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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: 10635
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 24808
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 20029
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 31831
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 48543
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 79143
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31040
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 17057
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 9468
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 11879
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 10788
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 25041
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 20969
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 10331
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 12778
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 57980
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 19834
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17317
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 13924
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 14176
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16171
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 54646
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 14194
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 9216
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16533
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 16225
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 12345
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 151039
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 17248
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 18456
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 21396
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18400
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 16262
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 12712
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18866
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 15664
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12824
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17152
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 20280
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 15645
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 60191
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 23242
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14000
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 68433
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 25524
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 35985
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 9391
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 13230
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20311
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 10852
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 17417
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 9591
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19148
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13774
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26569
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8746
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 12112
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 70015
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32242
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20670
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 16726
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 16522
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 7891
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 26573
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23387
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37601
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 10150
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 11375
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 88172
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20009
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 9860
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20675
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 21134
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34301
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 111037
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 20688
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 38557
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31175
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30696
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27104
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 54908
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 62137
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 113653
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 28587
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 22919
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26149
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17634
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 60347
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 41968
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25985
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22063
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 175780
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 58652
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 135467
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 43144
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 29166
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 50902
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 20002
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 43874
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 16364
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 34147
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21986
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 69763
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 26069
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29929
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 38834
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 34410
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 138275
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21023
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 61940
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 67155
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 18258
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 114815
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 54465
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32550
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17193
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21443
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 175681
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 88296
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 72825
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 34205
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 22633
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 44975
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 91934
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 32123
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17288
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30001
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 66095
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 107642
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 13407
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 68012
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 88484
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 31979
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 112514
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 205173
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 61711
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 12261
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24897
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17795
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 63381
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 10007
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 66783
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 11123
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 66205
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 109633
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 50605
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 21426
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 28345
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 49020
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 27970
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 60797
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 12495
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 22149
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28261
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 46671
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 37160
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31160
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 62931
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 21568
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 18565
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24668
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 20610
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24422
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 17728
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31018
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 29573
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 51671
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24754
   
 

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