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From album Mustang History in photos by leoncate
Mustang vs. Corvair Monza
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CorvairJim’s Profile Photo
Aug 25, 2011 at 12:24 am
This is an interesting piece of dealer promotional literature, and obviously slanted to sell Ford's newest car. However, I have to wonder how this would have worked out if each car had the same transmission: The Mustangs all had the OPTIONAL 4-speed, while the Corvair had the STANDARD EQUIPMENT 3-speed. With the 4-speed and it's taller top gear, the car's economy would have been much better, and with it's lower first gear, acceleration would have been much improved as well. I'd be willing to bet that the outcome would have been reversed had the Mustang been saddled with it's standard 3-speed and the Spyder allowed to run with the 4-speed - which well over 90% of the cars had. I also notice that there's no mention of braking distance, because the Corvair outbraked the Mustang from 60 mph by over 30 feet! (146'-178' according to Road & Track magazine)

Also, in the interest of an "Apples to Apples" competition, the Corvair in the test should have been a 1965 Corsa Turbo with it's 180 h.p. engine, not the '64 Spyder with it's 150 h.p. unit. After all, Ford never called the first Mustangs "1964 1/2" cars, they sold them as 1965 models right from the start.

All manufacturers had sales tactics like this. Chevy had one to sell the Corvair 95 series of pickups that demonstrated what happened when you nailed the brakes in an un-laden Falcon Econoline pickup: The truck nearly scraped it's front bumper off on the pavement when the back end came up off the ground!

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