The Truth About Cars » corvair http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:40:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Junkyard Find: 1968 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Coupe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/junkyard-find-1968-chevrolet-corvair-monza-coupe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/junkyard-find-1968-chevrolet-corvair-monza-coupe/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:00:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1173002 Fully three-quarters of you who took our “Ralph Nader, Angel or Demon” poll voted to give ol’ Ralph a halo instead of a pitchfork, so we don’t need to explain how his book wasn’t really the cause of the Corvair‘s plummeting sales after the initial burst of enthusiasm following the car’s release. No, most likely […]

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Fully three-quarters of you who took our “Ralph Nader, Angel or Demon” poll voted to give ol’ Ralph a halo instead of a pitchfork, so we don’t need to explain how his book wasn’t really the cause of the Corvair‘s plummeting sales after the initial burst of enthusiasm following the car’s release. No, most likely […]

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TTAC Forum ReCrap: Corvairs, Jeeps, and Italians – Oh My! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/ttac-forum-recrap-corvairs-jeeps-italians-oh/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/ttac-forum-recrap-corvairs-jeeps-italians-oh/#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1160474 This week on the TTAC forum, we’ve had a few interesting rides on the Classic and Collector subsection. Not just the stuff I’ve posted, either, as our own Ronnie Schreiber posted a very cool vintage truck he had photographed. This weekly feature isn’t just for TTAC writers, either. I’d love nothing more than to wake […]

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This week on the TTAC forum, we’ve had a few interesting rides on the Classic and Collector subsection. Not just the stuff I’ve posted, either, as our own Ronnie Schreiber posted a very cool vintage truck he had photographed. This weekly feature isn’t just for TTAC writers, either. I’d love nothing more than to wake […]

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You Can Buy the Largest Corvair Ever Made http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/can-buy-largest-corvair-ever-made/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/can-buy-largest-corvair-ever-made/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 12:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1108969 With the number of people collecting “mid-century” artifacts, the stuff of middle class American life in the 1950s and early 1960s, it shouldn’t come as a surprise there are folks who collect vintage travel trailers. Actually, if you’ve gone to enough car shows, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all as owners of cars of […]

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With the number of people collecting “mid-century” artifacts, the stuff of middle class American life in the 1950s and early 1960s, it shouldn’t come as a surprise there are folks who collect vintage travel trailers. Actually, if you’ve gone to enough car shows, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all as owners of cars of […]

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Question of the Day: Ralph Nader, Angel or Demon? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/question-day-ralph-nader-angel-demon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/question-day-ralph-nader-angel-demon/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:00:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1096817 It’s Monday, so let’s start it off by ignoring the demands of your cruel overseers in The Man’s salt mines and turning to a subject that’s sure to get all automotive enthusiasts riled up: Ralph Nader! First of all, we’re going to add the requirement that you don’t get to talk about the contents of […]

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It’s Monday, so let’s start it off by ignoring the demands of your cruel overseers in The Man’s salt mines and turning to a subject that’s sure to get all automotive enthusiasts riled up: Ralph Nader! First of all, we’re going to add the requirement that you don’t get to talk about the contents of […]

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National Hudson Motor Car Company Museum Opens, Obscures History http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/national-hudson-motor-car-company-museum-opens-obscures-history/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/national-hudson-motor-car-company-museum-opens-obscures-history/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:10:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=917570 This past weekend, the big annual Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti was augmented by the grand opening of the National Hudson Motor Car Museum, also in Ypsilanti. While I’m usually excited about the opening of new car museums, though the region is gaining what appears to be a fine, professionally run museum, the development means that you […]

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This past weekend, the big annual Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti was augmented by the grand opening of the National Hudson Motor Car Museum, also in Ypsilanti. While I’m usually excited about the opening of new car museums, though the region is gaining what appears to be a fine, professionally run museum, the development means that you […]

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Junkyard Find: 1962 Chevrolet Corvair 700 Station Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/junkyard-find-1962-chevrolet-corvair-700-station-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/junkyard-find-1962-chevrolet-corvair-700-station-wagon/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=734457 Other than the many Corvairs in the Brain Melting Colorado Junkyard, we haven’t seen any examples of GM’s rear-engined compact so far in this series. As recently as ten years ago, Corvairs were not uncommon sights in self-serve wrecking yards, and trashed ones are worth little more than scrap value today, but it took until […]

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Other than the many Corvairs in the Brain Melting Colorado Junkyard, we haven’t seen any examples of GM’s rear-engined compact so far in this series. As recently as ten years ago, Corvairs were not uncommon sights in self-serve wrecking yards, and trashed ones are worth little more than scrap value today, but it took until […]

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The Most Influential Corvair Never Built : Giugiaro’s Chevrolet Testudo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/the-most-influential-corvair-never-built-giugiaros-chevrolet-testudo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/the-most-influential-corvair-never-built-giugiaros-chevrolet-testudo/#comments Sat, 09 Nov 2013 13:36:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=405520 Photos: RM Auctions Back in 2011, as part of its reorganization, Italian design house Bertone auctioned off some of its collection of concept cars in conjunction with the Villa d’Este concours that year. Marcello Gandini’s Lamborghini Marzal, with it’s glass gullwing doors, and its $2,170,369.10 USD sale price, got the lion’s share of the attention in […]

