(08/16/12) - They were never the coolest cars around, but they're grabbing plenty of attention this week at Back to the Bricks.
"Back when we were kids, people used to give them to you three and four at a time. Come and get them, take them away," said Marvin Granger, classic car owner.
We're talking about the Corvair, a quirky car - to say the least. Among other things, it featured a trunk in the front and the engine in the back.
"You pull into a gas station and put gas in the left front fender - that draws a lot of attention from younger people. They ask who made it. Well, Chevrolet made it," said classic car owner Pete Cimbala.
The Corvair was in production from 1960 until 69. Political activist and consumer advocate Ralph Nadar wasn't a fan. He trashed the Corvair in his 1965 book "Unsafe at Any Speed."
"Part of the stigma came from Nadar and his 'Unsafe at Any Speed,' and that sort of stuff. He didn't really kill the car, he killed the resale value," Granger said.
These cars were going for only a couple hundred dollars during the '70s.
This 1964 Green Brier isn't "naturally born," but it was built on a Corvair platform in Flint. You might call it the precursor to the mini van.
"A 25-year-old engineer who just got his paperwork is amazed at the vehicle because it's three row seating, independent suspension," Granger said.
And you can't argue with this - it was fuel efficient before all those hip and trendy hybrids came along.
"It gets more than 25 miles to the gallon. You can't get that out of a new Chevy, and here, 40 years ago, they were building vehicles that could do that," Granger said.
Weather permitting, Thursday's cruise begins at 5.
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