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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: 15186
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 41782
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 28946
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 46023
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
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1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
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1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 41683
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 25017
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 16207
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13351
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35135
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 27333
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15611
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 13514
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 21417
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 17908
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18790
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 80613
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 24066
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 27449
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24396
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 17409
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 26031
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 20914
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 25858
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 72051
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 12603
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31191
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 22946
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 26421
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 198549
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 26780
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 27177
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 16971
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30640
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 90741
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 21833
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 18454
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 23022
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26799
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32713
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 23349
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34131
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 19120
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13568
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 45243
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 97549
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28538
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 13464
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 25736
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19017
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25989
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 16402
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 18675
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17114
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 22738
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 12410
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 10984
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 34455
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 42391
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27836
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 23665
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 95085
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30899
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 35576
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 118650
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15687
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 14491
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30055
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 49362
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13420
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29725
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 157438
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 30807
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27986
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 53917
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43948
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 35759
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 38190
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 44580
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 169415
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 90415
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 32724
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 42117
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 90879
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 34050
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36626
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 88135
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 59754
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 254103
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 87369
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29947
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 26367
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 64710
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
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1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
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1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 54399
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21937
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
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1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26548
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29372
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 190068
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 54746
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 108534
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 93504
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 44404
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 125107
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 38284
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
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1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28279
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
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1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
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1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
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1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
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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 Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
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1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 40588
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28501
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 20385
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 63610
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 129466
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
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1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
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1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 47149
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
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1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
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1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 101389
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 32822
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 89382
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 27851
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 163031
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 95594
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 265558
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 17937
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 139397
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 51865
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 35534
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15117
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 163606
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 66892
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 32523
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 14287
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 106828
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 96307
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 76370
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 46012
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17841
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 61824
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36705
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 35031
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 35823
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 98527
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 41437
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 59378
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 113431
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27077
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23393
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31378
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26658
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32224
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 22693
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 37395
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35433
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 71109
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30419