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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: 14196
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 38017
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 27162
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 42999
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 67584
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
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1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 15397
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 39853
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 23672
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 12623
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 26077
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 14653
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 12867
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33233
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 26094
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17561
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 16967
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 22301
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 19890
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 77293
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 19424
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 69399
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23018
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 22454
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 16416
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 23427
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 11975
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 24984
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29334
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 24371
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 25324
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 191514
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 16139
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 21652
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 86479
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28645
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 21279
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 21819
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 16983
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30738
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25088
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 20291
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17729
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 12511
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 12245
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26998
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 17394
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 93145
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 24074
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32470
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 43438
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 14969
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24579
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 21460
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26530
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 32598
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 11272
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 40110
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 91263
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 22203
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 17479
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 10143
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15866
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28215
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28964
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 33819
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 47102
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13428
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12526
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14670
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 113903
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 42118
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 29254
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 151712
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 51040
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26467
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28223
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36654
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 85676
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 42433
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 84256
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 161799
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 33974
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 30703
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 39333
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 34662
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28311
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 32428
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 80991
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 245574
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 56732
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 24484
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 82425
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 51220
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24958
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 70454
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 20637
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 57571
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 42843
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 168357
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 61454
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 26633
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 102302
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 35700
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 86610
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 47104
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 52068
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27692
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 184229
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 118181
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 41887
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 233484
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 119697
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 105210
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 75188
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 39081
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26734
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 23315
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 146308
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 25701
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 49757
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 44644
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 95783
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 60117
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 124432
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 43502
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 30300
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 101005
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 18923
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 142675
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 23076
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 257538
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 132597
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 33786
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25489
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 155587
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 48365
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 16689
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 85325
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 89407
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30530
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 101323
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14160
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 90546
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 63935
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 13518
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 72557
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 43035
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 157037
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 93063
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 33264
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 16458
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35403
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 59454
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 33500
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 106566
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 55568
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 39608
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26094
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22402
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 30102
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 25440
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 30663
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 21585
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36152
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 34416
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 67521
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29444