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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: 8939
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 20200
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 16559
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 26793
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 39615
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 63004
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 14087
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 26397
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 10142
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 8101
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 8998
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21180
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 9065
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 18047
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 11589
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 49834
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 10384
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15252
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 12309
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 16973
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 13736
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 8182
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 11783
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 10614
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 13617
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13820
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 46908
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 10871
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 132343
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15814
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 15596
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 13898
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 14023
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18282
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 50509
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 17843
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 12936
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15390
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11359
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14989
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 13230
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 19922
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21754
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17266
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 16695
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 11346
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 12402
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 57661
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 32075
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 9150
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 14524
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 8191
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8353
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23361
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 6791
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 61091
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11922
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 14599
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 10746
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17957
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28523
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 7421
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 14363
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 78211
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 20898
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33393
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 23600
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16567
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 8618
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 9965
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8596
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 33299
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 17983
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17607
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 92911
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30388
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 17832
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27120
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 24300
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 93597
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 52495
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 19594
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 41235
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 27675
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24022
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 19243
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 51843
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 48702
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14444
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 144608
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23295
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 35824
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22533
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 17761
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 28226
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 37492
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 43443
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 23339
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 119318
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 14272
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 37217
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 21661
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 118020
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 18119
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25598
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 28936
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 58667
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 53148
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 33150
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 47909
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19432
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 149336
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29173
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 14866
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 46197
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14344
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 100700
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 75081
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28340
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19002
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 59334
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14614
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 37932
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 50820
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 19376
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 11128
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24342
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 27213
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 77195
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 93593
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 57419
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 52713
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 13929
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 21030
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 176399
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 25744
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 92813
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 10406
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 67705
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 51281
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 22782
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 56349
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 41894
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 51026
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 8647
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17422
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 9740
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 90034
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 42939
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 25076
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24699
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 47130
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 40527
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 17754
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 10742
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 46950
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 30065
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27257
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 19442
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 16991
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22076
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 18567
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 21430
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28588
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 15827
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27098
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 44491
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22512
   
 

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