- This car was produced on the last day of production.
- Industry critic Ralph Nadar raised concerns about Corvair in his book, Unsafe at Any Speed.
- Some claims were valid; however, when resolved, Corvair’s reputation was beyond repair.
In the history of the automobile industry, many worthy models suffered undeserved and premature “deaths.” Popular when first produced in 1960 (316,000-unit peak production year in 1961), Corvair production ended before the decade was over. Sales of only 6,000 cars in 1969 was anything but profitable, but this dismal showing really surprised no one.
The Corvair had not been selling well since 1965 when industry critic, Ralph Nader, raised concerns about Corvair safety in his famous book Unsafe at Any Speed. Though some of Nader’s charges about the early Corvairs had merit, Corvairs were innovative, appealing, spirited and highly-styled economy cars, but all this was not enough to assure success against a tainted reputation. This Chevrolet Corvair was produced on May 14, 1969, the last day of Corvair production.