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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: 16355
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 47033
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
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1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
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1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
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1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
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1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
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1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
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1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
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1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
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1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
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1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16595
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 26425
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
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1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
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1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
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1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 28923
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 18244
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25489
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 27930
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 29651
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 13589
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 22616
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 27916
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
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1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
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1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
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1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
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1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
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1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
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1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
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1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
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1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 20368
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
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1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28518
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 46668
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36175
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 21093
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 14775
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
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1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27789
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
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1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
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1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
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1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 17821
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
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1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 24062
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
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1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13642
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18821
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 12061
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 25171
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 19748
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 44780
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 99417
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29229
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 122669
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 37404
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 32293
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 14482
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17398
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 51816
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 15729
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31279
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30870
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 46415
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
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1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
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1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29805
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 32605
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 44514
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 35463
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 39921
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 98581
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 175892
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 46193
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 95802
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 37587
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
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1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 28844
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
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1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 35712
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
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1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
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1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
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1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
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1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
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1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
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1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
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1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 23302
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
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1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 40854
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 58028
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 46226
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
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1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 113705
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
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1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
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1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
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1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
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1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
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1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
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1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
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1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
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1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
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1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
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1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
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1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
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1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
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1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
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1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
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1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
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1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
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1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
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1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
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1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
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1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
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1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
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1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
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1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
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1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36814
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
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1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 19772
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 94881
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 56345
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 49881
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 15061
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 101188
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 112466
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15983
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 33961
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 69506
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 168132
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 80305
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 18822
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 37982
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 36445
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 104566
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 39895
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 63966
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 120236
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 42882
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 64079
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27823
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24283
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32516
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27868
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 33373
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 38776
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 23894
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36155
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 74055
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31222