behaviour
and Human Error in causing crashes.
Episode 3: What Happened?: The role of the Car Crash Detective :Forensic
reconstruction of fatal crashes.
Sexy 65 Corvair TV Commercial
Looks like the model's the one that's unsafe at any speed in this intro ad
for the redesigned '65 Corvair. Just imagine this one running on Bonanza in
the fall of '64.
And for the best drives in your classic Corvair, go to
http://www.weekenddriver.com/ ... the Weekend Driver website!