- Manufacturer: General Motors.
- Launched in 1960 to compete with the Volkswagen and the Renault (two successful rear engine vehicles), Chevrolet introduced the Corvair to popular and critical acclaim. Its success, however, was short-lived.
- In 1965, consumer safety advocate Ralph Nader called into question the safety of American cars in his book Unsafe at Any Speed. The entire first chapter was devoted to the shortcomings of the Corvair.
- Although the rear suspension had already been retooled in an effort to bolster its safety rating, the book irreparably damaged the Corvair’s reputation. Corvair sales declined dramatically over the next few years and led Chevrolet to end Corvair production in May, 1969.
- Number of cylinders: 4
- Horsepower: 110
- Cubic inches: 140
- Torque 160 foot lbs
- Air cooled rear engine
- 4 speed manual transmission