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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: 17582
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 50730
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 32405
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 54004
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 81693
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
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1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 17548
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 27776
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 14733
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 45355
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16830
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 28811
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 39332
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 14971
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20882
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 86635
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 24707
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 19658
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 30141
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 27756
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 34059
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 14623
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26473
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 18571
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 24038
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 29131
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 29332
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 216556
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 30005
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 34337
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
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1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 32097
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 18677
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30030
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37409
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 24372
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 26741
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 97198
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 26427
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 21718
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 33343
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31176
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 29149
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 19066
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 47892
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 15800
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 15595
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29358
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 23984
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37805
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 105973
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 22899
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 47813
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 38464
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 25206
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 20038
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30390
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 26395
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 14593
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 102570
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 13035
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 20790
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 33684
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18756
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 125122
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 15429
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 39112
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 16724
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 53778
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 32505
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 60629
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 31043
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31481
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 167102
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 34052
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 48785
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 46378
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 106194
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 37401
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 41436
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 180889
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 47588
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 99607
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 39625
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33414
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 37146
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 264255
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 39722
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 63255
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 30956
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 102019
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 95315
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 24307
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 190670
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 68737
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
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1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 59072
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30269
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 50222
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 116616
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 104095
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 141576
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 31513
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31411
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 42896
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 199461
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 57274
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 60435
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 47374
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
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1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 44404
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
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1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
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1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 27631
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
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1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 34798
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 32548
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 155569
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 28708
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 23678
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 157713
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
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1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 38447
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 122086
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 54379
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 138357
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 70105
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 109103
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 277074
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 148948
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 98096
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 21343
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 37902
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 107306
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 60862
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 173896
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 32578
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 115868
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 104486
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 53461
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 70808
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 15829
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 170157
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 35072
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 83080
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17017
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 19218
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 65144
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 43534
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 37583
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 108465
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 38957
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 67859
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 43980
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 123726
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28576
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 25134
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 33337
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28916
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 34319
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 39789
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 24807
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36832
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 75670
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31453