Unsafe At Any Speed? 1966 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa - Jay Leno's Garage

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Jay takes a close look at the Corvair and dispels some of the myths related to its creation and demise.
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Unsafe At Any Speed? 1966 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa - Jay Leno's Garage
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C. Smith
C. Smith 13 саат мурун
I remember Corvairs well. We took a Corvair van to Yosemite when I was in high school. I loved the lines of the Corsa and I remember the turbo charged flat six which was a Porsche killer in its time. Another great Leno's Garage. Thanks Jay.
Robert Fisch
Robert Fisch 14 саат мурун
Im not sure youve heard this before, but the story i heard from friends in the EAA. Said the corvair engine was originally designed for the military as a bid to build Helicopter engines. GM lost the bid against Bell helicopter. Then the enginneers decided to complete with VW so as not to waste the effort to date.
Nils Berger
Nils Berger 14 саат мурун
I wonder if there might there ever a chance to get Jay Leno to drive a Fiat 2300 Coupe. Afaik only available in Europe once, it looks like a night at the riviera in the early 60s. - There is a bw-movie with coming-of-age-story with Jean-Louis Trintingnant, and a final Riviera tour in a Fiat 2300 Coupe. The movie (also with Vittorio Gassman) is called #ilsorpasso. it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_sorpasso#/media/File:Sorpasso03.jpg
Bowdoin
Bowdoin 19 саат мурун
This was the beginning of liberal retardation
CAPTMAHI
CAPTMAHI Күн мурун
God I love those lines. What a great shape.
David Judd
David Judd Күн мурун
John Delorean always wanted engineers at the top. He butted heads with GM brass over that very issue. He lost out on that fight, and left GM. Hence, the failed Delorean was born.
Carlos Ribeiro
Carlos Ribeiro Күн мурун
extraordinary 😜
allan Shuben
allan Shuben 2 күн мурун
Love it and just gorgeous looking in red. I think I like the mid 60s better. Wonderful room in the engine bay
Ron Christenson
Ron Christenson 2 күн мурун
My wife's favorite memory of her family's Corvair was being small enough to ride on the rear deck near the engine during the cold Minnesota winters - the warmest spot.
Joseph DuPont
Joseph DuPont 2 күн мурун
I had the 4 barrel carb on mine.. yes I lost one belt.
Joseph DuPont
Joseph DuPont 2 күн мурун
what kind of mpg do you get...
Terrence Johnson
Terrence Johnson 2 күн мурун
My parents Corvair came close to killing me, a rock on a rope.
exracer 27
exracer 27 3 күн мурун
I always wanted one with the Crown conversion. A small block Chevy V8 in the back seat area,. Crown manufactured a do-it-yourself kit that worked pretty well.
John sarab
John sarab 3 күн мурун
Available parts - got a carb, distributor, plugs, wires, fuel pump, etc. for $150 for my 69 pickup (easy to self install). A 2021 truck would round over $1000.
Keith Otis Edwards
Keith Otis Edwards 3 күн мурун
The only problem (or the _worst_ problem) with that engine is that the oil seals in the turbocharger couldn’t handle the exhaust heat, so they fell apart, and it began burning oil like a two-cycle.
Captsaison
Captsaison 3 күн мурун
When I was a little boy I remember much bad PR concerning the corvair and the Ford pinto. Some safety "expert" named George Nader or some such was bashing the corvair. Also, my only uncle, who was a pretty level-headed guy most of the time, went and bought a new pinto. People were saying they would explode and burn if rearended. Vaguely remember some bumper stickers on pintos stating "Don't hit me or I will explode." My uncle's timing chain broke after a few weeks and his motor got trashed so he got rid of it. So pintos and corvairs were both discontinued in short order.
WAVETUBE84
WAVETUBE84 3 күн мурун
I remember those big steering wheels!
mark delio
mark delio 3 күн мурун
Jay smiles everytime the turbo kicks in
Seatec Astronomy
Seatec Astronomy 3 күн мурун
"1966 Corvair is the most European looking American car." Ok Jay, now do your 1953 Studebaker Starliner Hardtop. I know you have at least one... And they don't have that hideous wannabe Camaro dash (which was nothing to want to be in the first place).
John Breaux
John Breaux 3 күн мурун
This was a great car for America. Reminds me of older VW Karmin Ghia as well as some Skoda of the same era. Did those cars influence the Corvair rear engine design?
