Cars of Coolhaven

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Chevrolet Corvair (early 60s)

December 16th, 2009 by Rolph · 1 Comment

Some pics from my crummy camera on my phone. Unfortunately, that was the best I could do besides drawing this car in pencil šŸ˜‰ Oh well, maybe it is not unbecoming for this ‘small’ US car. I actually like the looks of this Corvair, but if the sources are to be believed, this is not the best automobile ever to roll out of the Chevie facturies.

This Chevrolet Corvair was considered a compact car in its days. The US customers started to take a shine to the new small, fuel-efficient European imports from manufacturers like Volkswagen and Renault. Why drive a big boat if you can drive a sporty little hotshot? Unfortunately for Chevrolet, the imported small cars were designed by people who already had designed small cars since the beginning of the century, whilst Chevrolet more or less did it as a marketing gimmick.Ā  As a result, the car wasn’t really good, and more important for Chevrolet: way to expensive to produce giving its max price tag. Nonetheless the Corvair sold quite well, and its sporty handling eventually inspired the development of the Ford Mustang.

What I like about the Corvair is the wide varieties of body versions, there even was a small van based on this car! And of course, if you get into hot water because Ralph Nader writes a book on how immensly unsafe the car is, don’t you kinda want to like the car anyway? I know I do…

A very nice article on the car can be found here and I just couldn’t resist adding this vintage Corvair TV commercial as well. Enjoy!

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Tags: Chevrolet · Oldies

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Van // Oct 27, 2015 at 1:39

    Yup, the two Fords are ’57s. Looks like a ’55 or ’56 Plymouth beside the bus. Right above the ’59 Plymouth looks like ’57 Pontiac based on the roof line (it would have a split back wndoiw if it were an Oldsmobile or Buick)

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