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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: 10047
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 23311
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 18967
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 30153
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 45772
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 73090
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 16102
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 11315
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29497
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 8977
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 10212
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 20096
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 23693
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 9925
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 12064
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 55093
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 13371
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 13510
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16722
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 18958
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 13430
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15590
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 15305
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 52185
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 11820
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 8923
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15313
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 17465
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17556
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 144725
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 15500
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 12056
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 16307
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20458
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16428
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17724
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12387
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 14914
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22101
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 56846
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19550
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 14822
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19223
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 9071
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 16448
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 10281
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 23695
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 13470
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18306
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 12663
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 34769
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 64680
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 9227
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 7557
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13269
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25470
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 15853
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31043
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 11687
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 16030
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19771
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 66876
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8265
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22522
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18735
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 25609
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 9557
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 9429
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36185
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 84753
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 10906
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19730
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 104528
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33193
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 36872
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 20123
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19630
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 50691
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29681
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 59020
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 106470
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 21876
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 27158
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29863
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26065
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24874
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 16599
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 39887
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 57430
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 165004
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21193
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 55015
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25082
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 130546
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 41901
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 32176
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 41199
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 15711
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19251
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 48505
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 27188
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 24530
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 32622
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28474
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 36992
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 131511
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 66190
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 59099
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21173
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 61024
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 20116
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 68402
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 51844
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 16301
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31448
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 20655
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 17165
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 32295
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 84139
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 166653
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 110348
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 12580
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 42625
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 86826
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 16415
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 61204
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 21535
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28186
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 103276
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 64567
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 30432
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 58613
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23661
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 196420
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 106057
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 29900
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 11627
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 81951
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 16452
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 59285
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20072
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 63510
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 26451
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 102950
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 47581
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 10778
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 9543
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 60995
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 47052
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27113
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 27095
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 56285
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 11930
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 44641
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 20554
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 34740
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 57300
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 29973
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 20928
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 18116
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23815
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 19952
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23507
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 30223
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 17124
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28790
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 49522
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24002
   
 

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