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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: 8329
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 17817
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 15147
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 24518
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 35729
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 56582
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 24452
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 12592
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 7630
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 9470
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 8353
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 19562
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 8455
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 16827
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 46743
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 10394
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 11632
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14349
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 9571
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 15747
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 7894
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 12538
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 9885
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43713
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 10757
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 12792
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 12807
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 12559
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 14337
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14789
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 10247
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 12971
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16976
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 124690
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 11961
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14046
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 18359
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13937
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 16642
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 12204
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 46547
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 10639
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 13458
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 15589
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 30368
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 11742
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 53618
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 7742
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 20365
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15963
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 7630
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 10640
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 8372
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16584
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22098
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 13423
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 6274
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 6901
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 13776
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 57133
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 10142
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 26571
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11121
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 7983
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 73927
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15076
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 9372
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 8085
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31508
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19725
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 22146
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16062
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 85518
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28443
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 16392
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 16858
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 31094
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 48478
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22634
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25369
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 35636
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 26382
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 85328
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 18256
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 22360
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 12994
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20804
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 47885
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 131342
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 44707
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 33085
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 17870
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 22033
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 34708
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 13324
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 39988
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 20698
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 34224
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 16827
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 25497
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 112145
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 26607
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 40640
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 108871
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18232
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 49246
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 53505
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 16671
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23506
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 19636
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 30405
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 93973
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 138582
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18009
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 69128
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 53455
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 13511
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25357
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 12930
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 42800
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 27679
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 52189
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 21755
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 70711
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 44387
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 35004
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 17882
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 13162
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 87070
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 25150
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 10381
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 48232
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 46347
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19177
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 83917
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 23183
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 12325
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 164917
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 9756
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 58396
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 8159
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 20492
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 52043
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 45028
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 38317
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 82281
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 40283
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 9064
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15681
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 16197
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 9983
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 23922
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 41528
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 37703
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23122
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 27023
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 25478
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 40999
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 18447
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 16308
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 20981
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 17658
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 20043
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27704
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 15088
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26157
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 41049
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 21495
   
 

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