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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: 15735
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 43926
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 29975
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 48241
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 74939
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
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1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13668
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 16573
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 42847
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 25643
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 13852
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 27860
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36443
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16139
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 28090
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19360
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 25184
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 82732
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 18410
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 22296
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 27245
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 17858
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 73714
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 13009
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 21773
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 27982
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24922
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 27154
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 27811
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 23550
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 17440
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 204485
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 32136
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 28276
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 92652
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 22523
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33793
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31448
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 23972
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27591
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 24465
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 19534
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 14025
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29228
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 14089
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35171
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19974
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 17120
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 45943
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26799
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 26826
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 20273
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 99757
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13077
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 97121
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 23366
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28521
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 35486
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43365
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17955
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 24333
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 11497
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 19212
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13928
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 120473
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 36338
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16495
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 31621
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 15148
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30657
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 50361
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 44924
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30278
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 55414
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 159989
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 31655
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28759
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 36473
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 94401
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 172481
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 33816
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 38931
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 43299
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 45429
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 92821
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 34845
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 61039
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30704
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 91753
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 27345
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 257482
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 37586
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 89847
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 55620
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 77230
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 66160
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27544
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22625
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 47016
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 62191
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 180253
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 39400
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 129546
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 192828
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 52031
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29011
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29967
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 45483
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 96859
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 56300
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 111218
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
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1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 53677
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25497
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
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1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 29890
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
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1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 41744
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 113787
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 244855
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 65308
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25670
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 152943
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 34162
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 48586
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 131743
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 103831
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 47781
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 21025
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 110642
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 98697
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 166453
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 91391
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 269803
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 142160
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 18838
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36145
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 28860
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 53705
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 33243
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 47498
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 14632
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 68216
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 78206
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 98568
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15536
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 166123
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 109683
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 37304
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 35735
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 18355
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 62932
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 37385
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 101316
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 42197
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 117022
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 61271
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27474
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23807
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31884
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27220
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32884
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 23190
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 38023
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35817
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 72656
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30855