Although it’s best-known for the royal grilling it received in Ralph Nader’s book Unsafe At Any Speed, the Chevrolet Corvair still retains a rabid fanbase that will defend the sports car to the last. Now, we’ve uncovered a trio of classic Corvair songs that are sure to hit the nostalgia feels of any Corvair devotee out there.
The Chevrolet Corvair was an oddity for General Motors, boasting a rear-mounted, air-cooled flat-six engine. Produced for just two generations between 1959 and 1969, the Corvair was billed as a sporty, lightweight compact with a futuristic and novel engineering approach. Indeed, the Corvair saw massive popularity in its earlier years, with nearly 340,000 units produced between 1961 and 1962. Throughout its lifespan, body styles included a coupe, convertible, a van, and a station wagon as well.
Interestingly, Chevrolet even produced a number of songs to help market the vehicle. The first featured here is an introductory song for the all-new 1965 model, which, according to the YouTube video description, is from a 1964 record that also includes the song Chevy Steals the Heart Away from 1958.
Our second song is a little weirder. It’s called the Mr. Ed Corvair Song, and it is an adaptation of the Mr. Ed television show theme song. For those younger readers out there, Mr. Ed was a popular TV show about a talking horse that aired in the ‘60s, and this adaptation uses the show’s theme song as a basis to promote the Chevrolet Corvair, while also referencing Ed Cole, an executive at General Motors who helped to direct development of the then-new Corvair.
Our final video is hosted by a hardcore fan, who shares his Chevrolet Corvair memorabilia, including the 1959 Corvair introductory song, which was apparently played at showrooms during the car’s introduction.
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