It’s common knowledge that Chevrolet spent a good amount of time working on its first entry into the compact segment with the Corvair. And if this six-minute video touting the vehicle’s reliability and toughness is any indication, the team went above and beyond the basics in developing and testing the rear-engined beast.
To say that engineers beat up several prototypes and testing units may be a severe understatement, as the Corvair was put through its paces on the track, road, mud, a skidpad, and even a stream. They even did their best to roll the Corvair over by locking its wheels… because it wouldn’t roll otherwise.
Ultimately, the video describes the Corvair as having “power, ruggedness, maneuverability, handling, traction, braking — proven again and again.” And this video wouldn’t suggest otherwise: