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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: 9544
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 21950
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 17952
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 28628
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 42990
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 68327
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28154
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 8605
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 15199
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 10798
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 9684
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 9516
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22553
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 19191
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 18125
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16076
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 12893
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 12918
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 11406
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 52686
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 12742
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 14738
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 49942
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 14534
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14614
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 8584
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 11294
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19462
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 139095
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 16679
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 14792
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 15321
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 11532
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16778
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 11953
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21090
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16697
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 53909
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 14245
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15718
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 13990
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18844
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 15612
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 17550
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 61411
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 8840
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 12993
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18372
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 8694
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 33598
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22853
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 9791
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 11982
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 15187
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 15407
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12688
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 64292
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29984
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 7861
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19017
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 7220
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24532
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 11237
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34944
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 24691
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 10454
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 9070
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 21821
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 9111
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17704
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 81832
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 19189
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 99237
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 35365
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18970
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31943
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18764
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 100590
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 46209
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25086
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 55884
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 20892
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28790
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28581
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 25912
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 54967
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24281
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 20426
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 38130
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23892
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 155674
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15627
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 51992
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25461
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 15139
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 39938
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 30479
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 18578
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 125616
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 39164
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 46182
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 30910
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 20395
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 23271
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 35363
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 125470
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 55197
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 56329
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27188
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 19253
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 62837
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 106184
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 49313
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 19918
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 16163
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15516
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 158824
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30445
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 80039
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30469
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 64298
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 40475
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 20588
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 28891
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 11921
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15634
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 61260
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26475
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 82318
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 56454
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 98872
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 27971
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22488
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 75219
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15305
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 55362
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 56054
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 186749
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 99961
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 11053
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 9093
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 60004
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 56209
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 96853
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 45198
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 10318
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18895
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 24696
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 45086
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 11383
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 42759
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 26208
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 52032
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 19179
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26050
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 52313
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28811
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 32471
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 20321
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 17653
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22999
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 19356
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22598
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 16537
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 29474
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28050
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 47350
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23353
   
 

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