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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: 12327
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 30420
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 23449
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 37000
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 57605
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 97893
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 10937
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35285
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 20221
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 13634
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 23429
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 11600
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28788
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 12525
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 22628
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 16596
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 14980
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 15330
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19374
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 67856
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19426
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18676
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 16498
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 14254
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 10440
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 62120
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 19078
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24799
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 14491
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 172715
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 21588
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 18782
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 20751
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 21451
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 26691
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22336
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 72521
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 18184
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23081
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 14335
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19378
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 17597
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28490
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 20195
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 81122
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 10602
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 15006
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 10995
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12781
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21666
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15729
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23341
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 39350
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 9904
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 8894
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 80127
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 13816
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 19085
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29410
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 15455
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 18872
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36155
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23452
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 41882
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 12837
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 11712
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 29678
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11076
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 100701
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23477
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25860
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24125
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 24420
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 131923
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23385
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 43922
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 38024
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 138207
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33539
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 32907
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30191
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36355
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 26675
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 70500
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 73534
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29170
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 70184
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29893
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 68850
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 211362
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 49021
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 24733
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 20715
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 151789
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 41746
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 18231
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 50271
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 50557
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 59666
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22261
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 35322
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 30341
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 34994
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 73243
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 91290
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 44825
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 161615
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 40289
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 23557
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24546
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 84741
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 103767
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 19971
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 131070
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23826
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 63942
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 203972
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35738
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 21617
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 40597
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 87665
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 36908
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 25895
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 81245
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 35851
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 19765
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 15571
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 123477
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 52053
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 107763
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 84142
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 72819
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 14131
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 229567
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 110413
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 39037
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28761
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 75563
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 21212
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 133649
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 83964
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 61752
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 78647
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 34827
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 131995
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 12458
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 55643
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25342
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 11629
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 76381
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 30535
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14165
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 53020
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 27085
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31746
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 83017
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 45234
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35204
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23684
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 20264
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27302
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22723
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27278
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 33352
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 19582
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31707
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 58161
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26811
   
 

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