Three liters, 380 horsepower, and a 9000 rpm redline. Those are the specs for this Corvair flat six. Now listen to how it sounds.
Michael Plushnik used to work at a carwash, saw a Cadillac with "gangsta white walls", so he ended up building a rare Corvair Lakewood airbrushed and slammed to the ground. Being a wagon, it also remained a practical family hauler, sort of.
For an American car, the Corvair was delightfully strange. Any Corvair variant will inherently be strange, too, but I think it's hard to beat a Corvair-based vehicle named after a bird with lots of overdone chrome ornamentation, focused on safety, and built by a company best known for tiny, child-sized cars you start…
I know it's wrong to want to punch a 79 year-old man, but after spending an afternoon with this Corvair, I kind of want to take a swing at Ralph Nader. I know he's not the only reason why Corvairs never really caught on, but that doesn't make it any less of a shame. Because this little red bathtub is a gem.
Welcome to Found Around The District, where we highlight fascinating cars we find around a city where people are too busy fighting through traffic and hunting for parking to drive anything interesting: Washington, D.C.
We remain hopeless Ate Up With Motor junkies, and AUWM pusherman Aaron Severson has just provided us with more un-stepped-on automotive history for our mainlining pleasure.
It's the law: when the Corvair's name comes up, this book's name comes up. Most of you no doubt have very strong feelings about Ralph Nader, but how many of you have actually read his book?
I've been somewhat reluctant to post photos of this car, because I know that doing so will trigger a bunch of incoherent emails from Corvair freaks demanding that I sell them parts from "my" car.
Last week, reader Curtis sent in an intriguing tip: a self-service wrecking yard in my area had a "kit car that looks kinda like a GT40 powered by what looks to be a Porsche engine."
Is a vintage convertible with a rear-mounted flat six on your to-do list? Well, Nice Price or Crack Pipe says to put away your lederhosen, because this one's not a Porsche.
Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Hooray, another Alameda Corvair!
When we think of NASCAR in the early 60s, we think of big cars. Impalas. Furies. Galaxies. But for two glorious years, Detroit's new compacts took to the tracks in NASCAR-sanctioned events.
They're well into Day Two of racing at the 24 Hours Of LeMons New England, and there's no letup in the drama!
We're just starting to get updates from the action at Stafford Motor Speedway now. Apparently the inspections went smoothly, but cars started to disintegrate as soon as they touched the track.
Long before anyone thought to drop a Cadillac 4.9 V8 in a Fiero, crazed engine swappers were finding ways to shorten their life expectancy with V8-powered Corvairs.
Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. This Greenbrier created quite a stir when it appeared on the island.