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Some 1965 model comparisions to the Corvair
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: March 04, 2018 12:01PM

It's still Winter and I'm organizing inside stuff, like a lot of us.

I found an old 1965 Car and Driver Yearbook with a sampling of the 1965 model year cars. Interesting to see just how well the 1965 Corvair compared to other vehicles. Prices will be followed by the approximate 2018 dollar value in parenthesis. POE = Port of Entry and DID NOT include shipping and dealer preparation fees.

1965 Corvair Cosa 180HP Turbo car: 0-60MPH 10.2Secs. 1/4 mile 17.2sec $2,739.60 as tested ($21,642.84). Comments: High praise for the improved handling.

Porsche 356SC: 0-60MPH 11.6Secs. 1/4 mile 18.5Secs. $4,753.00 POE ($37,548.70). Comments: Criticized for deleting camber compensator after 1963 to cut costs. "(without the camber compensator) the (car) would go through with it's tali jacked up and the outside rear wheel tucked under." Note: the newer 911 was also available in 1965.

MG-B: 0-60MPH 11.0Secs. 1/4 mile 18.3Sec. $2,658.00 POE ($20,998.20). Comments: Still a MG, but refined compared to earlier cars.

Mercedez Benz 230SL: 0-60MPH 9.9Sec. 1.4 mile 17.0Sec. $7,907.00 POE ($62,465.30). Comments: Solid, quiet, firm but not harsh. More GT than sports car.

Triumph TR-4: 0-60MPH 11.0Sec. 1/4 mile 18.0Sec. $2,849.00 POE ($22,507.10). Comments: Old time sports car feel. Rough and fun with improved acceleration to keep up with modern cars (1965).

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Re: Some 1965 model comparisions to the Corvair
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: March 04, 2018 12:10PM

They were a great value.... but no v8 ..ggg





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Re: Some 1965 model comparisions to the Corvair
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: March 04, 2018 12:23PM

I found the Mustang comparison in the same C&D Yearbook. The numbers show how the Mustang resulted in declining Corvair sales even though the Corvair was more of a sporting car.

Mustang 2+2 (Fastback) 289 V8 210HP: 0-60MPH 8.0Secs. 1/4 mile 16.4Sec. $2,697.00 as tested ($21,306.30). Comments: Even with it's suspension limitations based on Falcon and Fairlane components it has been a huge sales success. While the basic price is a bargain the low cost does not seem to be the main attraction as the average price of a Mustang sold is about $3,000.00 ($23,700.00) suggesting Ford could have built a more refined car and sold it for more money. The Mustang arrived just as public interest in small compact cars had dropped (1964 Falcon, Corvair, and Dart/Valiant sales were all down from 1960-61 levels).

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Re: Some 1965 model comparisions to the Corvair
Posted by: Vin ()
Date: March 04, 2018 12:54PM

That is great, thanks for sharing. I did not live through the 60s so don't have a reference in my mind for this stuff. It's fun to think about what I might have put my money on. I admit the Mustang fastback would have been really tempting - probably the only Ford I have ever cared much for. But the value proposition on a Corvair was huge for someone wanting a sporting car.


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