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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: 10759
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 25220
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 20302
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 32222
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 49299
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 80522
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 17282
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 9590
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 12025
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31369
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 10428
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 21211
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 10937
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 25402
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 14055
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17486
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 14350
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13091
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 20082
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 58728
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 12522
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16734
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 55393
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 9341
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 16456
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 14377
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16444
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 12920
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 18702
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 17551
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18612
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 153208
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 16497
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 21624
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12945
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 15893
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 15812
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 61171
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17333
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19122
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 23534
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 20457
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 36246
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 13398
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 10990
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 17640
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14105
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 9731
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 25720
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 9507
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 69423
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19392
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20605
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 12255
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26847
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 7989
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 16689
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 16879
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8823
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20851
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32576
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 70915
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13916
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 10295
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37972
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 11537
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 89069
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23602
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20291
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 9969
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 26795
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 20923
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34634
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20930
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 112561
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 39023
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 21432
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31002
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31479
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 23256
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27365
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 63089
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 115558
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 28984
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 56103
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 178594
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26429
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17870
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 42509
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22332
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26311
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 61158
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 59408
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 136637
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 44397
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 20169
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 43674
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 29716
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 34807
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 16496
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 51629
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30326
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 26402
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 39348
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22224
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 70835
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 62749
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 140319
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21231
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 34962
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 68951
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 89426
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 18522
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 74083
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 55238
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21657
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17398
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 177864
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 34707
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 115929
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32861
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 108707
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30449
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 22893
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17495
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 13575
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 32570
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 69081
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 45490
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 67330
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 93171
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 64351
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 207059
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 90361
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 12431
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25213
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 62540
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 114194
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 18077
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 32606
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 21762
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 49518
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 11219
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 51396
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 67635
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 28877
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 67697
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 111586
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 10135
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28519
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 61906
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 12654
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 22628
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 28174
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 47282
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31516
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 37854
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 64394
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 21725
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 18709
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24905
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 20798
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24656
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 17890
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31197
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 29747
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 52281
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24927
   
 

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