|The 1969 is one of the rarest Corvairs years there is. They were in
production from September 1968 until May 1969. There was a total of
only 6000 1969s produced. Of these 6000 Corvairs only 521 were
I looked at this 1969 Monza convertible in Aug 2005. Although it only had
32000 miles on it, there were rust issues, especially in the rocker panels.
The original drive train was in good running condition. Since I really liked
the car, I decided to take on the responsibility of its restoration.
As of May 2010, I have finished with the body restoration. A lot of the
drive train and suspension is still original, repairs and updates will be made
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|Corvair Exonerated. Written by a Derby City Corvair Club member.
Many articles have been written explaining the decision by General Motors to discontinue production of the Corvair on May 14, 1969.
Some blame Ralph Nader and his book entitled 'Unsafe At Any Speed'. Others will suggest the impact caused by the Ford Mustang and
it's huge sales volume in 1965. While others will claim that the insiders at Chevrolet Motor Division never liked the car from day one
causing them to push for the Camaro with a more conventional power train.
There was no doubt that the Corvair received a lot of 'bad press' because of the book and Ralph Nader's campaign to make the Corvair
and GM look bad in the public eye. Although GM could have taken him on like they had in the past with other crusaders, they wimped
out and let the Corvair linger on for three more years after the decision was already made to stop any new development in April 1964.
The first chapter in the book was devoted to the problems associated with roll over of the 1960-1963 Corvair. Most people only read
the first chapter and ignored the remainder of the book that dealt with unsafe engineering in the auto industry. Mr. Nader was not an
In 1972, long after the Corvair and the roll over accusations had quieted down, the Department of Transportation sent a letter to all
Corvair owners revealing the results of their extensive testing to determine if the Corvair was any worse than the other automobiles
available at the same time. Although the press quickly joined the bandwagon against the Corvair in the middle sixties, there seemed to
be very little enthusiasm for sharing the results from the DOT with the public. The DOT completely exonerated the Corvair of any roll
over problems, but by this time, no one seemed very interested. Mr. Nader got his fame and a beautifully engineered automobile
became infamous for ongoing ridicule.
See the original DOT letter here.