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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: 8302
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 17716
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 15068
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 24406
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 35573
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 56282
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 24362
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 9442
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 12530
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 7618
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 19504
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 8427
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 8329
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 16776
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 11614
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 10343
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 9553
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14299
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 46670
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 15688
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 7888
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 12483
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 12784
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 12748
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 10714
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 9860
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43611
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 14293
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 124340
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 12934
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14742
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16911
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 10227
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 12511
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 12159
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 16591
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14006
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 10610
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 46391
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 11908
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13884
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 18301
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 15547
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 53410
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 20312
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15911
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 7609
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 10625
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 30301
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 8348
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 7725
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 13415
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 11718
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 26479
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 10117
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16543
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 13739
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11078
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 6252
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 6888
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 56946
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22038
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 13384
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19676
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 8072
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 73710
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 9354
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15014
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 22079
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31435
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 7954
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28372
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 30980
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 16803
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 16321
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 85210
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15994
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25278
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 18183
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 35414
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 84993
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 22244
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 48248
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22551
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 26331
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21976
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 17815
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 32962
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20730
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 47732
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 130734
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 12940
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 44551
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 25379
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 34028
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 16775
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 13286
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 111848
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 20584
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 39837
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 34572
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 30301
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23428
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 26507
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 53257
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 40380
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 16619
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 49093
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18181
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 19530
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 108508
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 138108
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 12868
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25222
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 93670
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 13441
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 27624
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 42619
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 68885
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 17946
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 53224
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 25035
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 13111
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 17814
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 70435
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 21642
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 10354
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 44141
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 86793
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 51933
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 34867
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 48038
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 12269
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 164369
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 23048
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 58068
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 46157
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 83540
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19104
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 9735
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 40131
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15613
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 44762
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 51862
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 9035
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 81975
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 20360
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 8133
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 38172
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 41317
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 9947
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 37570
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23057
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 16088
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 23876
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 26870
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 25385
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 40794
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 18406
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 16282
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 20928
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 17622
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 19976
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27660
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 15053
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26118
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 40894
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 21461
   
 

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