Chevrolet's answer to the Volkswagen Beetle was the pretty Corvair whose engine was rear-mounted and air-cooled - the first such mass-produced car with those features. Selling for half the price of a Ford Thunderbird, it was one of Detroit's answer to the clamor for economy compacts. The other cars to follow suit to the changing times were the Ford Falcon and Plymouth Valiant.
A 1972 safety commission report conducted by Texas A&M University contradicted Nader's claim and concluded on its 143-page report that "the 1960–1963 Corvair possessed no greater potential for loss of control than its contemporary competitors in extreme situations." Nader's claim was without merit and four contemporary cars—a Ford Falcon, Plymouth Valiant, Volkswagen Beetle, and Renault Dauphine—along with a second-generation Corvair (with its completely redesigned, independent rear suspension) have comparable results when tested on handling and stability in extreme situations.
1966 Corvair Monza
1966 Corvair Monza Specs:
Transmission Three-speed manual, optional four-speed manual, or two-speed Powerglide automatic.
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