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October 2004 Issue
 
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The Corvair Legend
By Robert McLellan
 
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With the U.S. Presidential election drawing near, and Ralph Nader with less than 1% of the popular polling vote, the odds are that few of the people voting for him are Corvair collectors. For those who do not remember, Nader wrote "Unsafe at Any Speed", the book that ushered in a new era of zealous government regulation. His first shot was at Corvair and he crippled it unfairly, but effectively.

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The 1960 Corvair was rather revolutionary for an American car and, admittedly, Chevrolet intended to build a better Volkswagen Beetle. Going head-to-head with Ford's Falcon and Plymouth's Valiant, it lost in overall sales, but it did prove that GM could make an interesting and fun car. And they were as safe as their competitors.

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More collectible than other "compact" cars of that period, so is the literature. Although Corvair was included in the full line Chevrolet brochures and press kits, there is an extensive collection of exclusive Corvair brochures. Also, don't forget that Corvair made a truck, too!

Below is a selection of Corvair literature which is available from McLellan's Automotive History. See our Chevrolet section at: www.mclellansautomotive.com/lit/bymake/chevrolet/ to find every brochure that includes the Corvair model.

 
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1960 - B12244

1960 - B5556

1960 - B24552
     

1961 - B7036

1961 - B20039

1962 - B11088
 
 
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1962 - B8301

1963 - B5578

1963 - B20046
     

1964 - B9553

1965 - B12261

1965 - B20074
 
 
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1965 - 20075

1965 - B20076

1966 - B12263
     

1966 - 17280

1967 - 8275

1968 - B5580
 
 
 
The Automotive Chronicles, October 2004
 
 
 
 
 
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