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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: 8758
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 19490
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 16122
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 26092
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 38468
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 60864
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 25743
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 13617
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 9917
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 7935
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 8818
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 20668
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 8822
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 17632
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 48804
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 12095
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 16585
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 10990
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14947
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 10111
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 8100
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 13307
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 11471
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 10395
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13498
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 13420
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 45861
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 15144
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 13616
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17917
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 10671
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15512
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 13605
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 129906
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 49284
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 12930
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11159
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 14993
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 12643
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 19440
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 17479
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14749
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16856
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 8918
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 56395
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 11118
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 7996
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8149
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 16346
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21327
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 31530
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 12213
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 14218
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 59848
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17546
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 7260
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11692
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 27953
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 6610
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 14081
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 10585
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23000
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 14352
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32810
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 20495
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8391
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 76982
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 8453
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 9788
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16115
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 23170
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 90591
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29794
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 32612
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17156
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 17377
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 17652
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 90987
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 51173
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23657
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26589
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 19186
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 27276
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 23735
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 39485
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 34982
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 47374
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14045
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22931
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22024
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 50612
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 140370
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 18818
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 36715
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 42366
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 17453
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 14027
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 117040
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 27225
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 22529
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36386
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24968
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 17682
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 45470
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19099
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 28283
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 57072
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 115197
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 21085
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 51935
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 32178
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 14432
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 73254
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28662
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 45203
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 145791
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 98726
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18712
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27435
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 13915
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 57430
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 48930
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14201
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23534
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 18964
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 10878
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 75140
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 26616
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 55872
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 91581
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 37064
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 64979
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 172867
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 90056
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 10206
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 13454
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20471
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 25034
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 49654
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 51245
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 9543
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 8507
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 49058
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 54951
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 87645
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 40740
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16828
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 22062
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 42173
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 10522
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 39664
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 17244
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 24739
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24205
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 45380
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 45037
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26720
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 29116
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 19144
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 16786
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 21684
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 18246
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 20970
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28304
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 15575
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26827
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 43396
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22237
   
 

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