Ethan Smith
Ethan Smith 3 күн мурун
Theres a special place in hell for Ralph Nader and shitheads like him.
Byron Greene
Byron Greene 3 күн мурун
In 1961 my brother had a 53 chev and had a bone for the corvair. We drove to a Portland Oregon dealership to pick it up....a siver Monza with red interior. On the way home it burnt a valve. Instead of taking it in for a warranty repair my brother and dad fixed it themselves....dad had a repair shop. They got a education on that flat six. My brother went into the air force a year later and the car was sold to a used car lot. One of my dads best customers bought it dad often had the car back in the shop for repairs....he did not like working on Corvairs.
Alan Gross
Alan Gross 4 күн мурун
One of Chevrolet's nicer looking cars, especially for 1966.
RJ
RJ 4 күн мурун
Great looking car!
B V
B V 4 күн мурун
in 1969 US put a man on the moon, and still (in 2021) havent made a decent car (except 57 Corvette)
Robert Papps
Robert Papps 4 күн мурун
Pretty car!
jack mac
jack mac 4 күн мурун
My Dad bought a red Corvair similar to this one in the late 1960s. I got to drive it when I was home from college in the early 1970s.... loved the stick and comfortable seats!
Justin Irace
Justin Irace 5 күн мурун
Great car. Thanks for sharing Jay.
Swinde
Swinde 5 күн мурун
I drove a 1964 Corvair Mazda 110 HP. Auto transmission and loved it. I put 120,000 miles on it and took it coast to coast. FL to CA.
artmanjohn2
artmanjohn2 5 күн мурун
Pretty car! I use to have a 1963 red Corvair convertible, if you really got on it sometimes it would throw the cooling belt that's on top the engine! You just had to be mindful to this happening sometimes. Was your car here the same as the Spider?
Fred Flintstone
Fred Flintstone 5 күн мурун
If anyone ever asks you to drive of these, they are trying to assassinate you. Run away!
inkey2
inkey2 6 күн мурун
when I was a kid in that era I heard "many times" about Corvair fan belts coming off the pullies if you accelerated too fast.
PURGE EARTH
PURGE EARTH 6 күн мурун
Fuccing shame he wears the exact same drab crap. Ruins everything
Thomas Chase
Thomas Chase 6 күн мурун
I loved the 6 cylinder in an 85 GTV6 and now a V8 just sounds an extravagant waste of fuel and replacement parts. With technology what it is engines run smoothly enough and what with EVs and other vehicles it’s enough for the internal combustion engine to survive without expensive nonsense, but that’s just my opinion. Thanks for sharing your hobby.
Juan Francisco Mancini Mancini
Juan Francisco Mancini Mancini 6 күн мурун
Hi Jay.My father had a 1960 Demo. from GM for six months in Haiti. Bought one 1965 in South Africa.What a beautiful car. So many cars copied the style,Fiat 1500, Hillman IMP, NSU,VW Karman guia etc.etc.Not many left in South Africa,engines have being used for beach buggies. 1960's compact cars era. Ford Falcon, Valiant, Buick,Ramblers, Chev. Corvair etc.etc. Greetings from South Africa. Franco Mancini.
tnoutside
tnoutside 7 күн мурун
I would have really enjoyed seeing under the car up on the rack. I would like to see the engine, transmission, exhaust setup and how the whole unit comes out. I would have liked to have seen the suspension as well. And for that matter, the unibody. So essentially, I would have liked to have seen under the car. Great show though. And great car.
David Berger
David Berger 7 күн мурун
I've driven multiple classics including Rolls-Royces and Bentleys, but my Corvair for some reason would bring tears to individuals' eyes because of the memories it brought back. No other classic has ever done that for me. I miss it!
Robert D. BOUSKILL
Robert D. BOUSKILL 7 күн мурун
This car got cheated. If you put a steel cable that would limit the downward travel of the rear suspension so it wouldn't "tuck under" the car would be fine.
C G
C G 7 күн мурун
Just found my new favorite KGglobal channel... Thank's Jay. If any of you are interested in old nostalgic movies, be sure to check out Terry Talks Movies...He too does a great job. Best to you all.
artemusprine
artemusprine 8 күн мурун
I love the way describes it. Love that he loves it. This might be in the top three cars I've always wanted.
