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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: 14777
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 40174
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 28203
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 44708
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 69790
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 120045
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13126
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 15917
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 24490
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 40882
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 26861
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 13251
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34336
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15252
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 20743
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 17513
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18351
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 79205
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 26970
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 23288
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 20353
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 24829
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23901
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 12379
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 17045
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 24500
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 70838
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 22431
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 25826
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30520
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 195120
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 25726
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 26389
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 16635
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 22237
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 21149
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29870
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 22632
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 17773
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 89037
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26204
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31849
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 15710
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13138
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27927
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33451
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 95839
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18470
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 44472
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25363
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 25013
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 18301
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 12895
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 23054
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16545
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27356
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 93426
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 22164
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 41393
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 18090
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 10587
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 33705
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 11816
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 34875
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15264
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30091
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 116669
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 48488
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29321
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 14029
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13044
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 52675
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 154967
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 30166
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29123
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27307
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43147
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 40995
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37561
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 87871
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 88668
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 31918
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 35085
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 166067
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 43690
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 250851
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 35798
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 58329
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 85109
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 85079
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25616
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29275
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 33373
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25915
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 53007
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 63580
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 59330
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21402
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 73034
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 44574
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 172761
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 187599
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28712
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 27589
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 48810
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 122304
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 90266
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 43398
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 106185
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 53534
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 37426
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 108219
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 77453
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 24212
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 39947
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27835
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 51679
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 238330
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 123304
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 148972
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 27225
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 146735
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 45231
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 98970
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 46258
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 31797
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 19722
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 104319
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 62289
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 127350
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 24055
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 17397
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 92809
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 26945
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 50340
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 136705
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 262162
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 34883
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 87714
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 159945
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 44698
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 104384
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 74805
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 13988
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 93907
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31728
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14764
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 65554
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 160908
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 34403
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 60810
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36183
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17324
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 96219
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 34718
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 57906
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 110472
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 40640
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26709
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22998
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 30903
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26159
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31708
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36842
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 22233
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35048
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 69462
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30076