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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: 10429
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 24201
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 19603
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 31147
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 47427
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 76836
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30466
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 11652
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 9286
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 16694
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 20646
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 24515
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 10554
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 10181
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 56796
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 13712
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 12540
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17089
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 19479
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 13916
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16168
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 15824
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 53652
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 12138
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 9106
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 13903
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15827
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 21002
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 15974
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18067
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 16897
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 12472
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 18076
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 148586
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22810
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16870
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18411
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 15337
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12642
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19992
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 15358
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 58870
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 35555
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 10627
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 67068
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 9254
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 13019
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 25200
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 13812
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 17054
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19872
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18812
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 9441
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 7749
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 11944
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20338
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13573
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 68700
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31720
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 16238
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8545
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26095
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 16461
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 11198
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19435
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 9688
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 9887
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37077
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 26204
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23071
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 86814
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33860
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 37836
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 20308
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 108485
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 20717
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20188
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 110732
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26681
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30271
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 27974
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 60840
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 53314
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 22517
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30611
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 59216
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25559
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21706
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 57141
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 41086
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17242
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25694
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 171610
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 42360
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19722
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 16107
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 133626
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 43097
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 33314
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 28360
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 49927
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 38076
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21671
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 135622
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29278
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 68314
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 64528
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 60827
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25443
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 33704
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 20656
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 53363
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21119
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 16852
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 86625
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32099
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 172119
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 33400
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 71079
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 113107
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 17801
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29225
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 44094
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 64394
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 31425
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 90023
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 13128
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 106039
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 66663
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 22163
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 16968
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 60570
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 110040
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17273
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 31150
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 61765
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24441
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 12011
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 85904
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 202006
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 49375
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 10987
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 65511
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 27540
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 48152
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 64093
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20844
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 9814
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 107009
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 27611
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 45839
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27842
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 59056
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 12259
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 21530
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 60739
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 36190
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 30699
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 21328
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 18401
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24353
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 20363
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24091
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 30713
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 17493
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 29283
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 50813
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24463
   
 

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