2018 International Corvair Convention Underway In Pittsburgh

Larry Richert and John Shumway
July 23, 2018 - 10:41 am

Andrew Limberg

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The 48th International Corvair Convention is underway this week at the Doubletree Hotel in Green Tree.

Western Pennsylvania Corvair Club Public Relations Representative Rod Murray, joined KDKA Radio  to talk about the event and talk about the car's history.

“It was America's first and only air-cooled rear engine design, meaning the engine is in the back,” Murray said. 

It was also the first car to offer turbo charging.

He adds it evolved into a car that people could depend on. 

“Initially intended to be a very basic economy car, but over time, became known for having some good performance," said Murray. “The rear engine traction, with the weight in the back, was great in the snow. It was a big seller in Pennsylvania.”

The Corvair was deemed unsafe because of roll over potential by consumer activist Ralph Nader in the 1965 book “Unsafe at Any Speed” but the Corvair Society of America says his results were later proven false after “an exhaustive investigation.”

The United States government said the car did not pose and “abnormal potential loss of control or rollover and it is at least as good as the performance of some contemporary vehicles, both foreign and domestic.”

People have driven in to Pittsburgh from all over the country to show off their Corvair.

“We're expecting somewhere to 300-350 various versions of the Corvair out there," said Murray. "It came in pickups, Station wagons, vans, two-doors, four-doors; it was a fully loaded line of cars."

He said there will be races and economy runs all week long and the final activity will be on Saturday; “There is a very nice people choice car show at Heinz Field on Saturday morning around the stadium.”

The convention lasts from today until Saturday in the upper lot of the Doubletree Hotel in Greentree

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