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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: 12160
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 29856
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 23107
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 36595
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 56818
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 96293
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 10773
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34907
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 13457
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 19914
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 12341
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 23235
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 11465
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28388
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19136
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 14730
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 22334
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 16342
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 67106
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 15212
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 18795
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 61358
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18408
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19100
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 16260
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 10280
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 14093
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 20392
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24431
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 18524
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 171181
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 21259
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 14355
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 21184
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 17917
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22633
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19112
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 14169
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 26394
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 71434
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22155
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 17429
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21449
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 39016
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12657
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15536
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28134
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 14807
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 80149
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23057
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 10864
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 19874
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 10455
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35811
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 13667
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23201
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 15291
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29114
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 79151
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 9809
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 18832
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 18619
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 8817
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 99617
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23119
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 10984
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 29345
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 12722
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 41466
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25631
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 11578
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 130117
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23759
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 24098
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 43378
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37619
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23142
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 26307
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29902
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33280
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 69188
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 32431
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 72598
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 35861
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 136189
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28901
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29482
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 20473
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 24453
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 67884
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 48354
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 69256
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 208206
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 49816
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 49663
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22030
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 40936
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 18070
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 58949
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 34777
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 150389
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24337
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 89233
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 39804
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 34488
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 159581
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 29927
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 44214
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 23333
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 83317
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 72221
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23581
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 19727
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 63082
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 86466
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 21332
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 102538
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 201677
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 40001
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 129747
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35464
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 35200
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 106512
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 82785
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 122140
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 15370
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 25578
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 80126
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 51394
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 36442
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 19512
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 72012
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 131779
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28403
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 13953
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 108563
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 20864
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 227756
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 38307
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 74422
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 77543
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 60886
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25053
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 34142
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 55054
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 82482
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 130173
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 12341
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 11455
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 52512
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31430
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 74972
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 26655
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 30279
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 13959
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 34837
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 44448
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 81272
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23429
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 20088
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27050
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22476
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27034
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 33112
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 19388
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31472
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 57374
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26588
   
 

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