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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: 10958
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 25739
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 20653
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 32730
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 50249
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 82103
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 17547
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31764
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 12214
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 9733
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 25806
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 11142
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 10564
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 21474
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17656
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 20360
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13295
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 14559
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 14230
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 59667
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 14568
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 12705
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 56146
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16947
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16696
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 16717
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 9500
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 16716
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 21889
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 18988
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 13159
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 17892
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 155116
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18866
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17551
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19480
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 23916
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 62249
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13099
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 15991
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 20675
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 16119
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11144
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 70676
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14286
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 9642
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19648
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20917
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 9879
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 13577
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 25978
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 17908
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 36577
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 12434
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 71965
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8974
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 8116
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 16947
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32944
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 14088
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 21062
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27169
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 17087
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 27092
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20629
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 10454
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 11682
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23828
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 10102
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 38449
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 90221
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21182
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35011
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 21239
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 114353
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 21748
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 39591
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 57469
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31361
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 23642
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31862
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 29402
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27682
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 117867
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 64073
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 60402
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 43101
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26743
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26659
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22621
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 61920
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 18147
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 181836
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 35639
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 44953
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 20404
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 30290
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 44317
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 16671
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 52343
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 138273
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22474
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30770
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 39859
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 63583
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21470
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 71989
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 71098
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 142402
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 35485
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 26874
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 180460
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 75494
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 117339
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33201
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 90883
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 18834
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17640
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 56161
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 35261
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21899
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 23175
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 110082
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 70063
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 46105
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30975
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 33012
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 13767
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 68951
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17752
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 94642
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 18421
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25582
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 63383
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 116016
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 33252
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 209253
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 65403
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 92289
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 12616
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 52534
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 113562
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 11358
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22168
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 50089
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 68842
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 69196
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 29503
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 10305
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 12808
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 47862
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28879
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 63138
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 23059
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 28371
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 38520
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 66138
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31944
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 21938
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 18873
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 25155
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 21021
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24966
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 18057
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31415
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 29944
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 52885
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25111
   
 

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