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Posted By: John Kuvakas Moderator
Posted On: Tuesday March 24, 2020 at 10:37 AM
They were great cars, several cuts above the Beetle.
Their primary problem was drivers ignorant of the handling dynamics of a rear-engined car. Any lifting or braking in a corner could easily bring the rear end around. You had to keep the power on and modulate with the throttle, somewhat similar to a mid-engined car. For what it was, the Corvair was a magnificent handler, better than a Beetle and, in its time, better than a Porsche. The second generation was a great driver's car.

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Per our discussion on Corvairs yesterday, here are Rick Thompson's by John Kuvakas #47411Moderator
Loved those cars then. Still do. Can't help wondering if they would have eventually competed with by Frank Kocour #47411.1
They were great cars, several cuts above the Beetle. by John Kuvakas #47411.1.1Moderator
I agree totally. Like when front wheel drive was introduced, there by Jack Dodds #47411.1.1.1
In an inexpereinced driver's hands... by John Kuvakas #47411.
So true and so very often seen. I attended so many needless by Jack Dodds #47411.
John Roberts made a replica of the maroon convertible for me, using the by Rick Thompson #47411.2
Thanks John for sharing the pictures of Rick's super cars. by Bob Jackman #47411.2.1
don't let old Ralphy hear you ! (EOM) by Joop Gisbers #47411.3
Ralphy ??.you mean Joe...Joe who ??.. Joe Mama (EOM) by Rand Anderson #47411.3.1
Mr. Ralph "Unsafe at any speed" Nader.... (EOM) by Joop Gisbers #47411.3.1.1
Rear engine vs mid engine by Rand Anderson #47411.4
I rather liked the Corvair. I've never seen one in the flesh, though let alone by Bruce Gibbins #47411.5

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