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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: 12745
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 32020
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 24286
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 38269
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 59881
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 102576
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 20993
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36517
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 14076
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 11330
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 11922
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13024
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29845
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 24141
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19976
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 15693
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 17353
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 70226
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15676
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 23469
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 10822
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 19820
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19429
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 14722
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 64088
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20257
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 17122
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 14917
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 19431
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 22539
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 177404
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 21576
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25771
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 22329
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 27574
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 76053
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24388
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23015
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 14814
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19954
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 18117
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 18825
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 40287
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 11267
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22265
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13143
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29563
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 21122
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24157
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16159
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 10907
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 84114
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 15457
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 15873
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 10146
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30104
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 82628
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14195
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 9118
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 19805
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 19460
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24148
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37105
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24455
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26504
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 30545
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 42991
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 13156
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 12022
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 103774
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11380
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 25412
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 45514
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 38963
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23998
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25065
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 136844
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 27703
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 76432
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 34497
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34237
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 37552
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 73864
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 144180
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30965
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 219593
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 25438
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 21481
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29884
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 50885
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30893
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 71334
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 73288
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 18696
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 52864
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 62143
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22851
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 37007
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 51954
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 155669
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 44573
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 46476
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 76083
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 31367
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 24168
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 41937
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36346
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25145
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 97643
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 167438
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 89230
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 20639
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 91489
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 135088
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24395
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 107559
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 22477
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 66523
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36535
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 210309
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 42372
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 26751
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 111552
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 84562
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 88063
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 127217
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 37637
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 20363
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 53732
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 38335
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 16313
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 138861
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 75448
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 14838
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 22063
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 78721
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 115347
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 234603
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 41063
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29612
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 12059
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 87899
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26271
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 36793
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 57265
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 81530
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 12869
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 137110
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 64175
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 80108
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 54577
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 28362
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 31255
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14602
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32667
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 47805
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36216
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 88263
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24229
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 20780
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28041
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23355
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28011
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 20085
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 34018
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32327
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 60147
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27367
   
 

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