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Photos: RM Auctions Back in 2011, as part of its reorganization, Italian design house Bertone auctioned off some of its collection of concept cars in conjunction with the Villa d’Este concours that year. Marcello Gandini’s Lamborghini Marzal, with it’s glass gullwing doors, and its $2,170,369.10 USD sale price, got the lion’s share of the attention in […]

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Into the Gap: Three Cars Enter, Two Cars Leave http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/into-the-gap-three-cars-enter-two-cars-leave/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/into-the-gap-three-cars-enter-two-cars-leave/#comments Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:10:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=501411 The Earth has been made small by air travel. Despite the barriers thrown up by airport security, it is easy to step aboard a jet aircraft and, just hours later, emerge a full 12 time zones away, quite literally on the other side of the planet. Ground travel is nowhere near as fast or efficient. […]

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The Earth has been made small by air travel. Despite the barriers thrown up by airport security, it is easy to step aboard a jet aircraft and, just hours later, emerge a full 12 time zones away, quite literally on the other side of the planet. Ground travel is nowhere near as fast or efficient. […]

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Curbside Classic: 1963 Tempest LeMans- Pontiac Tries To Build A BMW Before BMW Built Theirs And Almost Succeeds http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classic-1963-tempest-lemans-pontiac-tries-to-build-a-bmw-before-bmw-built-theirs-and-almost-succeeds/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classic-1963-tempest-lemans-pontiac-tries-to-build-a-bmw-before-bmw-built-theirs-and-almost-succeeds/#comments Tue, 14 Dec 2010 17:25:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=376863 In the thirties and forties, GM pioneered and brought to market some of the most innovative, successful and lasting new technologies: diesel-electric locomotives, the modern diesel bus, automatic transmissions, refrigeration and air conditioning systems, high compression engines, independent front suspension, and many more. But GM’s technology prowess was just one facet of its endlessly warring […]

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In the thirties and forties, GM pioneered and brought to market some of the most innovative, successful and lasting new technologies: diesel-electric locomotives, the modern diesel bus, automatic transmissions, refrigeration and air conditioning systems, high compression engines, independent front suspension, and many more. But GM’s technology prowess was just one facet of its endlessly warring […]

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Curbside Classic: Ultra Van – Cross An Airplane With A Corvair For The Most Radical RV Ever http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classic-ultra-van-cross-an-airplane-with-a-corvair-for-the-most-radical-rv-ever/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classic-ultra-van-cross-an-airplane-with-a-corvair-for-the-most-radical-rv-ever/#comments Sat, 27 Nov 2010 18:38:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=374511 In 1959, David Peterson, a professional aircraft designer, had a dilemma: he owned a travel trailer and a boat, but couldn’t tow them both at the same time. He dreamed of putting an engine under the floor of the trailer, and towing his boat with it. When the Corvair appeared that year, he decided to […]

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In 1959, David Peterson, a professional aircraft designer, had a dilemma: he owned a travel trailer and a boat, but couldn’t tow them both at the same time. He dreamed of putting an engine under the floor of the trailer, and towing his boat with it. When the Corvair appeared that year, he decided to […]

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Curbside Classic: The Best European Car Ever Made In America: 1965 Corvair Monza http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/curbside-classic-the-best-european-car-ever-made-in-american-car-1965-corvair-monza/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/curbside-classic-the-best-european-car-ever-made-in-american-car-1965-corvair-monza/#comments Thu, 22 Apr 2010 17:26:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=353698 You wake despite the hope that you would never awake, in fear that the wildest night of your life with Corvair was all just a dream…ooops; never mind. But if a car ever inspired one to emote and wax poetically, it was the Corvair, especially the 1965. So I’ll try hard to restrain myself: the […]

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You wake despite the hope that you would never awake, in fear that the wildest night of your life with Corvair was all just a dream…ooops; never mind. But if a car ever inspired one to emote and wax poetically, it was the Corvair, especially the 1965. So I’ll try hard to restrain myself: the […]

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An Illustrated History Of Automotive Aerodynamics – Part 3: Finale http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/an-illustrated-history-of-automotive-aerodynamics-part-3-finale/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/an-illustrated-history-of-automotive-aerodynamics-part-3-finale/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2010 21:25:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=345762 [Note: A significantly expanded and updated version of this article is here] For most of the fifties, sixties and into the early seventies, automotive aerodynamicists were mostly non-existent, or hiding in their wind tunnels. The original promise and enthusiasm of aerodynamics was discarded as just another style fad, and gave way to less functional styling […]

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[Note: A significantly expanded and updated version of this article is here] For most of the fifties, sixties and into the early seventies, automotive aerodynamicists were mostly non-existent, or hiding in their wind tunnels. The original promise and enthusiasm of aerodynamics was discarded as just another style fad, and gave way to less functional styling […]

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