<VV> Words of Wisdom!!! a little LATE!!! ggg
tonyu at roava.net
Tue Oct 4 12:16:16 EDT 2005
At 09:22 hours 10/03/2005, UltraMonzaWest at aol.com wrote:
>The second-generation 1965-69 Corvair has far more rakish styling than the
>first-generation model, and also has additional power and a
>Chevrolet Corvette-style rear suspension that enables it to handle like a
>sports car. Indeed, the Yenko Stinger race car versions of Corvairs
>developed by an East Coast Chevy dealer regularly beat Corvettes on race
>Dan Jedlicka at
It gets better.
In 1965, Motor Trend road tested the new GM line, including the
Corvair. On a skid pad during cornering tests, the Corvair
cornered harder than the Corvette, generated a bit more cornering
g-force without breaking loose.
Funny how nobody seems to ever talk about that. Are the Vette
freaks embarrassed or something? Or was it GM who wasn't all that
pleased that something else did something better than their
"flagship" car? It's happened more than once, as in when GM was
playing with a Chevette with some suspension mods, some fancy
graphics, and a hotrodded aluminum block V6 that was damned quick, in
fact quicker in the quarter mile than the same year Corvette so GM
killed the "Chevette-SS" project because it outran their flagship car
for ~1/3 the price. This, from an editorial in Hot Rod.
So, I'd not be all that surprised that GM would play down how well
the late Vair actually handled. I've heard some people remark that
the '65-67 Corvairs were arguably the best handling cars you could
buy in the USA at the time and that only the '68-up Corvettes would
actually do better and even then not by a lot.
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