1949 Dinky Toys 552; Chevrolet Corvair
The Corvair like the Ford Falcon, Studebaker Lark, Nash Rambler, and the Plymouth Valiant was one of the first of a new compact class. These were offered in response to the small, sporty and fuel-efficient automobiles being imported from Europe by Volkswagen, Renault, and others. The Corvair stood out with engineering significantly different from other American offerings. It had an air-cooled flat / opposed rear-engined vehicle inspired by the Volkswagen Beetle and the Porsche 356.
It also had a book written about it by auto safety campaigner Ralph Nader called 'Unsafe at Any Speed'. The car was so unbalanced and had poorly designed suspension which made it lethal on corners if not set up absolutely correctly with the right tyre pressure.
The French Dinky was made from 1961 to 1964 in a range of colours. It has now been picked up by Atlas Editions for their rebooted Dinky Toys range.