<VV> Words of Wisdom!!! a little LATE!!! ggg

Tony Underwood 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
>the SunTimes

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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