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Turbocharged Corvairs Are Highly Underrated

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The Corvair Turbo is a thing of beauty. 164 cubic-inches of pancake-engine glory spitting out 150-hp in one of the first regular production turbocharged cars in America. This one's clean enough you could eat off the turbo housing.

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Why don't cars have graphics like that anymore? We're fairly certain anything feels faster when the word "Turbocharged" features a comet-streak font.

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How does the turbo not get so hot it melts that tire? My last turbo (85' Volvo) was cast iron and after a while that fucker got cherry red from heat.

True story: it had a mediocre oil leak so I pilled into an Arco to top it off mid-trip and spilled a little oil (no funnel and the jug she goes "glug") and whoosh fireball. Ran into the Arco to use their fire extinguisher, the thing was dead out of pressure, so I ran back in grabbed a coffee pot and ran back out and doused the fire.