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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: 11663
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 28151
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 22105
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 34995
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 54186
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 90658
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 18972
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 10352
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33660
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 12950
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 11862
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 27409
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 22603
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 11117
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 21541
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 64546
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 14098
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18511
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 15567
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 14813
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 59239
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 17895
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18085
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 15518
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17692
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 13540
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 9932
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 165333
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 17823
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 20299
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23279
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 19360
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 20353
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 13914
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 21161
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21476
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 16813
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 67869
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 17236
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 25359
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18470
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13765
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 10170
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 27257
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 10477
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15006
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22196
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 38051
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 14278
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 19016
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12169
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 76604
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 20756
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22215
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 17968
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 76255
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34745
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 8572
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 13147
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 18057
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 14783
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 9503
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28301
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22036
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 40211
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 11144
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24838
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 10678
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 28389
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 12274
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 96110
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22218
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 23080
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 41833
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36534
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 123820
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22647
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28964
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 64814
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 69283
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 128638
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 33793
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 31129
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32495
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 25190
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28024
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 197493
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28212
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 64726
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 66066
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 19497
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 23722
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 46294
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 38708
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 32930
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21390
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 47691
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 17487
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 56170
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 145442
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 47532
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 152485
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22593
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 69066
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 81995
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 78788
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23610
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 28727
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 38056
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 32877
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 42360
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 193432
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 18831
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 20273
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22851
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 37885
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 124744
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 82004
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34616
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 60325
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 98147
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 76119
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 34922
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 76731
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 14809
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 117452
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 24618
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 33359
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 49047
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 101790
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 18815
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 70616
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 220837
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 125617
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27213
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 19915
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 68475
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 13428
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 102189
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 36100
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 11914
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23920
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 10986
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 57691
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 31987
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 123340
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 53079
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 74231
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 77009
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 30457
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 13457
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 50586
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 25152
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 29474
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 70242
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 41977
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 33675
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 75114
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22780
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 19642
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26263
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 21870
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26245
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 18854
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32433
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 30868
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 55630
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25983
   
 

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