1960 Chevrolet Corvair Sedan

Summary

With its rear-mounted, air-cooled engine, the Corvair was conceived as an American answer to the rear-engined, air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle. Corvairs sold well, although not as well as the more conventional Ford Falcon. But sales slipped after Ralph Nader's book, "Unsafe at Any Speed," raised questions about the Corvair's handling. Production ceased in 1969.

With its rear-mounted, air-cooled engine, the Corvair was conceived as an American answer to the rear-engined, air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle. Corvairs sold well, although not as well as the more conventional Ford Falcon. But sales slipped after Ralph Nader's book, "Unsafe at Any Speed," raised questions about the Corvair's handling. Production ceased in 1969.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1960

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

85.64.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Augustus M. Minton and Catherine L. Minton.

Material

Metal
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)
Cloth

Color

Turquoise (Color)
Gray (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 51.3 in

Width: 66.4 in

Length: 180 in

Wheelbase: 108 in

Weight: 2377 lbs

Inscriptions

On hubcaps: Chevrolet Corvair On rear edge of trunk: Chevrolet In front of front wheels, on sides of body: Corvair

Specifications

Make & Model: 1960 Chevrolet Corvair sedan

Maker: General Motors Corporation, Detroit, Michigan

Engine: horizontally opposed 6, overhead valves, 140 cubic inches

Transmission: 2-speed automatic

Height: 51.5 inches

Wheelbase: 108 inches

Width: 66.5 inches

Overall length: 180 inches

Weight: 2305 pounds

Horsepower: 80 at 4400 revolutions per minute

Pounds per horsepower: 28.8

Price: $2,038

Average 1960 wage: $4,816 per year

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 5 months

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