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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: 9029
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 20461
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 16749
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 27100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 40119
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 63789
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 26678
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 14231
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 8184
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 10239
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 18208
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21379
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 9178
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 9065
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 12390
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 10501
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 50281
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15358
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 17127
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 11985
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 13746
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 10691
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 8219
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 47387
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13956
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 13855
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 11906
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 14206
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15949
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 15753
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18446
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 133411
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 10937
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 14022
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15084
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11460
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18005
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 51004
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 20081
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15579
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 13064
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 13370
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 32360
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 8266
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 11430
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17434
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8426
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 14674
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 12499
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 16838
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 9257
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 58195
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21941
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 14727
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28793
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23523
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18117
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 10813
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 6864
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 14491
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 7496
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12030
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 61567
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8673
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 8687
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 78747
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16739
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21072
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 10027
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33620
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 23785
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30623
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 33618
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17782
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 18146
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 93963
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18147
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24151
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 94690
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 53036
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 24528
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 27847
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 19774
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27367
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 42071
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23443
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14626
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 19449
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22770
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 36232
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 49204
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 52415
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 146332
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 23739
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 17860
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 28754
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 37871
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 43865
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 120354
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 14419
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 37552
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 59320
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 48923
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 33487
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19571
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 18294
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 29266
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 53616
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 21893
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 119305
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25893
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 75840
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29343
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28654
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 15041
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 60116
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14556
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 46650
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 101540
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 150797
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19135
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24680
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 11239
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 38372
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 51713
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 78097
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14794
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 94584
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 19567
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 27459
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 58095
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 26101
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 21280
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14132
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 94106
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 68896
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 10495
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 53251
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 177944
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 51893
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 9799
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17646
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 56909
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 51787
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 8696
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 91036
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 43264
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 42349
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 23070
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 25247
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 10838
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 17951
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 47881
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24898
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 40912
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27447
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 30464
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 47823
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 19568
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 17098
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22213
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 18668
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 21593
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28709
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 15950
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27253
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 44930
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22637
   
 

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