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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: 13442
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 34742
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 25570
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 40541
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 63558
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 110068
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 38077
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 22312
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 14654
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 11945
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 12325
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31426
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 25075
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13805
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 16265
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 18568
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 73559
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 24773
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 21021
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16549
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 18156
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 20707
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 66730
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 21355
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 15515
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 11464
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 21495
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27311
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 23601
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 20421
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 23799
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 183793
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 22913
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 15469
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 19893
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 20755
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 19079
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23906
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26367
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 81153
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29002
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 15861
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16847
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31086
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 88338
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 41665
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 11772
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25326
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 16274
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 22368
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 14064
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23583
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 11421
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 20406
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 10648
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14843
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 20888
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 9523
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25249
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 38451
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 31143
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 86653
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 16602
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26274
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 13774
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 32046
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27519
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11913
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 45051
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 12653
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 108694
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 144182
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26605
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25192
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 48116
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 40368
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 27187
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 39783
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 78719
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35349
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 32271
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 81036
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 29093
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 36609
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 152854
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 31057
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 232366
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 26564
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 77744
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 53543
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 75478
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 32625
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 22885
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 56870
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 47840
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 54668
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 66148
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 39638
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 19554
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 161435
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23840
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26178
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 33001
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 107901
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 95345
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 80824
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 44392
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 25262
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 48997
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 175251
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 38858
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 21810
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37654
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 98680
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 45694
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25443
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 113352
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 23941
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 70776
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 220832
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 140608
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 134204
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 17346
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 21603
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 89696
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 40748
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 117487
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 94595
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 56853
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 28379
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 40935
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 124233
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 146864
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 15670
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 244474
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31475
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 44466
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 83914
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 23598
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 80384
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28165
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 94785
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 85907
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 146878
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 60329
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 13440
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 39781
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 67985
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 12788
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 32335
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15400
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 56896
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 30620
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 33958
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 86539
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 97204
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 37755
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 51458
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 25025
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 21528
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28953
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24207
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 29140
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35043
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 20878
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 33276
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 63681
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28389
   
 

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