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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: 15305
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 42112
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 29072
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 46327
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 72337
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
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1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 16255
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 41844
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13404
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 25090
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35313
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 27420
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15719
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 13575
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 27556
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 21559
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 24220
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18849
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 17975
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 80894
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 26107
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 72316
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24457
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 26281
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 12663
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 21019
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 17483
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31325
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 199395
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 23056
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 26532
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 26959
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 17042
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 27325
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32885
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26922
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 21926
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 91014
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30788
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 23493
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 18625
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 23165
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 13579
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28647
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 25850
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13644
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34234
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 19243
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19102
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26092
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 45385
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 16520
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 97901
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 34589
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 23776
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 22834
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 18759
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27934
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 95379
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 12539
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 42537
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 11071
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17210
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 31022
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13505
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 118985
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 49483
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30157
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 35698
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 14582
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15754
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 30912
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 54106
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 157880
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28110
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 44077
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29823
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 169869
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 32844
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 90758
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 35872
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 38301
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 91444
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 42288
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 44719
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30056
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 59954
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 26494
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 34170
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 88605
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 254647
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 87727
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36757
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 176947
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22046
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26656
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 64890
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 46105
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 75578
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 54610
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 60839
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 108936
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 44572
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 54965
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 190570
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29518
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28392
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 125689
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 38429
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 50522
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 94357
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 24943
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 40706
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
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1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 52986
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
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1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
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1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 28394
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 125998
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28634
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 242249
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 47271
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 150508
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 129875
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 46844
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 20487
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 107464
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 101804
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 24910
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 32992
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 63814
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 139914
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 266221
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 163622
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 89712
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 52131
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 27978
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 96014
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 35634
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 18021
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 14347
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 107303
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 32636
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 67118
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 46262
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 164074
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15197
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 96721
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 76613
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 35133
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 36058
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 62001
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36817
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 98888
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17935
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 41568
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 114024
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 59648
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27138
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23442
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31447
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26744
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32325
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 22768
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 37487
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35490
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 71394
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30472