Covair design Origins According to authors David Holls and Michael Lamm in their book A Century of Automotive Style, the Covair’s design origins can be traced to two cars: The 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne dream car, seen on the right, and the 1959 Oldsmobile. The Biscayne provided the strong defined belt line and rear end shape while the Oldsmobile front end, penned by Irv Rybiki, was downsized to fit the smaller Corvair. The Corvair’s main designers were Ned Nickles and his assistant Carl Renner. They adapted the cantilevered roof line from the 1959 GM four door hardtops to fit the smaller Corvair sedan. 22