Stephen Williams
Stephen Williams 8 күн мурун
Had three. Got drafted. Parents Didnt waste any time to... shuck....all them out. ...Away ...be fore I came back. Home. part#2 I had a damper kit. That made the steering a little stiffer. And heaver spring set . To stiffen all around.
Biggus Doggus
Biggus Doggus 8 күн мурун
Never was a Corvair type guy, but maybe Jay is right and I have dismissed what is decent car. Your good at changing attitudes Jay.
Chuck Leber
Chuck Leber 8 күн мурун
sounds like an old 911
White Dragon
White Dragon 8 күн мурун
Must be so cool to buy any car you want and then drive it.
Mark Coleman
Mark Coleman 8 күн мурун
Where's your reverse lenses for not on your car you have all same color lenses on there where is the reverse lenses
Dan Brewster
Dan Brewster 9 күн мурун
How did the transmission work being that The engine was right above the drive axles? Was it set up anything like the front wheel drives of today That have the engine right above the drive axles? And Also how did it stay cool with no radiator so well??
flysafer01
flysafer01 9 күн мурун
My Dad bought one before we were stationed in England. The choice was a Falcon or Corvair. Corvair won and we drove it all over England and Scotland. Got hit head-on by a Peugeot sliding around a rain soaked corner. The Peugeot's right front fender was smashed into the tire and therefore not drivable. Our Corvair had a small - I mean small dent - in the right front fender. And we looked it over , talked to the driver and left. A great car!
sounddoctorin
sounddoctorin 9 күн мурун
my aunt had usc document the exhaust leak in her '62 I seem to recall
Mr_Wizard
Mr_Wizard 9 күн мурун
Jay thanks for this.. I graduated from high school in 1966, a friend of mine took a job in sales at the local Chevrolet dealer, he loved the Corvair, and only $2500 for the turbocharged Corsica ! Great DEAL ! , I paid $2200 at the Ford dealer for my 1968 Mustang 289 Cu inch, when the 69s came out, No turbo, No A/C, I had 2 brothers, and all 3 of us bought Mustangs, there were (2) 68 and (1) 69 Mach 1, Mom used to joke she was going to name the house the OK Coral and buy a Maverick
B V
B V 9 күн мурун
Jay, I agree!
T25S40
T25S40 9 күн мурун
I've always loved that mid - late '60s GM styling with the curvy Coke bottle body, that quasi-bubble top roof line, those thin pillars, and just the right angle and curve on the front and rear glass. They looked so light and airy. Gen 2 Corvairs are a great example of peak GM body styling.
Charles James
Charles James 10 күн мурун
I popped the fan belt just as I was headed home for Christmas from EIU in Charleston in 1970. No spare belt. BUT - it was about 10degrees below zero outside. So I gave it a shot. It never overheated and I kept it another 5 years. GM never developed the motor after 1965 and it could have done alot better with some more engineering work. And yes, the visibility out the windows is fantastic. That's something I liked about my '93 Probe GT. I keep backing into stuff in my Focus ST.
Mike Petersen
Mike Petersen 10 күн мурун
I have a 64 spyder convertible , bought it after owning a moza I bought cheap some 50 yrs ago while in the army and having a ball with it, they handle great and with the turbo amazing power curve, his third gear comment is spot on , Bought mine 3 years ago as a driver not show car although it presents well just a blast to drive, I love hearing my wife's teeth grinding as I accelerate all the way through the cloverleaf getting on to any interstate...lol
Johnny G
Johnny G 10 күн мурун
My dad had one. Not the turbo version though.
Terry Forbes
Terry Forbes 10 күн мурун
I was 16 in 1964. I was offered a 1963 Corvare Monza. A family friend wanted nothing to do with it when he encountered rear wheel hop at 75 mph. I added some bolt on suspension parts and converted the twin carbs to a 4- Barrel. Fantastic driver and surprisingly competitive. Terry&ThePirates South Florida
Bryan St.Martin
Bryan St.Martin 10 күн мурун
So imagine the little boxer with 4 valves and digital induction and timing. Did I forget the roller cam? Yeah, it would have out handled the Mustang with just 250 HP, since it was lower, lighter, better weight bias, and had a lot more potential. It may have challenged the Vette, and the real potential for dismissal. Lord knows there has been everything shoved up it's rear. Aluminum 427 with ZF transaxle, more available Olds Toronado or Caddy FWD shoved in there, among others. But they were light, agile and predictable. I never wrecked any of ours. Just seemed a shame that the American VW/Porsche to be slipped away with a whimper.
