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torturing Nader's own Corvair in HD

Waoo , the filming is a work of art.
Hagerty has some serious vids regarding the US cars industry .

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There were a number of horror stories having to do with head on Corvair crashes and the car instantly becoming engulfed in burning gasoline.
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Almost as bad as that sardine can Renault used to put out. American troops were forbidden to own or drive one.
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Nader's position on the Corvair was almost entirely BS.

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Nader's position on the Corvair was almost entirely BS.

https://www.corvaircorsa.com/handling01.html
... Hagerty will gladly insure your classic Corvair for a more than fair annual stipend.
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Corvair was a decent car. Its first year did have an independent suspension set-up which proved to be not well thought out. Come to think of it, US Army Jeeps of the mid-1960s-'70s (M151) had a similar suspension, with similar results, if I recall correctly. Anyways, GM corrected the suspension flaws, and the car drove very well after that. For any who've ever driven a Porsche 356 or early model 911 -- or a VW Beetle -- the Corvair's handling was alright: it was the drivers who were deficient.

That and Ralph Nader's integrity.
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... Hagerty will gladly insure your classic Corvair for a more than fair annual stipend.
Not 'til they fix that idiotic fanbelt. We had one of these for Driver's Ed in high school. POS!
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. For any who've ever driven a Porsche 356 or early model 911 -- or a VW Beetle -- the Corvair's handling was alright: it was the drivers who were deficient.
Unfortunately cars need to be designed on the basis that many (a majority?) of drivers will be deficient. The Beetle would never pass today's safety standards, It only achieved mass production for the post war civilian market because the British Occupation forces wanted to get car production rolling again to give employment to German workers and it was cheap to produce and after you've just been through a world war peace time safety standards may be a bit lax.
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