“hot-selling sports car”

Caution: don’t read the Wall Street Journal and expect to get good information on cars. Today has a nice but fanciful article by a guy who clearly doesn’t know much about cars. And also kept the copy from any editor who knows anything about cars. Here’s the money paragraph, about the introduction of the Chevy Camaro in the 1960s in response to the Ford Mustang:

As legend has it, the Mustang had been Ford’s answer to the previous hot-selling sports car, the Chevy Corvair, the car with its engine in the back and another iconic American vehicle [in what alternate universe?]. But it had been put out of commission in 1969 thanks to Ralph Nader’s “Unsafe at Any Speed,” a book that claimed the Camaro [Corvair?] would blow up on rear end collisions [perhaps he means the Ford Pinto, introduced in 1970, five years after Nader’s book was published].

I had a Corvair, and, friends, whatever else it was, a “hot-selling sports car” it was not. By a long shot. The Corvair was an interesting concept, a rear-engine, air-cooled p.o.s. that was Chevy’s answer to, well, a question that had not been asked. It has its enthusiasts today, but it was not a competent vehicle at any speed.

What the author probably meant was the Chevy Corvette, which at least could pretend it is a sports car. As for the Camaro blowing up on rear end collisions, perhaps the author meant the hapless Ford Pinto.

Hey, Chevy, Ford, Camaro, Corvair, Corvette, Pinto, what does it matter: it’s all good in the Wall Street Journal’s alternate car universe.


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