Ghibli an almost exact copy of Monza? Pull up a picture of each, and take another look. Or put on your glasses.
Funny, most people who know how to drive them think they're great cars. Robust and relatively well engineered. If the dude's car was shot at 35k it was likely a stick and he probably bogged down the engine too often while driving in town. A lot if standard Corvairs were ruined that way.
The Mustang did more to hurt Corvair sales than Nader. In 1965, Chevy advertising tried to compare the Mustang's handling (calling it the "Falcon Mustang") with its conventional drivetrain/suspension layout, to Corvair's rear engine/IRS design. While the Corvair could outhandle the Mustang, the Mustang had a V8 and a more conventional design, so Corvair sales slumped while Mustang's soared. Also, any car Chevy couldn't put a Turbo-Thrift Six, Turbo-Fire V8, or Turbo-Jet big block into, just cost too much to make and the profit margin suffered.
Peterson museum is a joke. Rich guy wanted a tax break for his car hobby so he turned a portion of his collection into a museum. I went there and was very disappointed. Tiny public collection but super expensive admission. So glad my overpriced admission and my tax dollars subsidize his hobby. Joke.
My father had many new cars but he always would go back to his Corvair’s that he had for fun to drive. We had 4 of the, and they were cars he really enjoyed.
As for who killed the Corvair it was the Mustang.
Ford came with a sporty car based on a cheap to build Falcon and you add a V8 you have a cheap and very profitable performance car.
GM did the same with Chevy Nova bits in a new body and created a Camaro. More power and a cheaper engine and transmission replaced the Corvair.
The truth is Ralph extended the life of the Corvair till 1969 as GM was showing defiance toward Ralph and kept building the car.
They killed it in 69 do to declining sales but more because the engine was not going to fit the new emissions standards. This too killed the VW.
These show cars were great examples of the dreams of the era but not practical. They were more fun as they represented pure mechanical design vs today’s tech and wind tunnel design.