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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: 9231
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 21143
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 17299
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 27723
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 41445
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 65810
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 10487
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 8369
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 14632
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 27304
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 9388
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21862
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 9276
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 18599
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 10772
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 12612
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 51349
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15662
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 12477
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 17593
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14157
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 14289
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 10921
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 12243
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 8367
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 48464
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 14081
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 14698
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 14332
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 135794
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16325
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 16171
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18846
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 11172
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18377
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11675
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 52275
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16086
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15324
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 13797
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 13435
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 20552
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 17147
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 11665
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 8475
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 9494
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17826
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 12701
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22354
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8608
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 32956
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 15048
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 59513
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23920
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12320
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18523
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 62728
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 10993
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 7020
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 15024
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 7650
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 14830
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29308
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 8862
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17176
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8826
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21408
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 80007
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 24191
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34263
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 10200
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18507
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 34370
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31180
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18240
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 96266
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 18590
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 25165
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 43909
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 20254
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24528
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28267
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 54274
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 97166
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27848
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 19844
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 150410
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 37130
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 53558
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23836
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23279
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15068
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 50354
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 29555
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 38233
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 44827
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18169
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 38709
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 122648
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 14781
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 24526
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 22519
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 18764
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 30001
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19931
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26486
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 122113
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 51564
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 54766
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 34318
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 60813
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 103533
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 15561
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19493
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 154202
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 77725
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 62018
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29447
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 47822
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29853
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14995
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 11524
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 79922
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25368
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 59463
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15168
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 28127
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 39233
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 53812
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 96429
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 20048
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 54586
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 10723
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 53404
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 21811
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 96710
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 181630
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 71626
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14708
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 26950
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 8854
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18161
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 93576
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 58203
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 43674
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 44167
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 53626
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 23808
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 10029
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 25347
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 41730
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 25647
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 18472
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 49649
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 11076
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 49733
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 31326
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28018
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 19903
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 17344
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22562
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 18949
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22006
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 16199
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 29037
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27572
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 46003
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22931
   
 

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