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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: 15469
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 42635
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 29296
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 46726
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 73052
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
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1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 16348
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13479
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 25293
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 42109
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35589
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15824
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 27588
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 13658
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 21810
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 81459
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 27777
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18991
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 18135
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 24453
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 26417
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 17609
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 12763
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 72731
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 21176
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 26750
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24597
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 27617
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31594
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 17177
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 27184
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 200894
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 26761
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 23203
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33136
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 23370
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 18844
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 23671
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 91489
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30981
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 22115
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27128
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13781
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19327
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 13742
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 16708
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34482
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 26184
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28830
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26318
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 98400
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 45598
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 19493
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 12697
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 23943
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17372
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 95823
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 11221
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 34844
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 18909
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28158
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 23002
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 42808
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 14736
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15863
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 31238
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30326
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13632
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 35862
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 49753
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 119454
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29989
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 44288
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28285
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 54493
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 31088
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 158495
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 38452
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 170507
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 91341
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 92220
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 42561
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 44939
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 33030
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 36065
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30266
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 37039
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 60272
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 255405
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 34381
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 88275
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 89637
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 26720
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 54932
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 65181
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22242
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 76225
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 177870
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 61227
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 46416
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26841
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 44801
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29658
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 55273
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 50862
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 126558
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 109536
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 38663
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 191363
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 95042
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28533
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28907
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 53257
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25122
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 80261
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 40889
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 28709
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 111818
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 151396
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 242981
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 126637
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 33289
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 108263
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 151222
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25124
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 102375
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 47235
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 20643
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 130427
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 64144
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 47432
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 28225
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 164601
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 18183
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 90245
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 267346
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 140693
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 96746
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 52560
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 35822
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 46665
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 77047
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 14428
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 67450
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 97308
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 108079
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 164820
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15326
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 32844
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36990
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 35321
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 62306
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 36374
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 99621
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 18058
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 41805
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 60098
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 115045
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27231
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23548
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31578
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26902
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32508
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 22889
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 37683
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35599
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 71809
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30587