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59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 CORVAIR PERFORMANCE PORTFOLIO

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1959-69 CORVAIR PERFORMANCE PORTFOLIO

THIS IS A BRAND NEW BOOK WITH 140 PAGES. THIS IS A MUST HAVE BOOK FOR ANY CORVAIR FAN.

THE CORVAIR WAS GENERAL MOTORS' ENTRY IN THE COMPACT SEDAN RACE WHICH STARTED IN 1960, AND IN THE BEGINNING IT LOOKED AS IF IT WOULD STACK UP WELL AGAINST CHRYSLER'S VALIANT AND FORD'S FALCON. WHERE THEY WERE BOTH ULTRA-CONVENTIONAL, ULTRA-CAUTIOUS DESIGNS, THE CHEVY CORVAIR HAD BORROWED A NUMBER OF IDEAS FROM VOLKSWAGEN IN EUROPE AND CAME WITH A REAR-MOUNTED, AIR-COOLED FLAT-SIX ENGINE. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT ENGINE PROVED TO BE ITS UNDOING WHEN IT TURNED OUT HEAVIER THAN ANTICIPATED, AND AFFECTED THE HANDLING. RALPH NADER'S "UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED" TERMINALLY DAMAGED SALES, AND THE LINE WAS ALLOWED TO DIE AT THE END OF THE 1960S. BUT NONE OF THAT PREVENTED THE CORVAIR FROM SPAWNING SOME INTERESTING VARIANTS IN THE MEANTIME.

THE FIRST WAS THE MONZA, WHICH MADE ITS BOW IN THE MIDDLE OF THE 1960 SEASON AS A SPORTY BUCKET-SEAT COUPE. IT HAD NO MORE POWER THAN WAS AVAILABLE ELSEWHERE IN THE CORVAIR LINE, BUT CHEVY RECOGNISED ITS APPEAL AND THROUGH 1962 & 1963 THE CORVAIR MONZA SPYDER MODELS COULD BE HAD WITH HIGH-PERFORMANCE EDITIONS OF THE AIR-COOLED FLAT-SIX. FOR 1964 A L0NG-STROKE MOTOR GAVE BETTER PERFORMANCE IN THE INTERMEDIATES, AND FOR 1965 POWER PEAKED AT 180BHP IN A NEW SPORTY MODEL CALLED THE CORSA.

UNFORTUNATELY, SALES HAD PEAKED BY THIS STAGE, TOO. GM INSTRUCTED CHEVY NOT TO DEVELOP THE CORVAIR ANY FURTHER, AND POWER STARTED DROPPING AFTER 1967 UNTIL THE BEST AVAILABLE WAS A 110 BHP MOTOR. IT DIDN'T SELL STRONGLY AND THE CORVAIR DIED BEFORE THE DECADE WAS OUT. YET THE CORVAIR CONTINUED TO HAVE AN APPEAL FOR ENTHUSIASTS, AND THE ARTICLES REPRODUCED IN THIS BOOK ARE A REMINDER OF WHY THE CORVAIR HAS ENDURED, AND WHY IT HAS OUTLIVED THE TERRIBLE REPUTATION IT ACQUIRED IN THE MID-1960S.

THIS BOOK HELPS BRING BACK THE HISTORY & THE MEMORIES FROM THAT ERA & IS A MUST HAVE BOOK FOR ALL CORVAIR FANS.

THIS BOOK CONTAINS FORMER MAGAZINE ARTICLES FROM THE RESPECTIVE MODEL YEAR FROM 1959 THRU 1969 COVERING ROAD TESTS, PERFORMANCE AND TECH DATA, NEW MODEL INTRODUCTIONS, HANDLING TESTS, & DRIVING IMPRESSIONS. THERE ARE ROAD TESTS/ARTICLES THAT COVER MOST MODEL YEARS WHICH PROBABLY INCLUDE YOUR FAVORITE.YEAR. INCLUDED ARE ROAD TESTS ON THE 1960 CORVAIR MONZA, 1962 CORVAIR MONZA SPYDER, 1962 TURBOCHARGER MONZA SPYDER, 1963 CORVAIR MONZA GT, 1964 CORVAIR MONZA 4-SPEED CONVERTIBLE, AND THE 1965 CORVAIR CORSA CONVERTIBLE. THERE ARE 40 ARTICLES IN THIS CORVAIR PORTFOLIO.

BOOK MEASURES 8" X 10 1/2" WITH MORE THAN 200 PHOTOS & ILLUSTRATIONS .

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