Nader's Real Nightmare- The Corvair Funny Car
Tue, 21 Jan 2020, 08:18 AM ~ By Steve Reyes
In 1960, the Chevrolet folks released their newest compact car to compete with the VW Beetle and an onslaught of Japanese compacts; this compact car was the Corvair. This mid-engine stovebolt was to be the USA`s warrior against the foreign invasion of small cars. Well, Motor Trend Magazine made the Corvair it`s car of the year in 1960. The first generation of the Corvair (1960-1964) had great success with the public. However, the second generation starting in 1965 stumbled badly in its first year. This was because political and consumer activist Ralph Nader`s book Unsafe at Any Speed came out. The author aimed his book at the U.S. car companies but singled out the Corvair as the un-safest car on the road. Because of Nader`s book, the Corvair suffered a fifty percent drop in sales for 1966.