Interestingly, I have a book by John Z. Delorean (with J. Patrick Wright) called 'On a Clear Day You Can See General Motors'. Here are some excerpts that both sides may find interesting which deal with the Corvair.(from pages 65-68
The problems with the Corvair were well documented inside GM's Engineering Staff long before the Corvair ever was offered for sale. Frank Winchell, now vice-president of Engineering, but then an engineer at Chevy, flipped over one of the first prototypes on the GM test track in Milford, Michigan. Others followed.
The questionable safety of the car caused a massive internal fight among GM's engineers over whether the car should be built with another form of suspension. One side of the argument was Chevrolet's then General Manager, Ed Cole, an engineer and product innovater. He and some of his engineering colleagues were enthralled with the
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