Mike Skidmore
Mike Skidmore 10 күн мурун
Don't put over 20 PSI in the front tires ....
Mike Skidmore
Mike Skidmore 10 күн мурун
A 6 cylinder boxer engine ... does not need any blance weights .. super smooth
Mike Skidmore
Mike Skidmore 10 күн мурун
Corvair was a very cool car very durable .. It should have been my first car.. should have bought one from my Cousin.. I ended up with a 1970 Chevy Impala instead..
Mike Skidmore
Mike Skidmore 10 күн мурун
My Father had a pile of Corvair engines he always wnated to build and air boat and he never did .. He gave all of the Motors away one day ..
The Federal Farmer
The Federal Farmer 10 күн мурун
Needs blue jewels in the tail lights.
Martin Sander
Martin Sander 10 күн мурун
Thank you Jay. I'm 53, and I grew up working on every model of Corvallis there was with my dad. He was passionate about these cars, and righly so. His last one, a 66 Corsa convertible. Unfortunately he had to sell it before he passed for financial reasons. Broke both our hearts. What a beautiful Corsa you have. Thanks for the trip down memory road for me. We would be in the shop until 3 a.m. sometimes building these historic cars. I can sometimes still smell solvent.
Alex Cheetah
Alex Cheetah 10 күн мурун
I feel like there is no love for these cars because it's not a "muscle car" and Ralph Nadar. I wish GM would bring it back.
Rick
Rick 11 күн мурун
Ralph Nader put out the book, calling the Corvair "Unsafe at any speed." Because his daughter was killed in an accident in one. The book was a total hit job. The National Highway Safety reviewed the record of the Corvair a few years ago and concluded it was one of the safest small cars ever made. But Nader's hate book had already killed the Corvair. GM should have sued Ralph Nader.
tiwallaceb
tiwallaceb 11 күн мурун
My first car was the 1966 110 hp dual carb. I paid $200 for it in 1980.
SKYKOP
SKYKOP 11 күн мурун
My father got a new Corvair company car every year they were built to drive from the company he worked for in Kansas City, Mo. I remember riding in them to go watch a Kansas City Athletics baseball game. I was 14 in 1966 when he got a Corsa Turbo model. I loved that car. The sound of the exhaust and the feel of the turbo. It was the only turbo model the company gave him to drive. It was white with a blue interior. I got driving lessons from dad in that car. Driving lessons in the company car. Unbelieveable. I was 15 when he gave it back and picked up his new 67 Corvair, non turbo. What I wouldn't give to have that car today. Mr. Leno you made my year with this video. Thank you sir.
Nevada Dance Academy
Nevada Dance Academy 11 күн мурун
The second generation was a big step forward stylewise. My uncle sold Chevy's so enjoyed checking them out on the showroom floor. Never got a ride in the Turbo. Later in high school my buddy got a 66 with a 327 in the back seat. That car was a sleeping monster! Fun to watch the look on a Mustang, or Challenger's drivers face when it revved up at the stoplight. For some reason needed the tires replaced often? I now have C3 Corvette and a Mini Cooper but could see myself getting one of these for the novelty of it.
Swapshots
Swapshots 11 күн мурун
My first car was a Corvair, at 17. I loved it and have had to defend it over the years. Unfortunately a long weekend huge high school party expedition on a law enforcement free island killed it after it's 3rd mishap. I'd love one now if it was electric or turbo.
Swapshots
Swapshots 11 күн мурун
I was always impressed with its roominess in such a small car.
Cameron Zimmerman
Cameron Zimmerman 11 күн мурун
Beautiful car.
Cameron Zimmerman
Cameron Zimmerman 11 күн мурун
Jay, I can help you with a tune-up for that turbo. it involved 1 bolt and a touch of welding.
SIMPLE SPIN
SIMPLE SPIN 12 күн мурун
Yes Cal and Joan Clark...I was one of their first customers back in 1974..They're around where you are from. I'll bet you're personal friends with them. Great people. Hopefully MARK is still with them.
SIMPLE SPIN
SIMPLE SPIN 12 күн мурун
You could get a 180 hp in 1969..My 66 aztec bronze corsa 140 hp had the back painted black, not silver. I sold it for 1400 in 2016. It was my first car I bought in 1974..42 years I had it. I wish I didn't have to sell it when I did.
R Rod
R Rod 12 күн мурун
Corvair... Corvette... Any relationship there?
