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'dated Mustang' refers to it's Falcon-derived underpinnings. I don't agree that 4 years makes any sub-component 'dated'.

The 1st Corvair definitely was revolutionary. It opened the USDM market to a high volume small car where there wasn't one prior-to. And it gained considerable traction in Europe as well. It was FAR from being a "recycled VW".

 

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As I stated above- the Corvair's huge influence was its design, but it still earn credit as one of the founding 'small domestics' and opening that segment up.

As for your claimed "claim" - I never stated the beetle wasn't selling well, so who's semantics were you referring to?

Beetle did sell well (Corvair eclipsed it in '60, '61, '62 & '63), but primarily to a different demographic- the growing 'foreign car buyer'. The Corvair opened the demographic up to domestic buyers (some were already there with the '59 Lark & the Ramblers, tho not in similar numbers), hence the Falcon, Valiant, Dart, continuing Lark, continuing American, etc. Corvair -with a full line of variants- offered a lot more choice to buyers than any of the others. Plus- the now ubiquitous turbocharging. ;)
 

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“Not one prior to” - implying the then USDM 100,000 unit p/annum VW was not already a high volume small car?
Again- as I clarified; opened the segment up to DOMESTIC buyers.
I consider the beetle sales to be decent, but to put it in perspective : the Lark was outselling the Beetle almost 2:1 in '59 (159K vs. 88K).

Thanks for further proving my point!
Your statement was that the Corvair was "the only" one - it wasn't.
 

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Clarfied as DOMESTIC buyers, or buyers of DOMESTIC cars?
Not hard to understand RE the reality of the USDM at the time (if one looked into it), but: 'domestic car buyers'.

Which part of my “flat engine, air-cooled” stipulation do you not understand?
The part where you think 'air-cooled' was a meaningful component of the Beetle's sales.

Whoever sent this puppy out with the original rear suspension was a total maroon.
'64 & up had much-improved handling / revised rear suspension. A buddy of mine had four '65-66 Corvair coupes that I rode in many times in my youth (when we all drove like lawless animals) - never had an issue. One of his Vairs was a 4-carb Corsa / 4-speed.
 

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Wonder if Nadar even bothered to drive a Corvair. Of course; he's not an "expert driver" in a crash helmet doing wildly atypical maneuvers on an empty, closed course with the express purpose of taking a squat, family sedan to 11/10ths of it's capacity.
 
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