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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: 9723
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 22532
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 18341
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 29249
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 44157
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 70209
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28668
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 8739
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 11017
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 15563
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 9899
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 19569
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22995
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 9673
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 53697
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16338
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 13117
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 18462
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 13087
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 11678
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14918
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 11517
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 8710
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 50896
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15096
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 13004
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 14874
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 15083
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19896
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 16993
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 11739
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 15742
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17096
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 141403
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 14527
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 14325
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21457
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 55077
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12154
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17058
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19145
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16026
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18721
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 34047
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 23200
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 17850
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 10019
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 12236
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 13185
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 9010
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 8838
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 62702
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 15941
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 15657
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8023
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 7338
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 15449
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30420
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 11436
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 65372
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12934
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24934
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19300
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 25049
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 9189
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22117
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35391
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 83009
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 9271
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 10654
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18090
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 19573
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19102
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32421
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 101464
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19304
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 35992
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29129
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29168
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 102929
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 47967
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 57114
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 21259
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 26461
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25460
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 159309
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24578
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 55956
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24278
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 20709
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 53156
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 38867
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 16030
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 127662
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18824
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 47180
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 15389
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 40772
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 39941
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 26191
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 31163
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 23782
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 57626
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 19598
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 127849
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 57479
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 35988
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 31557
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 64175
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27725
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 20755
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 66029
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31302
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 161958
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15868
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 107892
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 50321
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 81635
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30874
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 16559
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 20216
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 62543
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 12158
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 100626
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 84031
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 58466
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 41366
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 20966
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 29482
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27167
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15965
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 190602
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 77892
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 102471
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 28693
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 57051
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22984
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15815
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 57032
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 11263
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 45927
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 99241
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 10531
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 25418
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 9269
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 58225
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19416
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 46073
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 61493
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 19677
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26480
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 11607
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 43503
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 26568
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 53694
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 54383
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 29324
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 33390
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 20557
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 17837
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23350
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 19587
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22957
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 29800
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 16776
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28356
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 48303
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23583
   
 

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