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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: 12057
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 29515
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 22893
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 36255
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 56322
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 95093
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 10673
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 13323
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 19718
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34655
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 12242
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 11405
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 23131
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28166
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19013
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 66460
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 22169
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 14580
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 15117
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 16160
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 16086
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 18635
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18256
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 10182
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18872
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 60864
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 13969
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 169987
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24174
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 21063
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 20187
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 18366
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 14256
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 20970
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 70601
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22312
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21999
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 17762
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18927
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 26167
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 14071
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 17293
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 19679
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22879
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15398
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21317
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 27919
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 38836
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 10776
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 79447
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 14684
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12547
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 10373
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 9743
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 18477
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 13516
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23023
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 78558
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 8773
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 18660
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35574
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28950
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 15157
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22888
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25472
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 41241
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 11468
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 98932
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 29135
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 10926
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 12611
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 128967
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23520
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22841
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 23871
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 43076
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37430
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33112
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 68346
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 134692
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29722
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 71892
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 26102
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 35490
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 32219
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 47908
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 67198
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29203
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 20261
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 205971
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 24286
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 68598
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28744
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 17949
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21907
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 34356
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 40439
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 49297
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 58348
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 149431
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 49266
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 23178
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 34130
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24212
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 87773
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 29655
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 82337
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 158123
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 43846
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 71506
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 39466
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 101632
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 85555
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 19495
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 199898
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23430
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35299
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 128780
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 39577
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 21130
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 62527
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 25382
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 81709
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 19353
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 121275
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 34790
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 105578
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 79343
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 50869
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 15251
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 36122
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 13843
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 107282
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 71291
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28153
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 226521
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 37838
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 73619
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 130544
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 20625
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 128812
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 60249
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 81332
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 33672
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 11354
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 12239
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 54700
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 76851
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24775
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 30143
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31223
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 73975
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 26347
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 52089
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 13849
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 80009
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 34611
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 43946
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23304
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 20002
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26884
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22356
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26892
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32957
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 19269
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31345
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 57006
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26414
   
 

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