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Corvair Monza: the inspiration for the Mustang

By CorvairJim

Those folks who know me well know that I am a voracious reader. I rarely go anywhere without a paperback book or a magazine stuffed in my back pocket. Well, about twenty tears ago, I went through a period of reading biographies instead of my usual mysterys, crime dramas, or science fiction, just for a change of pace. One of the more interesting books I read during that time was "IACOCCA: An Autobiography" by Lee Iacocca, past Chairman of the Ford Motor Company. Being a Corvair enthusiast, there was a paragraph on pages 63-64 in "Chapter VI: The Mustang" that particularly interested me. I quote it here verbatim:

"We knew that General Motors had taken the Corvair, an economy car, and transformed it into the hot-selling Corvair Monza simply by adding a few sporty accessories such as bucket seats, stick shift, and fancy interior trim. We at Ford had nothing to offer the people who were considering a Monza, but it was clear to us that they represented a growing market."

As most of you reading this know, I'm heavily into the challenge game here on Motortopia, but I like to challenge cars as similar to mine as possible. When entering my 1966 Corvair Monza in challenges against Mustangs and other Pony Cars, I will often cite this passage, although not as a direct quote as I have done here. Let's face it - there aren't too many cars on Motortopia that compare directly to the Corvair, so I have to take my challenges where I find them. Since the Corvair Monza was the inspiration for the Mustang and, by extension the entire Pony Car class, I feel justified in challenging those cars.

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The_Dude
Jan 14, 2009 at 3:47 pm
Just another reason for me to want a Corvair- It's the original pony car and all others are just copies! If Lee Iacoca was going to copy something, he copied a good one! I read corsa's blog too- more good info.
 
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1962ChevyGuy
Jan 11, 2009 at 4:18 pm
mustang is just a fancy falcon-corvair is all-original!
 
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chevy66babe
Jan 11, 2009 at 4:05 pm
That's cool, and a fact that I didn't know. At least, Chevy came up with the idea first, even if the Stang took over that market and did it very well. About the only non-Chevy car that I've ever liked.
 
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CorvairJim
Jan 10, 2009 at 6:34 pm
Yeah, Matt, but in all the NASCAR races I watch, it seems to be just the other way around: Behind all those good GM productsd (meaning the Chevys, of course!) come the Fords! biggrin image
 
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tamatt79
Jan 10, 2009 at 9:16 am
Interesting tidbit there Jim. Behind all Fords, is a good GM product. biggrin image
 
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Polarbear
Jan 9, 2009 at 3:59 pm
Hey Jim. Nice post. Did not know that!
 
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alwaysakid
Jan 9, 2009 at 10:33 am
I thought it was rather easy to assume that the Mustang was a response to the Corvair, as the Falcon was more in the class of the Nova. But if Mustang lovers have to thank Corvairs, then Camaro lovers should be thanking Mustangs.
 
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blubyu
Jan 8, 2009 at 11:08 pm
Interesting. The Ford guys I know never have mentioned anything like that. Like they would want to admit something like that anyway. It would be nice if the Corvair had lasted longer.
 
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ralphsvacs
Jan 8, 2009 at 8:42 pm
Also keep in mind a Mustang is simply a Falcon in drag
 
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pops64
Jan 8, 2009 at 8:30 pm
very cool! great blog.
 

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