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Chevrolet Corvair
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1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
Overview
ManufacturerChevrolet (General Motors)
Production1959–1969
Model years1960–1969
Assembly
Body and chassis
ClassCompact car
LayoutRR layout
Powertrain
EngineFlat-six
The Corvair's air-cooled rear-mounted flat-six engine

The Chevrolet Corvair is a compact car manufactured by Chevrolet for model years 1960–1969 in two generations. It is still the only American-designed, mass-produced passenger car with a rear-mounted, air-cooled engine. The Corvair was manufactured and marketed in 4-door sedan, 2-door coupe, convertible, 4-door station wagon, passenger van, commercial van, and pickup truck body styles in its first generation (1960–1964) as well as 2-door coupe, convertible and 4-door hardtop in its second (1965–1969).

The name "Corvair" originated as a portmanteau of Corvette and Bel Air,[1] a name first applied in 1954 to a Corvette-based concept with a hardtop fastback-styled roof, part of the Motorama traveling exhibition.[2] When applied to the production models, the "air" part referenced the engine's cooling system.

Competitors included the Volkswagen Beetle, Ford Falcon, Plymouth Valiant, Studebaker Lark, and the Rambler American.