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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: 15959
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 45131
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 30454
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 49558
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
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1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
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1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
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1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
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1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 16746
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 28101
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37081
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 14009
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16348
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 83434
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 25744
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 28410
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 22681
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19634
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 18619
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 13216
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 18035
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 27546
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 74476
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 22093
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 28891
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
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1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 28582
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
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1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
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1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
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1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
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1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 19895
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
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1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
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1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
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1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
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1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 22812
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28018
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 27220
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 46215
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27189
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35517
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 101043
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 14359
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 14338
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 17456
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
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1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 20459
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 20826
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 23607
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 11744
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43915
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 19485
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 24679
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28864
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18361
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13353
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 35985
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 98085
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 121432
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 31907
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 15409
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 14156
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30918
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 51028
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16905
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 36718
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 45477
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
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1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 32099
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
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1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29212
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30550
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 39359
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 174057
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 34623
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 43852
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 96257
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 36908
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 45803
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 94199
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31058
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 91136
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 37965
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 35192
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 61465
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 27914
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 93577
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
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1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
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1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
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1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
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1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22965
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
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1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28063
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 47544
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 45871
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 194202
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 112456
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 98157
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30223
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 56988
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 131918
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 52892
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 40001
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29349
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
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1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
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1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
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1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
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1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
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1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
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1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
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1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
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1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 133032
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
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1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 26134
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
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1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 48056
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 113081
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
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1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 35025
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
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1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 100018
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
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1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 29527
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 19226
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 143492
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 92927
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 54781
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36410
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 167956
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 110968
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 48598
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 33540
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 68742
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 167107
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 79156
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 99768
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15751
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 14843
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 18540
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 36053
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 63353
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 102880
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 38344
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 37524
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 42489
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 62426
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 118610
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27639
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24042
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32138
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27482
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 33082
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 38315
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 23468
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35976
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 73302
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31056