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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: 13281
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 34020
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 25210
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 39951
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 62577
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 107916
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37664
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 14502
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 21964
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 11788
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13599
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 12198
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 24813
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31032
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 72528
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16345
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 16083
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 24481
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 20727
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 18174
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 11301
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 21149
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 15232
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 20902
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 17865
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 20381
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 66072
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 20118
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 23277
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26912
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 181989
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 15325
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 22517
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 23467
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 19620
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25818
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 20540
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28575
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 18823
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23649
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 15561
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 79795
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25032
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16663
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13781
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 41287
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 22059
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22940
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 16067
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30647
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 11260
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 87228
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 11621
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 20601
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 20106
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30858
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 85609
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14684
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 10449
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 16405
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24953
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 38121
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 9393
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25783
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 107357
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 31676
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 13596
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11757
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 44570
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 12475
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27217
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26197
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 47415
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 26692
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 39981
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24904
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 142175
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 28756
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 39155
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 31934
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35043
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 36006
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 77309
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 150500
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 79829
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 74246
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30743
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 52846
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 76494
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 22520
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 32142
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 26256
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 228701
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 38857
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 64972
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 159850
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 55657
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 47054
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 53934
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23609
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 19313
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 105010
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 24948
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 79472
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 93548
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 48328
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 172977
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 32527
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25916
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 38032
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 43727
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 111696
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 139092
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 96752
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25196
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 23530
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 69621
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 21485
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37359
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 44632
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 217825
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 17106
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 131933
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 40028
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 55911
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 27960
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 115732
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 40172
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 88199
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 21245
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 92674
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 82384
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 241165
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 23162
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 121640
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 43620
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 15487
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 78782
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 144491
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30802
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 12610
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 92871
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 59287
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 13277
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 143932
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 84646
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 38932
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 66942
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27563
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15185
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 56224
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 29972
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 32070
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 33648
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 84693
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 37355
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 94488
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 50361
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24791
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 21340
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28694
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23978
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28821
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 34696
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 20657
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32996
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 62477
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28089
   
 

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