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Chevrolet Corvair (1966)


Chevrolet Corvair (1966)

While being cutting edge, the first Corvair had a nasty trait which gained it a bad reputation. Its swing-axle suspension at the rear made it revolutionary, but with the rear-mounted engine over the top of it, the outside wheel would fold under the car in corners, and in some instances, the car rolled. The car had received full independent suspension in '65 and from then on the problem was solved, making following cars fine-handlers. The engine was good too, being an all-aluminium air-cooled flat six which, in turbocharged form as in the Corsa model shown, could produce exceptional performance for a compact car. The multi-dial interior and high-back seats also made the Corsa a sporty model, and Chevrolet thought they had a winner, but the damage had been done with earlier models, and production was ended in 1969, having seen 1,659,012 models produced in 10 years.

Chevrolet Corvair (1966) Specifications

Top speed:115 mph (184 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):10.8 sec
Engine type:Flat six
Displacement:164 ci (2,687 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:180 bhp (134 kW) @ 4,000 rpm
Max torque:232 lb ft (314 Nm) @ 3,200 rpm
Weight:2,720 lb (1,236 kg)
Economy:28 mpg (9.91 km/I)
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