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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: 9273
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 21236
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 17401
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 27829
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 41628
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 66069
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 10534
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 27410
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 14706
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 8394
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 18673
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21947
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 9428
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 9309
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 12649
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 51500
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 12516
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 10809
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15709
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 17650
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 14139
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 10961
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 48633
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14234
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 14359
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 12300
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 8381
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 16260
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18906
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 14763
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 14413
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16382
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 11217
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 136196
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 52484
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 13840
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18427
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 13510
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15378
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16147
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 20621
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11707
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 12742
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 8495
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8633
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 9522
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22397
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 17183
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17884
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 11696
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 33041
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 59712
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 15117
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12348
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29371
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 7678
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 14865
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18599
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 11009
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 62885
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 15072
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 7038
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23981
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 10228
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21452
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 80212
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17234
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8851
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 8882
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 24242
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34368
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18558
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 18651
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 34471
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31246
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18300
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 96563
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 25231
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 44153
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 54443
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28313
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24581
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 97531
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27922
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 20323
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15112
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23340
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 50515
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 19923
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 37241
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23901
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 53682
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 150987
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 38332
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 14809
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 38830
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 29666
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18208
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 123016
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 44964
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 24605
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 122500
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 22606
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 51964
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26558
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 54919
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 18821
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 30096
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 34412
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 61016
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19990
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 62261
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 103838
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 48016
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29557
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 154623
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19545
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 77988
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 15634
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29951
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15040
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 11586
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 80177
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25491
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15228
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 59652
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 54102
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 96667
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 39346
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 28213
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 20105
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 10771
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 27079
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14762
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 53612
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 54751
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 72004
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 97043
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 182153
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 21868
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 44300
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 58396
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 23897
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 8880
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18244
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 53947
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 43852
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 10062
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 93929
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 18549
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 49886
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 11124
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 25723
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 41864
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 25432
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28112
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 50026
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 31420
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 19962
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 17379
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22628
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 19016
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22093
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 16244
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 29100
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27646
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 46174
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23000
   
 

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