Old 01-15-2020   #1961
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Gulf Oil. Used from 67-69, IIRC. This of course is a modern incarnation.
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An immaculate VW Beetle on the high moors by Princetown. The roads were filthy, the salt ubiquitous as it had been freezing for four days and my car covered. Yet not a drop of dirt or salt, but nowhere it could have been cleaned!

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An immaculate VW Beetle on the high moors by Princetown. The roads were filthy, the salt ubiquitous as it had been freezing for four days and my car covered. Yet not a drop of dirt or salt, but nowhere it could have been cleaned!

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Really nice photo, Charles. Even the license plate spotless!
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Not as immaculate as Charles' example, but a very well kept Type 2, just down the street from my house.

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It's a big mystery!

I was reflecting yesterday on how you see a lot of classic VW campers but I must have seen the grand total of two Beetles on the road in about a decade.
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^^^^^^^now that’s something it’s worth taking a picture of!
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Still sharp after all these years.

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It's a big mystery!

I was reflecting yesterday on how you see a lot of classic VW campers but I must have seen the grand total of two Beetles on the road in about a decade.

There's a lot of VW Beetle rallies on all summer and my guess is that a camper would be the most practical for a weekend at one.


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Nice Caddy, Mike! Interesting results with the ORWO UN54+, I think it suits the subject well.
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Here's another Cadillac Series 62.

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I first spotted this 1949 GMC New Design late at night, parked across the from our AirBnB. The next morning it was gone, and I wasn't able to photograph it. The second morning, as we were packing up to leave, the truck was back along with its owner. I ran out, chatted with the owner for a bit, and asked if I could take some photos of his truck. Turns out, he'd been out at a car show the previous day.

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Am I alone in thinking that some of these are just plain ugly and deliberately so it seems?


I don't mind them being ugly if it's just part of the function but designing ugliness seems weird to me...


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An unexpected surprise! I can’t remember the last time I saw a Corvair cruising the streets of Yokohama.







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Yokosuka Mike--nice pics! I can't remember seeing a Corvair ANYWHERE on the streets for a loooooong time!
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Mike,
I don’t know if you are cherry picking cars, but from what you post it seems like Yokahama residents have a lot of respect for old machinery. Not only is the wheat separated from the chaff, but it seems mostly taken care of at a high level as well.
Nice looking Corvair, the most dishonestly maligned car in automotive history, a fact which now makes them cheaper than they would be otherwise.
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Yokosuka Mike--nice pics! I can't remember seeing a Corvair ANYWHERE on the streets for a loooooong time!
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Thank you, Paul. When I said I was surprised to see a Corvair I wasn’t kidding. Especially a 2 door beauty like that.

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I don’t know if you are cherry picking cars, but from what you post it seems like Yokahama residents have a lot of respect for old machinery. Not only is the wheat separated from the chaff, but it seems mostly taken care of at a high level as well.
Nice looking Corvair, the most dishonestly maligned car in automotive history, a fact which now makes them cheaper than they would be otherwise.
Hi Larry, not really cherry Picking but I should say that Yokohama is a sort of destination for classic and sports car owners from other parts of Japan too. The streets of Yokohama are lined with old beautiful buildings. On a sunday afternoon it’s quite common to see car and motorcycle owners park their vehicle on a street with a nice background and take pictures of their ride.

The streets are also full of newer European cars too but I try to keep my eye out for the older classics. And, you’re right about the cars being well maintained, there aren't a lot of junkers on the road around here.

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That Corvair is a beut, Mike! The owner is clearly dedicated to its preservation. That one would be 1964 or earlier. Considerable change for the 1965-69 model... I restored a 1965 Corsa turbo and also had a 1966 coupe with a 327 Corvette motor in the middle. Whoop! There is still an active Corvair club in the Puget Sound area. "Unsafe at any speed"? Boo to Ralph Nader!
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That Corvair is a beut, Mike! The owner is clearly dedicated to its preservation. That one would be 1964 or earlier. Considerable change for the 1965-69 model... I restored a 1965 Corsa turbo and also had a 1966 coupe with a 327 Corvette motor in the middle. Whoop! There is still an active Corvair club in the Puget Sound area. Boo to Ralph Nader!
Hey Doug! By the looks of the license plate I'd say you're spot on with thinking it's a 1964.

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Hey Doug! By the looks of the license plate I'd say you're spot on with thinking it's a 1964.

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Hah! I hadn't noticed that detail until you pointed it out! Another detail... it appears to have been lowered a bit. And since these earlier Corvairs had rear swing-axle (which Nader criticized), lowering visibly changes the camber geometry of the rear wheels.
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I did all my dating in a 1963 Corvair coupe just like that except it was a golden tan - no radio and no AC.
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Hah! I hadn't noticed that detail until you pointed it out! Another detail... it appears to have been lowered a bit. And since these earlier Corvairs had rear swing-axle (which Nader criticized), lowering visibly changes the camber geometry of the rear wheels.
I noticed the negative camber, too. Those swing axles could be treacherous.

As besk pointed out, the Corvair was updated in 1965, with new styling and a fully articulated rear suspension, that dramatically improved the handling.

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I noticed the negative camber, too. Those swing axles could be treacherous.

As besk pointed out, the Corvair was updated in 1965, with new styling and a fully articulated rear suspension, that dramatically improved the handling.

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Stirling Moss opined that the Corvair was the best handling car made in the U.S at the time, and when he made that statement he was specifically referring to the pre-1965 swing axle model, because that was his point of reference. Rear weight bias combined with a rear swing axle was a design brief that the early Corvair copied from and shared with the VW Beetle and the Porsche 356 and early 911, and those Corvairs exhibited the same handling traits as those cars, specifically trailing throttle oversteer. It was handling which rewarded good drivers with a nimbleness which allowed quicker corner exits and faster lap times, and frankly more fun, but punished poor drivers who didn’t know how to drive them. Considering the fact that the GM marketing department seemed to aim this well engineered car towards secretaries there was bound to be some trouble. Like the Porsches, it was a car you could steer with the throttle to a certain extent, and was quick and very entertaining to drive as long as you knew not to enter a corner faster than you intended to and knowing that, if you had done so, your best way out was just to keep your foot in it and keep the weight transferred to the rear wheels. If you lifted abruptly mid-corner you would find yourself looking back in the direction from whence you had just come. Exactly like a Porsche. It was a different handling car, a better handling car, than the understeering barges that comprised the lineup of every other U.S. manufacturer at the time. Neither Moss nor Don Yenko found the handling to be at all “treacherous”, but it was certainly unforgiving of mistakes, which is not exactly the same thing. GM subsequently installed a version of the suspension used on the Corvette at the time, which made the car more docile if less tossable, and more appropriate for secretaries and others whose only prior point of driving reference was understeering tractors, but the public relations damage was done and the car exited the market shortly thereafter.
The cars themselves were never “Unsafe at any Speed”, that was a phrase applicable to certain drivers, not their cars.
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Those second-gen Corvairs were beautiful. I'd make room for one in the garage if I could.


I own a Pontiac Fiero, which is in many ways was the Corvair story all over again in the 1980s. A popular small car with a rear engine, the Fiero quickly fell out of favor with the media and the motoring public due to safety concerns, real or imagined, and they mostly disappeared from the roads within a decade or less. I like mine though.... I tend to keep my cars forever and this is the one I've owned longer than any others.





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