The Chevy Corvair was the only mass produced American air cooled rear engine vehicle. The significance of having a rear engine vehicle was that it provided better traction, fuel economy, braking, and overall stability. Although the vehicle was only made for 10 years, it was known to be revolutionary for its time.
This compact sized vehicle was developed to go up against the similar rear engine Volkswagen Beetle. This vehicle was very lightweight, with an aluminum engine, independent suspension on all 4 wheels, and uni-body type frame. It has been said that this vehicle had problems with handling and could be prone to causing accidents. In speaking with many Corvair owners, they would disagree with that theory.
At the 20th Anniversary at the Tri County Cruisers Car Show in Wayne, New Jersey, this 1968 Chevy Corvair was in mint condition. Any Corvair collector would have been in awe to see this vehicle. It looked like it had come right off the showroom floor. Both my father and I could not find a single flaw. From the clean engine all the way to the inspection sticker, there was nothing left behind.