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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: 9200
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 21050
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 17215
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 27626
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 41243
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 65524
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 10434
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 27218
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 14578
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 8345
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 9357
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21782
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 18535
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 9250
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 51201
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 10734
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 12443
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 12582
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15619
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 17534
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 14234
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 8345
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 10882
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 12196
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 14028
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 48307
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14108
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 135439
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16283
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 14291
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 16101
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 14633
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 11132
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18799
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 13749
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18315
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11651
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 20476
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15298
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16001
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 52085
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 13387
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 17112
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 8448
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 14981
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 9454
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 32860
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22293
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 59315
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17773
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8585
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 12678
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 11641
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 14793
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 7637
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29249
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 14994
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 7002
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12275
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 10972
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18468
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23866
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 62568
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 8837
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17127
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21369
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34168
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 79781
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8804
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 10185
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 24141
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18180
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 95880
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 18517
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 34245
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31106
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18449
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 96809
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28218
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24483
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 54086
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 20203
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27764
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 43623
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 25078
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 36955
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23793
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15007
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 53385
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 50212
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23217
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 149711
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 19802
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 38580
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 38118
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 44686
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18109
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 122263
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 14728
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 24405
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 29444
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19878
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 60596
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 34192
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26421
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 18690
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 54614
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 121722
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 22446
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 29929
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 51173
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29807
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14932
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 61739
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 15474
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 103258
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 153664
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29344
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19434
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 77452
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 47665
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25271
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15121
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 19977
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 96155
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 11487
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 59254
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 39115
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 28020
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 79609
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 53505
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 54382
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14641
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 10689
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 181075
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 71254
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 96306
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 53193
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 21741
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 26840
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 8829
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 23699
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 53381
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 43371
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 58010
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 9994
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 93149
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18098
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 44042
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 49431
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 41606
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 25285
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 18387
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 11048
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 25581
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27948
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 49442
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 31228
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 19848
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 17315
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22504
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 18900
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 21950
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28998
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 16163
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27522
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 45862
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22897
   
 

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