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Chevrolet


1911-present: Chevrolet Motor Company
Detroit, Michigan

America’s least expensive cars and one of the world’s best sellers was started by William C. Durant at the time when he did not control General Motors.  In collaboration with race car driver Louis Chevrolet, on November 3, 1911, Chevrolet entered the automobile market to compete with the Ford Model T.  However, the “Classic Six” turned out to be too expensive so Durant went for the small simple car such as the Little Four.  Chevrolet’s first big impact came with the 4-cylinder Baby Grand touring car and its companion roadster model, the Royal Mail and soon witnessed sales rise from 13,600 to 70,701.  The Chevrolet “Bow Tie” was trademarked in 1913 and has been one of the most recognizable emblems  that still stands as the company’s marquee today.

General Motors acquired Chevrolet in 1917 and by 1920 was only outsold by Ford and Dodge.  By 1927, Chevrolet had outsold Ford for the first time (though this is an unfair comparison since Ford was shut down for part of the year due to the change over from Model T to the Model A).  In all but four of the next 55 years, Chevrolet will be the top selling American automobile.  The “Cast-Iron Wonder” was produced in 1929 with a 3.2 liter International 6 with an 8’11” wheelbase and detachable disc wheels.  Over 1 million were sold in its first year at $595 each and the engine continued to be manufactured until 1953.

It didn’t take long for Chevrolet to once again take the lead over Ford in 1931 and it continued to stay on top for 3 years.  In 1934 the 10 millionth Chevrolet rolled off the assembly line and soon thereafter came the 15 millionth vehicle in 1939 along with station wagons and prices starting at $628.  Chevrolet offered a power-top convertible with a low price tag by 1940.

By the end of World War II, Chevrolet underwent an extensive restyling and in 1950 they offered the option of a 2-speed Powerglide fully automatic transmission as wells as a hardtop coupe.  Soon after, one of America’s favorite sports cars, the Corvette, was featured with a fiberglass body and 160hp 6-cylinder engine.  However, with the induction of the Corvette on the auto scene, Chevrolet’s lead was down to a narrow 20,000 margin over Ford.  The debut of the Chevrolet Small-Block V8 in 1955 has remained in continuous production since, longer than any other mass-produced engine in the world.  Even though much of the engine has been modified from its original version to include aluminum block and heads, electronic management and fuel injection, the small-block V8 is still used today ranging from 4.8 to 7 liters with outputs from 295 to 638 horsepower. 

A new departure for Chevrolet happened in 1960 with the introduction of the 2.3 liter aircooled flat-6 engine in the rear of the Corvair.  It proved a little too advanced for the market which it was aimed for, but by 1966 had entered with a new lease on life with the option of a 4-speed and 180bhp turbo-supercharged engine. Based on the response from the Corvair, Chevrolet realized the evolution of subsequent models would need to be diversified rather than concentrating on a single model.  In 1963, Chevrolet bridged the gap between the Corvair and Bel Air and Biscayne series and in 1964 the Chevelle was the first to use GM’s perimeter-type chassis frame.  Another new model for 1964 was the Corvette Stingray.  By 1966, along with the specialized Corvair and Corvette, Chevrolet offered the Chevy II in 3 different series, the Chevelle and 5 different full-sized Chevrolet’s from the Biscayne to the Caprice.  Prices ranged from $2,000 to $3,500. 

Another successful model was added to Chevrolet’s lineup in 1967, the sports coupe V8 5.7 liter Camaro with 295hp and front disc brakes.  Even though this was a belated answer to Ford’s Mustang, it proved to be a successful decision for Chevrolet and would carry on as a model until 2002 and carried again in 2010. 

Since its acquisition by General Motors in 1917, Chevrolet has been the highest selling marquee for GM and has had a huge influence on the automobile industry throughout the years by creating innovative designs and features that have pushed the industry with new standards.

 


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1942 Chevrolet Fleetline
1942 Chevrolet Fleetline
views: 12578
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 31376
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 23941
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 37745
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 58978
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 100712
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 20694
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 11195
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 13957
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36096
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29493
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 11839
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 23926
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 12849
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 69360
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 15564
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15440
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 23206
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 17070
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19780
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 63393
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19151
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 16914
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 19564
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19965
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 10683
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 14573
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 22035
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 19259
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 21286
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 175577
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 22189
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 14792
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25386
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 17924
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 18632
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19775
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22757
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 14604
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23902
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 27273
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 74808
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23846
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 39990
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13003
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 11156
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16022
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 10787
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 15323
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22049
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 20790
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 83005
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29195
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 15717
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 81686
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 9041
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 19523
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 10062
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 19277
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14058
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23895
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29836
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36760
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26298
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 102674
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24066
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 30181
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11273
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 13038
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 42581
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 11892
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24700
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 38630
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 25006
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23776
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 44919
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 134992
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 27313
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 75335
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 72607
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 33745
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33961
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 141813
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30680
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 37096
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 70405
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30523
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 72029
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 216428
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 50124
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29608
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 25155
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 21175
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 18535
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 51328
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22655
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 51957
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 43466
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 154264
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 61217
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 36367
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 23924
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 35850
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 75042
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 41344
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 164955
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 30993
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 87744
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 45799
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24912
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 95157
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 106142
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 133652
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 90042
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 207862
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24201
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36279
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 22149
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 20410
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 65614
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 41718
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 20128
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 53100
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 125800
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 16070
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36933
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 37798
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 83319
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 26367
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 110153
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 86534
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 40302
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 74366
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 232689
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 136987
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 77533
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 14621
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 21716
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29283
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 113556
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 36007
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 56682
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 135109
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 11948
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 80459
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 86416
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 63299
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25930
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 12703
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14445
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 78745
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 31025
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 27894
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32346
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 54024
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 86416
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 46862
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35864
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24060
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 20620
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27806
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23145
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27770
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 33771
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 19885
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32153
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 59453
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27164
   
 

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