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Are there any Pictures of Ernie Kovacs wrecked Corvair Wagon????
Posted by: wagbear ()
Date: January 26, 2010 05:14PM

I swear.... My Dad sent me to pick up the evening edition of the Chicago Tribune and there was a pic on the front page of the car....Did it hit a light pole????

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Re: Are there any Pictures of Ernie Kovacs wrecked Corvair Wagon????
Posted by: John Luscinski ()
Date: January 26, 2010 05:18PM

Do A search on the forum I believe you might find one.. I remember seeing one at one time. And yes you are about the pic on the front page and the light pole.

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Re: Are there any Pictures of Ernie Kovacs wrecked Corvair Wagon????
Posted by: NICKG ()
Date: January 26, 2010 06:39PM

The story says he left a party hosted by Milton Berle in Beverly Hills. It was raining and he lost control while negotiating a turn crashing into a pole. He was thrown partially out of the passenger side and died of chest injuries. It was claimed he may have been trying to light his cigar when this happened.

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Re: Are there any Pictures of Ernie Kovacs wrecked Corvair Wagon????
Posted by: Fast Eddie ()
Date: January 26, 2010 07:41PM



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Re: Are there any Pictures of Ernie Kovacs wrecked Corvair Wagon????
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 26, 2010 08:20PM

"UNSAFE" has posted several shots in the last few months





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Re: Are there any Pictures of Ernie Kovacs wrecked Corvair Wagon????
Posted by: Pacerace ()
Date: January 27, 2010 12:20AM



Just found it on google, the only other one ive found other than the one posted up there ^^^

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Re: Are there any Pictures of Ernie Kovacs wrecked Corvair Wagon????
Posted by: ManxManiac ()
Date: January 27, 2010 12:38AM

In this last photo posted, it appears that the left rear wheel/tire is being removed, as the lug nuts are not on it & the wheel is not sitting on the lug bolts!

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Re: Are there any Pictures of Ernie Kovacs wrecked Corvair Wagon????
Posted by: Pacerace ()
Date: January 27, 2010 12:40AM

Good eyes, i noticed it looked weird but didnt look that closely at the lugs.

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Re: Are there any Pictures of Ernie Kovacs wrecked Corvair Wagon????
Posted by: 4carbcorvair ()
Date: January 27, 2010 01:01AM

Kevin has a few, hopefully he'll post up.

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Re: Are there any Pictures of Ernie Kovacs wrecked Corvair Wagon????
Posted by: Mark Edmonds ()
Date: January 27, 2010 12:11PM

About 1975 my father was driving a LM 4 door in the rain. A guy came flying out of a driveway and hit my father in the right rear quarter and spun him. He took out a mailbox and saw a telephone pole coming. He was relieved when it went past his window, only to be followd by a big crash a split second later. He hit the pole going sideways right behind the left front door. The car looked very much like Kovacs'.

My father walked away with bruised left elbow and knee and windshield glass in his forehead. People who saw the accident could not believe he survived.

Mark Edmonds

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Re: Are there any Pictures of Ernie Kovacs wrecked Corvair Wagon????
Posted by: wagbear ()
Date: January 27, 2010 05:16PM

HOLY COW... that was a severe impact!!! Took ALOT of force to completley buckle the car at the rocker panel like it did....Thanks for the pics!!!
P.S. : As a kid I had a big crush on his wife Edie Adams.....
Loved the Dutch Masters commercials...In reality though...I think he smoke Cuban Cigars...

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Re: Are there any Pictures of Ernie Kovacs wrecked Corvair Wagon????
Posted by: NICKG ()
Date: January 27, 2010 07:45PM

There's a picture of him on the front page of the Los Angeles Times the morning of the crash showing him holding one of those stogies....NICKG

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Re: Are there any Pictures of Ernie Kovacs wrecked Corvair Wagon????
Posted by: Mark Pietz ()
Date: January 27, 2010 11:04PM

That picture really defines the term "wrapped around a pole". Not something you'd likely live to talk about.

In a previous life I worked in a trauma center on the edge of the desert (Apache Junction, Arizona). When you've seen torsos rotated 180 degrees at the hips, heads pushed into chests, and the like, you go home and lie in bed and find it very difficult to get to sleep. sad smiley

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Re: Are there any Pictures of Ernie Kovacs wrecked Corvair Wagon????
Posted by: Mark Edmonds ()
Date: February 04, 2010 12:36PM

I found a picture of my father's car after hitting the pole. The windshield did not come out - you can see at the top edge where he shattered it with his head. His speed was 40-45 mph when the guy first hit him on the right side.

Mark Edmonds

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Re: Are there any Pictures of Ernie Kovacs wrecked Corvair Wagon????
Posted by: Horndoc ()
Date: February 04, 2010 01:45PM

Reminds me of when I was in college, about '82. On the drive to Ithaca I used to pass a wrecked 66 coupe in a guys side yard. The front end was pushed up to the firewall. I stoped and talked to the guy once. He said he was hit head on by an Olds 98 going 50. He walked away with just scratches. That car sat in his yard for years. He said he was going to pull the powertrain for another Vair. If it was any other front engined car, he would have been seriously hurt or killed. Vairs have one hell of a crumple zone.

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Re: Are there any Pictures of Ernie Kovacs wrecked Corvair Wagon????
Posted by: The Stig ()
Date: February 04, 2010 03:41PM

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Re: Are there any Pictures of Ernie Kovacs wrecked Corvair Wagon????
Posted by: SpyderMan ()
Date: February 04, 2010 04:06PM



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Re: Are there any Pictures of Ernie Kovacs wrecked Corvair Wagon????
Posted by: Brad54 ()
Date: February 05, 2010 12:19AM

I wonder if running some roll-bar tubing along the inside of the rocker panels would help things.

-Brad

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Re: Are there any Pictures of Ernie Kovacs wrecked Corvair Wagon????
Posted by: Jim ()
Date: February 05, 2010 12:22AM

16 TONS????

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Re: Are there any Pictures of Ernie Kovacs wrecked Corvair Wagon????
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: February 05, 2010 12:26AM

Brad54 Wrote:
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> I wonder if running some roll-bar tubing along the
> inside of the rocker panels would help things.
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Not by themselves... would need cross bracing...





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