Library Home > Chevrolet

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.

 


sort by:   
1942 Chevrolet Fleetline
1942 Chevrolet Fleetline
views: 15577
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 43123
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 29593
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 47292
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 73837
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 123181
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13548
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 16438
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 25453
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 42465
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 27723
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 13749
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35969
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15977
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 27927
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 82040
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 21960
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 24744
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19186
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 18267
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 21420
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 17734
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 27314
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24755
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 26784
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 73212
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 12882
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 27424
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 27899
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 23362
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31813
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 26940
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 17289
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 202539
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 91971
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 22312
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 19124
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 24016
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 23627
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31220
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33440
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27365
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 13916
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19626
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26551
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 98939
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 26504
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13907
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29016
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 19863
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34790
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 45750
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 16904
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 23164
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 12907
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28311
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 24099
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 11367
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 19057
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 96376
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17610
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43095
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 35125
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 50019
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 36108
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 14902
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16129
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 31444
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 119914
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13771
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30492
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30111
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 54912
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28495
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 44556
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 31283
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 159155
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 38661
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 93107
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 33355
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 42870
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 91985
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 171317
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 45178
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 36266
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30498
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 88921
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 26984
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 60680
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 34603
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 90437
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 37257
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 256309
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 46689
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 76761
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 65608
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 178800
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 61596
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27118
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22421
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 55300
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 55654
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 192038
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 45075
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28756
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 127688
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 51392
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 110223
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 95805
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 38919
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29795
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 151852
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 53481
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29219
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 41245
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 243814
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 29149
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 127268
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 112552
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25303
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 80840
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 152020
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 33627
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 103031
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 109078
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 47693
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 47594
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 130983
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25376
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 20830
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 64590
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 35967
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 97527
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 90745
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 165417
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 18475
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 141299
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 268514
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 53037
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 28533
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 165488
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 33049
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 47048
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 77466
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15424
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 67846
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 14539
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 97863
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 108768
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 100398
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 62623
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 18205
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 36832
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 37138
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 35512
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 41997
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 60568
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 115892
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27356
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23662
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31712
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27065
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32683
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 23028
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 37816
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35700
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 72217
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30699