The Corvair was one of the first automobiles to feature “360 degree styling”. You could walk around the car by following the belt line. The belt line also gave the car a strong horizontal theme that made it look bigger than it really was. The Corvair’s shape influenced car designers across the world. Its belt line, front and rear ends were the inspiration for many cars in the 1960s, including the Fiat 1300/1500, NSU, Mazda 800, BMW 1600/2002, the French-built Panhard, the Hillman Imp, the 1961 Chevrolet full sized and, to some extent, the 1962 EJ Holden. That the 1961 full sized Chevrolet reflected the Corvair design was a rare occurrence in GM. The accepted practice was to flow design motifs down from Buick and Cadillac into Pontiac and Chevrolet after the more expensive models had been on the market for a year or two. Check out pages 26-31 and decide for yourself who copied who. 25