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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: 13069
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 33221
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 24849
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 39341
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 61508
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 105859
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 14332
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 11590
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 21625
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37243
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 24569
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 12075
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30638
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13334
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 71617
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 17850
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 20409
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16066
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 15919
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 23972
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20788
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 11141
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 20403
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 17553
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 65343
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 15021
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 20024
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26486
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 23113
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 19829
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 22133
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 180274
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 15160
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 22961
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 19323
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28175
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 20328
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 18574
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 15288
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 78376
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25194
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23389
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 21684
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 40880
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 11466
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 85978
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24654
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16448
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22677
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 11116
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13531
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30178
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 15847
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37694
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 10321
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14492
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30550
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 20298
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 16191
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 84451
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 9273
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 19858
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24622
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43862
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11602
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 13423
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 12274
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 31267
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26935
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25184
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 105838
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 26175
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 39613
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24508
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 140090
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 46663
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25747
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34754
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 78489
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 75881
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 35445
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 38476
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 28340
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 148070
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 31573
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 75239
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30415
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31641
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 73046
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 22096
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 25958
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 52162
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 225195
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 38160
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 19090
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 54488
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 63848
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 158135
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 46237
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 53165
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23272
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 102098
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 37342
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 47577
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 32032
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25593
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 78122
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 24656
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 170824
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 43015
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 91816
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 110149
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37041
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 21136
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 94829
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24959
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 23156
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 68471
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 43694
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 137507
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 214801
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 39053
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 20874
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 114121
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 55085
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 39394
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 90721
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 86708
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 27504
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 129822
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 16776
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 142202
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 238144
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 119260
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 15269
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 77536
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 80812
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30245
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 22695
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 42600
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 65904
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 38107
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26983
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 58382
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 13105
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 141159
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 90869
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 12441
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 83459
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 55591
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14972
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 29354
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 33250
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 82842
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 31722
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 91992
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36894
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 49418
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24581
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 21150
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28438
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23773
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28500
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 34441
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 20471
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32729
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 61460
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27849
   
 

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