There is plenty to like about the 1963 Chevrolet Corvair. Its styling is crisp and clean with a sporting flair that was not seen on other American compact cars. The forward slanting nose with its four small headlights and absence of a grille looked distinctive and fresh. The car's lines were taut and athletic, which was a welcome step away from the American excess of a few years before.
It is a shame that the Corvair had dire design flaws that ultimately led to the car's end and what it is most famous for is being a car that was in Ralph Nader's book...Unsafe at Any Speed. This car represented Chevy's willingness to take risks and showed that they could step out of the box and create something distinctive while taking on a new class of cars, the compact. In the end Corvair became the car world's most successful failure.
This 1963 Chevrolet Corvair was on display at the 2016 Motor Muster at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
Copyright 2016 Susan Rissi Tregoning
June 23rd, 2016
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