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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: 15132
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 41554
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 28855
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 45858
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 71639
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
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1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 24945
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13325
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 16159
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 41580
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35037
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15583
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 27271
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 13488
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 21307
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 80442
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18727
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 23950
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 17879
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 27404
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 25849
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 25713
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 20858
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 12576
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 17367
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 71907
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24319
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 26342
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 26678
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 198035
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 16925
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 27059
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 22872
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31099
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 90543
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 23240
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26741
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 18348
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 21753
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32606
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 22930
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30554
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28456
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25907
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 45158
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 13398
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13506
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 16323
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 25663
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18944
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 19033
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 97331
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34019
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 34357
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17042
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 18619
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 10940
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 94865
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27775
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 42296
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 22667
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 12330
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 23593
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 35488
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30794
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13371
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29971
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 49259
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 14439
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 118402
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15650
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 157112
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 53757
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 30728
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43838
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29646
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27881
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 38113
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 90501
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 169099
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 42007
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 32643
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 35679
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 44484
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 90206
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 87796
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 87150
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36522
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 59591
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29871
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 26272
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 33970
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
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1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 175849
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
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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: 54231
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 64596
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21873
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26447
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 44313
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 108270
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 38177
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 93152
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28190
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 50066
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29285
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 54625
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 189780
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 124785
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
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1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
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1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
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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 C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
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1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
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1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28402
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 125368
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 40508
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 32709
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 46412
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 24671
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 47055
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
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1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
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1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 106647
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 63429
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 129204
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 139082
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 162706
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 89180
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 17856
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 27741
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 35453
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 95186
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 51695
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 265090
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15068
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 76186
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 95970
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 14253
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 66693
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 45857
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 163297
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 106494
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 32446
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 35675
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17788
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 34938
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36642
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 98267
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 61705
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 41317
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 59212
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 113033
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27032
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23362
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31319
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26605
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32167
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 37324
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 22631
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35389
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 70939
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30381