Robert Godwin
Robert Godwin 12 күн мурун
My first car in 1969 was a 63 Monza. Bought it for $100 and put a new clutch in it on a weekend in my driveway. Drove it through NY winters for 2 years.
RustyJeep
RustyJeep 12 күн мурун
Great lines on these cars.
Pam Smith
Pam Smith 12 күн мурун
I had a 63 Mercury Comet as my first car & so wish I had it now. It was white with red interior, 2 door & 5 on the column. Loved that car.
Ricardo Pina
Ricardo Pina 12 күн мурун
What a gorgeous car! Never seen it before but I just fell in love with it.
don2deliver
don2deliver 13 күн мурун
I aligned and drove a restored Monza Corsa. The turbo was strong. The brakes sucked, even worse than 60's Drum Corvette. The shifter was a long rough throw and took too long.
Michael Morgan
Michael Morgan 13 күн мурун
Ralph Nader is and was an idiot
Michael Morgan
Michael Morgan 13 күн мурун
GM MAKES TRASH. Should have let them die in ‘09
mike marin
mike marin 13 күн мурун
The cooling fan belt should have guides that keep it from flying off, the early Corvairs didn't have them.
mike marin
mike marin 13 күн мурун
It's like a 65 > 69 mustang, all these years they still look good---timeless.
David Milhous Carter
David Milhous Carter 13 күн мурун
10:21 Six cylinder turbo Ford Raptor with a fake V8 sound.
David Milhous Carter
David Milhous Carter 13 күн мурун
5:26 And the '30s… And the '40s… And the '50s…
David Milhous Carter
David Milhous Carter 13 күн мурун
5:03 I'm under forty years old and I've been knowing what a Corvair is since the '90s.
David Milhous Carter
David Milhous Carter 13 күн мурун
1:28 I thought it was the Saab 99.
Lee Eastburn
Lee Eastburn 13 күн мурун
Almost all the nameplates circle back (thinking of the Malibu). How about a Corvair style ELECTRIC? Hide all the batteries in back. My brother had a nice 66 convertible . Great ride.
אליאל בן-דן
אליאל בן-דן 13 күн мурун
He has a phenomenal knowledge of automobiles. Encyclopedic.
Rick Fraser
Rick Fraser 13 күн мурун
Does anyone know what those wheels are? They look great. Did he say 14 inch?
l quinn
l quinn 13 күн мурун
Pandemic edition? No, you mean the Lockdown edition.
Old Goat
Old Goat 13 күн мурун
I had one when I was a kid. I don't remember, it was a 60' or a 61'. The suspension and weight distribution was wrong on it. I was going around a curve on a wet road one night and it turned right around on me. It was not like a normal slide. You could feel the backend pulling . The later ones handled OK, but by then it was too late. Mine had a gas heater that ran off the gas tank. No matter how cold it got, you had high heat in about 2-3 minutes. Not bad little cars, but I did not like the 90 degree belt system. Everybody carried a spare belt.
christopher sheward
christopher sheward 13 күн мурун
We have a Corsa Jay, unfortunately it's a Vauxhall Corsa
Lawrence Rasmus
Lawrence Rasmus 13 күн мурун
My sister had a 64 and I had A 66 best car in it's day except the heater would kill you if it leaked exhaust . Bill Thomas raced one
Andrew
Andrew 13 күн мурун
I wonder if the dealers didn't know what to do with it. The original Mustang SVO suffered in sales compared to the GT version mainly because the dealers, not understanding the car, pushed their customers to the V8 powered GT.
Jerry Robbins
Jerry Robbins 13 күн мурун
Way Cool
Scott Maytham
Scott Maytham 14 күн мурун
The Pretty Girl Wave. The Gray Foxer in a American Boxers
Scott Maytham
Scott Maytham 14 күн мурун
My father had a name for every vehicle he ever drove or owned. Just remember him calling this Corvair.The Puddle Jumper!
rebelboy 77 Collins
rebelboy 77 Collins 14 күн мурун
Jay Leno is helping me keep my sanity during lockdown
Chris Lincoln
Chris Lincoln 14 күн мурун
Dad bought one in 66. I remember my brother losing control going over a bridge on seven bridges road. It spun in a circle and didn.t hit a thing. When dad found out he traded it in. LOL
Vincent Bozzone
Vincent Bozzone 14 күн мурун
We had that engine in armored vehicles in the Army since 1958
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