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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: 14014
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 37434
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 26856
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 42595
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 66995
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 116268
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 15231
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 23388
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 39587
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 12469
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 12724
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 14490
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32890
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 25873
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 16805
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 22045
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17335
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 25885
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 76814
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 19636
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 16262
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 22980
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 22020
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 19162
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 11840
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 68932
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 22754
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 25042
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28942
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 24065
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 15953
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 190273
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 21368
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 24730
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28236
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 20997
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 21575
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 16759
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24858
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30444
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 20066
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 85732
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17501
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 17075
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 14763
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 23811
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24388
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 12356
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 92313
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32242
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 43031
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 12071
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26717
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 21967
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 21265
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 39819
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15701
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26324
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 11159
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 32313
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 9983
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 17297
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 90551
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14442
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 33544
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 113111
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12374
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27870
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28675
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13278
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 46678
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26175
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 150697
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27939
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 41792
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 28921
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 50581
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 33613
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 30358
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 83473
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 85016
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 38848
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 42042
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 160507
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36396
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 24182
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 81694
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 32178
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 34357
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 27991
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 56197
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 79843
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 243863
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 50690
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 57057
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 69734
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 42314
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 20445
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 167224
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 60732
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24741
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 35037
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 41354
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27377
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 26424
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 116562
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 101188
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 85485
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 46602
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 182926
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 51626
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26528
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 25353
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 74453
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 49144
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 38792
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 231288
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 23060
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 145571
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 104332
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 118656
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 94824
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 22835
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 59565
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 29888
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 44108
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 141558
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 123500
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 43018
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 18663
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 100217
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25135
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 16489
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 84646
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 154409
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 131473
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 255661
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 47763
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 88407
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 33440
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30132
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 71951
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14007
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 155484
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 42497
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 100510
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 63373
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 13357
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 89785
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 32891
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 16218
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 59039
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35173
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 33276
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 92320
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 39295
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 54931
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 105288
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 25856
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22218
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 29850
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 25099
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 30405
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35928
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 21428
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 34210
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 66815
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29225