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Meerkat
07-07-2006, 02:29 PM
The Subaru 360, circa 1968
http://www.microcarmuseum.com/tour/images/subaru360-00.jpg
"Consumer Reports" declared it the most dangerous car on the road.

Phillip Allen
07-07-2006, 02:31 PM
What happened to ole "unsafe at any speed" ?

Nick Scheuer
07-07-2006, 05:16 PM
(demonstrably the worst rust bucket that ever rolled on four wheels) and you know all you need to know about the intelligence of thw average american Driver and how these autos became so universally popular.

Most people buy what their friends and neighbors drive.

Moby Nick

PeterSibley
07-07-2006, 05:21 PM
Well, the Japanese certainly learnt how to stop things rusting .I've got a 1986 Diahatsu Charade...20 years in the sub tropics, close to the ocean and NO rust, none at all !! :) :)

Bruce Taylor
07-07-2006, 05:23 PM
demonstrably the worst rust bucket that ever rolled on four wheels

We had a little green civic in the early 80s. Fun car, till it started throwing its coolant out the exhaust pipe. :eek:

PeterSibley
07-07-2006, 05:23 PM
Well, the Japanese certainly learnt how to stop things rusting .I've got a 1986 Diahatsu Charade...20 years in the sub tropics, close to the ocean and NO rust, none at all !! :):) You should see a 20 year old Ford around here :D



I wonder what happened then ?

Meerkat
07-07-2006, 06:45 PM
I got a new '75 Honda CVCC hatchback, the personification of the "japanese beetle." Cost $4,000. Still servicable and not rusted (although the "silver" aluminium paint had oxidized pretty badly) and, IIRC, just about 100K when I traded it in about 1991. Fun car and no problems except the thermal sensor in the throttle body that eventually just got bypassed - a better solution than having the main fuse blow when the blinking thing shorted out!

Bob Adams
07-07-2006, 07:24 PM
What happened to ole "unsafe at any speed" ?

By that time, GM had redesigned the rear suspension of the Corvair to eliminate the roll over problem. Was a good preforming car by 1968, but couldn't overcome the bad rep.

Meerkat
07-07-2006, 07:39 PM
The Corvair "Monza" was a good car!

Phillip Allen
07-07-2006, 08:53 PM
I've often envisioned Nader on the phone to some deep pocketed industrial magnate saying something like "I'm about to publish a book on your product and was wondering if you would like to buy all the copies?"