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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: 10285
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 23850
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 19344
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 30803
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 46845
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 75515
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 16452
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30104
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 11530
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 9153
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 10411
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 10064
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 24250
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 20462
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 19284
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 56200
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16929
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 12350
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 13763
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 13564
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 9027
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15967
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 13720
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 15631
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 12009
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 53167
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15650
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 147318
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 16685
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 17834
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 12309
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 15825
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17897
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20815
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18151
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22555
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16721
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 15183
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12552
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19837
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 58120
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 15171
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 10480
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 9174
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 13685
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 9362
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 66216
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 12878
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18625
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 35312
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 16806
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19625
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 24991
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 16298
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 16084
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 68076
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31462
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 11850
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25869
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13459
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 7686
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8433
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20120
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22860
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 26001
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19145
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 9582
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 11096
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36776
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 9753
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 86085
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20001
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 20498
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 37506
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 107104
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33616
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 20082
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 109222
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 27662
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 52419
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30346
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30043
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 22297
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26445
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 60210
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 56527
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 40669
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25448
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25282
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17031
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21517
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 169388
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 58657
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 132617
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 32930
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19549
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 42670
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 15973
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 49447
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 27969
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 41946
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 37703
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 134265
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 60238
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28979
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 33295
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 20454
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 63357
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 67594
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25137
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21480
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 52838
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 170344
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31879
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 70257
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 17557
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 20925
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 33010
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 16643
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 112170
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 85800
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 105063
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 21948
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28810
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 31067
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 63458
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 89012
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 16801
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 66007
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 12925
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 43579
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 60943
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24167
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 59908
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 30680
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 84593
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 11857
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 200233
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 108780
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17054
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 63010
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 105712
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 10916
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 27152
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 48689
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 9704
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 47785
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 64809
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20552
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 27419
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 45443
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 21171
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 58113
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 12120
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27571
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 35703
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 59518
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 30442
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 21160
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 18288
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24148
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 20209
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23894
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 30524
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 17352
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 29120
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 50375
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24267
   
 

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