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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: 12460
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 30914
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 23724
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 37434
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 58380
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 99425
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 20472
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 11104
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35729
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 13833
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 12732
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 23699
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29162
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 11742
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 22964
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 15458
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 68600
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 16872
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15249
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19614
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 14451
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 19344
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 16758
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 10569
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 62799
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19753
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18972
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 21055
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 174247
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 21938
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 21784
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 14685
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25147
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 19071
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19639
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 14469
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 18454
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 73761
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22549
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 17783
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23541
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 27015
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 11085
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 39683
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12900
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28897
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15891
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 15215
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 20520
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 82159
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23625
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 10704
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21891
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 8948
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 81052
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 9986
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29647
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23721
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 15614
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 19124
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 13953
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36451
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 19303
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 29977
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 42316
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 101772
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23804
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11165
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26121
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 11797
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 12948
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 44506
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 24757
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24440
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23606
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 38359
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 133660
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30482
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36737
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33778
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 140196
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 33400
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 71627
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 74504
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 27051
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29413
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 69653
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 20963
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 71111
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30248
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 24951
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 214075
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 49633
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 42675
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 50829
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 18398
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 60506
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 153137
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22495
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 35934
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 51312
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 86586
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24756
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 45396
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 93336
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 40876
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 74246
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 163435
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 30700
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 35461
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 23757
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 105075
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 88936
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24061
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 41211
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 206093
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 21890
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36038
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 64853
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 132518
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 20194
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 85449
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 37405
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 82362
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 26142
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 15826
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36464
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 52649
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 19998
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 124804
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 109004
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 21477
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 231317
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 112114
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 14394
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 73614
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29076
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 135495
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 39714
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 76680
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 11842
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 56225
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 133788
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 12609
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 62539
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 79675
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 35490
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 85277
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25662
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 27537
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 53560
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32084
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 77684
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14332
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 30846
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 84860
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 46129
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35557
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23922
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 20502
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27583
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22993
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27580
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 19736
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 33605
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31972
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 58893
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27025
   
 

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