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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: 8878
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 19973
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 16418
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 26599
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 39259
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 62320
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 26212
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 8041
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 13942
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 10064
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21033
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 8934
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 17892
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 9005
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 10298
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 16878
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 12243
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 11309
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15150
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 49501
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 13533
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 8160
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 10561
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 46619
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 13636
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 11696
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13726
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 131615
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18184
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 10814
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 13813
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 15470
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 13914
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15726
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 12863
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 13126
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11304
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15283
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 17746
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 50134
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14932
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 19787
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 11287
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 12353
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 57246
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 14435
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 16603
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21624
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17137
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 8125
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8292
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 9081
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 31901
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 14528
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 7378
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 60726
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17841
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 14258
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 6734
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11850
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28360
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 10700
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23257
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 23478
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33252
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8540
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 20764
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16432
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 77871
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 8573
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 9922
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 17698
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30208
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17462
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 17900
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 33088
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 92213
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 40703
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 27578
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23942
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26973
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 19488
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 52106
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 24141
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 92793
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 143362
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14336
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 51481
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 23193
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22370
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 48352
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 35565
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 19130
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 43142
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 14203
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 118644
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 37233
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 23078
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 17680
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36943
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 27897
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 28728
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 17994
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 47089
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 117234
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 52798
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25424
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19318
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 58198
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 32897
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 21498
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 148252
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 45911
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 58744
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14209
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18932
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 74537
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29040
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 100127
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 14730
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28091
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 50222
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 11047
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 92988
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24097
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 37664
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 76626
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 56914
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 27039
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14493
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 19242
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 175255
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 66819
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 91909
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20879
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 13778
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 50789
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 52284
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 10356
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 25529
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17248
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 89335
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 41524
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 9681
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 8613
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 22584
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 50429
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 55907
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 42712
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 40248
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 10674
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24552
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 46629
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 24972
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 17627
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 46326
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27090
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 29824
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 19345
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 16934
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 21962
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 18457
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 21294
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28497
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 15753
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27016
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 44154
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22423
   
 

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