Chevrolet’s answer to help combat an influx of foreign compact import vehicles was the development of an entirely new line of compact vehicles. The Corvair was introduced in 1960 and was offered in 2-door Coupe and 4-door Sedan versions. Unique in styling and engineering, the compact Corvair was 180 inches in overall length and sat on a 108 inch wheelbase. It featured a newly developed engine concept: air-cooled, aluminum castings, 6-cylinders in a horizontally opposed design, fitted with dual down draft carburetors. Standard engine is rated at 80 hp. In 1962, the Corvair Spyder option was introduced and featured a Corvette inspired rear suspension system, a turbo-charge engine rated at 150 hp. coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission.