Chevrolet Corvair

The Chevrolet Corvair is manufactured from 1960–1969 in two generations. The unique compact design, independent suspension and the only American rear and air-cooled aluminum boxer engine mounted in the rear makes the Corvair a special car.

All of these items were new to the market in 1960 when the Corvair was showed to the public.

First Generation - Early Models 1960-1964

The first generation of the Corvair had a wide range of models, but they all had the flat six boxer engine.

 

1960 it was a 2.3 liter engine.

1961-64 it was a 2.4 liter engine.

1964 it was a 2.7 liter engine.


All engines were combined with a 2 speed power glide or a manual 3 or 4 speed.

The body was made by Fisher. With the first years of a production of 250,007 in 1960,

329.632 models were sold in 1961,

328.500 models were sold in 1962,

284.680 models were sold in 1963 and

207.114 models were sold in 1964

it was a big hit in the automotive market. The most popular Corvair was the Monza Coupe with sales numbers of 491.593 total in the first 4 years.

The wide range of the Chevrolet Corvair consisted of the following models:

Two-door convertible

Two-door coupe

Four-door sedan

Four-door station wagon

Six-door van

Eight-door van

Two-door pickup truck

Second Generation - Late Models 1965-1969

The second generation Corvair starts from 1965. A complete new design, new suspension and the improved 2.7 liter 6 flat engine with the same transmission as the first generation Corvairs.
The wide range was reduced, and sales got bad after the "Unsafe At Any Speed" book by Ralph Nader in which the overall safety of cars was discussed, with the Corvair as example car.

The body was also made by Fisher.

Sales went well but crashed after 1965.
247.092 models were sold in 1965,

109.880 models were sold in 1966,

27.253 models were sold in 1967,

15.399 models were sold in 1968

and the final year of 1969 they produced and sold only 6.000 Corvairs.
The total sales was 1.835.170, that is not a bad number in 9 years of production!

The wide range of the Chevrolet Corvair consisted of the following models:

2-door convertible

2-door hardtop

4-door hardtop (1965–67)

6-door van (1965)

4-door convertible

All other models were discontinued.

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