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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: 16870
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 48537
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 31614
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 52318
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 79666
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
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1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 17188
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 27167
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 14250
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 44463
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16730
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 38543
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 28455
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 14502
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 23835
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 19170
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 85634
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20302
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 29351
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 27056
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 28434
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 14023
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 18365
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 30949
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 23243
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 76133
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25924
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 28567
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 30767
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 18274
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 33652
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 24780
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 213865
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 29357
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 20916
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 23762
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36075
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 25575
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 32685
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 95555
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29215
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 25986
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 21898
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36974
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 28393
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 15004
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 15264
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 18329
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30475
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 22607
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 104187
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 47161
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28546
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 37531
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 14007
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29733
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 25704
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19324
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 24550
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 100767
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 12498
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 46141
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 20105
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31920
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 16186
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 52750
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18034
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 32932
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 14891
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 38139
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 123671
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31151
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 58814
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 47494
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30331
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 164877
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 33262
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 36415
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 101418
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 45356
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 97391
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 177779
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 40594
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 38479
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 46786
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 97924
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 29770
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 62491
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 36316
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 38928
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32422
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 93891
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 262419
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 65545
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 187346
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 57735
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29432
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 67887
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 49198
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 79738
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 23752
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 59154
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 137651
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 101241
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 55445
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30866
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 197406
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 46701
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 114753
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30537
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 41709
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 26887
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 54986
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 154631
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 120930
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 31518
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43610
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 85989
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 33164
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 250358
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 156477
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 27610
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 107542
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 52324
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 118804
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 136560
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 68829
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 22829
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 37103
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 48746
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 20519
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 96506
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 275703
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 171734
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 146919
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 31398
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 37322
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 103917
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 58193
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 51372
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 81602
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 113924
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 102559
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 70091
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 16357
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 169050
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 15406
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 34498
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 38377
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 36944
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 18986
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 41482
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 106393
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 64512
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 43357
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 65793
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 121792
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28079
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24573
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32901
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28372
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 33729
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 24297
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 39245
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36395
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 74898
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31348