The CC effect strikes again! A Curbside Classic article Brendan Saur posted last week showed a brochure photo of the five-door Corsica hatchback that was offered from 1989-1991. Sure enough, the day after reading his post I spotted this Corsica Hatchback near my wife’s favorite Starbucks.
How elusive is this car? Chevy built more than 1.67 million Corsicas, and only 42,104 were hatchbacks. That’s just a teensy bit more than 2.5 % of total production, which is why we call it the CC effect!
This angle shows the rear backlight and sheetmetal changes. The doors appear to be identical between the hatchback and sedan; if the roof panel dimensions are different, it would be by a couple of of centimeters and not inches.
This closeup shows the awkward joint between the quarter panel and the fill panel at the rear of the hatch. It looks like the hatch is ajar, but no–that’s how Chevy built them. Since they took the effort to create a new fender, you’d expect the panels to match up better; then again, and as I stated, the hatchback wasn’t a big seller–and this half-baked design may have helped hasten its demise.