1964 Chevrolet Corvair Series

The engine of the Corvair was made completely of aluminum making it very light weight and durable. Road and Track hailed the car as a very well designed car but another man, Ralph Nader, disagreed. He published 'Unsafe At Any Speed' which highlighted many safety concerns and lack of standards in the United States. He attacked all US cars but primarily focused on the Corvairs claiming that the rear wheels 'tucked under' on turns resulting in a vehicle roll. For 1964 these issues were addressed but Nader still championed the idea that the Corvair was still the '....leading candidate for the unsafest car title.'

The courts got involved and disagreed with Nader. General Motors responded to Naders accusations by searching Naders past for any discrediting information. Nadars record was clean and GM looked very guilty. As a result sales of the Corvair dropped from 220,000 in 1965 to 14,800 in 1968. A year later the decision was made to cancel production of the Corvair.

The Monza convertible option was the sportiest of all the four original Corvair models. In 1964 it carried a $2,492 factory price which included a 164 cubic-inch engine capable of producing 110 horsepower.


by Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2006

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magazine named it one of The 50 Worst Cars of All Time. Ralph Nader highlighted its design flaws in his influential book Unsafe at Any Speed. Yet the Chevrolet Corvair, which faced more negative press during its lifespan than any other car of the era, continues to have a loyal following of true enthusiasts. Different from any American cars before or since, the unique Corvair has become most....
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The Corvair came on the scene in 1959 and featured a flat-six engine mounted in mid-ship. Even with putting the engine in the middle of the vehicle, the weight distribution was not evenly distributed. The engine sat behind the rear axle and this actually caused handling problems. The vehicles main competition was the VW Bug and the Porsche 911. It was originally built to compete with the Bug, but....
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1964 Vehicle Profiles

1964 Chevrolet Corvair Series vehicle information

700 Series DeLuxe Sedan

Initially marketed as an economy sedan, the Corvair fit into a new compact class of American cars such as the Ford Falcon and Plymouth Valiant. But this new small Chevrolet took a radically different engineering approach. It employed an air-cooled ....[continue reading]

1964 Chevrolet Corvair Series vehicle information

500 Series Club Coupe

Styling changed little through 1964 for the Corvair - Chevrolet's entry level vehicle in the compact car market during the early 1960s. A restyled Corvair appeared for 1965. Ford's V-8 powered Mustang along with Ralph Nader's criticism of the Corva....[continue reading]

1964 Chevrolet Corvair Series vehicle information

500 Series Club Coupe

The name 'Corvair' is a portmanteau of Corvette and Bel Air. The Corvair was a ground-breaking small car in its day as the only American-designed, mass-produced passenger car to use a rear-mounted air-cooled engine - and its 7 different....[continue reading]

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1964 Corvair Series
$2,800-$17,800
1964 Chevrolet Corvair Series Price Range: $2,020 - $2,800

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Chevrolet
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)2,092,947
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)2,139,290
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)2,206,639
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)2,206,639
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)2,375,118
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)2,318,619
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)2,237,201
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)2,061,677
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)1,318,014
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)1,653,168
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)1,462,140

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