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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: 14882
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 40560
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 28398
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 45025
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 70198
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 120532
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 41057
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13197
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 15994
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 24635
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 13339
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15345
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34541
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 27000
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 23484
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 79552
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18470
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 17602
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 20881
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 27094
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 20512
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 12446
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 17136
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 25077
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 71113
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 24831
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24047
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 26014
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 22540
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30712
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 25987
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 195834
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 16730
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 26578
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 22439
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32051
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 21300
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26352
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 22779
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 89479
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 17926
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30090
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 15901
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25524
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 13030
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 96263
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18616
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 25209
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 44655
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33612
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28092
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13240
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 18506
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 33921
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16678
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 11967
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 23204
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 18212
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27492
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 10671
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 22302
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 93829
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 41631
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13133
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 48757
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 14158
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15372
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 35059
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29507
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30299
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 117187
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43321
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 30312
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 52967
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 155605
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27443
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29270
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 35267
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 41292
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 89158
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37727
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 167021
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 32141
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 88593
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 43924
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36016
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25812
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29460
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 33538
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 85562
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 251767
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 58646
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 85927
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 73421
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26081
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21556
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 53320
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 59648
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 44937
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 173653
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 63919
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 43730
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 106863
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 123046
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 91354
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 37633
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 27774
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 49154
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 53897
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28856
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 188298
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27989
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 27512
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 77926
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 24366
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 40108
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 108819
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 149413
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 123971
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 239185
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 51937
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 127848
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 32061
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 46526
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 45551
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 147536
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 24206
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 62576
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 104989
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 19881
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 99565
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 93440
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 27165
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 35061
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 137458
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 262926
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 17520
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 50688
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 88127
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 160700
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 161555
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 104918
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 14080
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31937
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 75206
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 45021
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 94511
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14871
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 65884
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 34985
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 34561
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17475
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 96844
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 61049
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36304
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 111226
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 58270
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 40840
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26806
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23095
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31034
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26301
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31842
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 22346
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36999
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35169
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 69855
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30172