Hatchet Jobs: Automotive Turkeys

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Chevrolet Corvair
The Corvair was intended as an American response to the influx of affordable, stylish European imports — the Volkswagen Beetle in particular. Like the Beetle, the Corvair has a rear engine. Unlike the Beetle, the Corvair’s rear suspension wasn’t sufficient and a number of crashes led to Ralph Nader’s book “Unsafe at Any Speed,” and it pushed most auto builders away from rear-engine setups for good.

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