View Full Version : Mustang vs Corvair

02-08-2012, 06:02 PM
Which was "better"


02-08-2012, 09:54 PM
Wow, a good unbiased analysis. I'll take one of those fastbacks, thank you!


02-08-2012, 10:42 PM
Had a 66 Mustang 6 banger, spunky as hell. Which car you think is worth more?
A "fancy Falcon" vs Chevrolet's Waterloo.

02-09-2012, 08:46 AM
I am a bow tie kind of guy
IF I had a choice and was going to build a car.....I would do a Mustang over a corvair



02-09-2012, 09:05 AM
I would choose a Corvair, but only if it was the 2nd gen...

02-09-2012, 06:46 PM
We had a a '64 Corvair Spyder (turbocharged) when we were first married. When I bought it, the rear end gears were bad (3.55) I went to the bone yard to get another one. The only one they had was from a Rampside pick-up (3.70 :) ). Put them in, went to the drags. I was N Stock-2. So I went looking for N Stock 1 - - - - '62 Catalina, 389, 3X2's, 4-speed!!!! SAME CLASS!!! Pumped the rear tires up to 40 psi, lights came down even, GREEN - - HOLE SHOTED HIM!!! When I shifted to 3rd gear I could nsee him in my rearview mirror - - seriously - - best time 14.43 . . .hwy mileage - 28 MPG

Never lost at the drags :)

Thankfully we were stationed in North Carolina - air cooled = NO HEAT

Loved that car !!!!

02-10-2012, 11:06 AM
My only memories of a Corvair was a 1st gen station wagon my older sister had.
It caught fire and burned to the ground on my bro in law on the way home from work.......


02-12-2012, 11:45 AM
In terms of musclecar 'buildability', the mustang wins hands down. Mustang is RWD and easily takes a v8. Corvair will never be a musclecar in that regard. Mustang is 10 times easier to find parts for, easier to work on, easier to upgrade, much more aftermarket support. Fastbacks are extremely desirable, (rare and through-the-roof expensive), but decent deals can still be found on project coupes on craigslist. Excellent musclecar project fodder.

The corvair was never built to be a musclecar. It was an innovative GM economy car and much more comparable to the VW Bug. The bad rap the corvairs got from haters like Ralph Nader makes them available for dirt cheap. On seattle craigslist there are two 2 door corvairs to choose from, both look clean, run & drive for $2 grand. Both seem like a screaming deal on a cool entry level 60's classic. For a 60's mustang coupe in similar condition, you'd pay 3 times as much.



02-12-2012, 12:56 PM
You don''t see too many Corvairs sporting a super charger blower set up......


the unfortunate truth about the Corvair was they just came out at the wrong time.Gas was still cheap and nobody really wanted or cared to buy a marginally built 4 cylinder air cooled car other than a VW.........


02-12-2012, 01:36 PM
How about a Corvair built under 10K and running in the 10s @ 120+ mph? Ya really still want a Mustang? ;) http://www.popularhotrodding.com/features/0805phr_1967_chevy_corvair/viewall.html

02-12-2012, 10:51 PM
Most of us are at a point in out lives we can build just about any thing we want.......
Life is to short to waste time building cars......
Build an Early and stand out in the crowd........


02-13-2012, 04:44 AM
+1 Wookee

02-13-2012, 08:21 AM
I had a '66 stang 6 banger and really liked it. Got it from my father-in-law who had never changed the oil, however it always ran great and didn't use that much oil.

Right out of high school I drove for a blind piano tuner who went thru several cars including a first-gen Corvair wagon ('62 I think). Was a great driver and handled well, only problem was it tended to burn exhaust valves in the center cylinders.