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December 17, 1963 – Passing of the Clean Air Act
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December 17, 1963 – Passing of the Clean Air Act

US Congress enacted the Clean Air Act of 1963 on this day in 1963, providing a range of guidelines to help reduce and prevent pollution. Among its most important components included federal program created to research techniques for monitoring and controlling air pollution. Interestingly, new emissions standards were outlined only for stationary sources of air pollution, but not mobile ones, such as cars. However, it did lay the groundwork for automobile emission regulations. The frightened automakers argued they could not meet new emissions restrictions and the impact of the act on the auto industry would be dreadful on the economy. Ultimately, new emissions standards hit the industry with the passing of the Air Quality Act of 1967 and the Clean Air Amendments of 1970. Above: N...
Dusty & Rusty – 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside
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Dusty & Rusty – 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside

Instead of fighting off the invasive Volkswagen Beetles that kept swimming across the Atlantic in the 1950s, the folks at Chevrolet decided to just rip them off instead. Their efforts resulted in the first mass produced air-cooled American car, the Corvair, which first rolled out for the factory 1960 model year. Taking another page out of the German's playbook, Chevy turned the vehicle into a van and a truck, which gives us this 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside. This one is available on Craigslist near Rochester, Minnesota, and is 1 of about 4,100 Rampsides produced for the year. Does the $3,650 asking price for this so-called barn find truck ramp you up? The owner states they haven't checked (whatever that means) the six-cylinder Turbo Air motor in the engine bay, which means they ...

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