Or what to do with a couple of unwanted 1959 Chevys.
If I remember correctly, the Ralph Nader’s attack on the safety of the Corvair was the first successful assault on the auto industry. In his book Unsafe at Any Speed Nader mentions a video by General Motors depicting a Corvair which had obviously been modified (could this be the video?), since his tests clearly shows the Corvair to be unsafe. There was an illustration in his book showing the swing axle in an unreal angle proving that the rear suspension design was poor. Could it be that GM’s video is real and the government’s car was sabotaged for political reasons? It’s a good thing the government stepped in to save us all from unsafe cars and the abuses of the auto industry.
I remember a full page ad that appeared in the newspaper after the Corvair was announced in 1960. It was printed upside down. The headline read that the rear-engined Corvair was just as easy to steer as turning this newspaper. In 1967 I really wanted to buy a black on black ’66 140-HP Corsa. But dad wouldn’t approve. No doubt the car’s tarnished reputation contributed to his decision. I ended up with a new, although minimal, V8 Camaro. That wasn’t too bad.
This 06:25 video is pretty interesting. It shows the Corvair in a variety of circumstances including some off-roading and high water. Source: Archive.org.