If you were born in the 60s, you'd probably remember country musician Jimmy Dean pitching one of the hottest rides in the erathe Chevrolet Corvair. Though it was expensive to manufacture, the Corvair enjoyed mainstream success in the United States with sales exceeding 200,000 every year for six years. Thanks to its elegant styling, high level of fuel economy, and top-notch ride quality, traction, and braking balance, this model dominated the American car market during its time, beating its competitors: Ford Falcon and Plymouth Variant. Its specialized engineering allowed it to stand out in the sea of compact vehicles; Corvair parts advanced existing technologies at the time. Thanks to the Corvair, America saw the creation of the rear-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, which was followed by other models like the Porsche 366 and Volkswagen Beetle.
Its success, however, was short-lived. In 1965, the first-generation Chevrolet Corvair faced controversy when Ralph Nader, an auto expert, pointed out the poor handling of the automobile. GM faced many lawsuits due to crashes caused by faulty suspension due to the removal of the anti-sway bar in an effort to make building the car more cost-efficient. This issue led to the demise of the vintage modelsales went to an all-time low of 14,000 and production immediately stopped.
But this did not make people forget about the classic Chevy. Lots of vintage enthusiasts still put Chevrolet Corvair on a pedestal. For them, no other automobile matched the classy styling of this model and contributed as much to the advancement of car technology in the 60s. In fact, this model can still be seen in some of the hit movies and shows in the 80s. Some of which are Knight Rider, Police Squad!, the classic 80s hit, The Right Stuff. Indeed, the Corvair still plays a great part in American car history and culture.