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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: 16492
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 47580
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 31233
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 51504
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 78696
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
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1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 14079
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 26772
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43997
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 17082
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 14297
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 28391
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 38064
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16647
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20045
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 26675
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 29069
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 23386
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 84913
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 18959
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 28088
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25652
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 18288
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 13721
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 22854
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 75614
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 29987
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 28147
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 33211
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 211860
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 28994
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 30037
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 18136
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 24434
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28831
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 25612
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 32361
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 23410
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35360
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 25154
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 94898
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 20568
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28086
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 14783
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30146
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 17990
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 21973
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 103145
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 21402
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 46824
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36493
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 28022
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 14962
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 99940
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 12217
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29424
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13752
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19002
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 19867
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 25362
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 45353
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 24255
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 37092
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 52162
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 37678
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 122992
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 32514
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17640
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 14640
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31501
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 15871
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29997
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 58082
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 46858
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30984
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 163689
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 32824
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 96390
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 35810
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 40162
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 99476
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 46393
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 37903
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 44799
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 176571
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 38578
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 62161
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 35918
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 96379
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 93115
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 261434
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 29233
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32006
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 23449
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 79096
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 67425
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29024
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 48692
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 64741
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 57233
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 185272
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 114158
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 58428
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 196367
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 46399
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 100047
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30130
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 135811
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30675
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 41176
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 54588
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43148
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 54602
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 31020
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 131427
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 249061
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 85091
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 26551
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 154181
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 119307
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 32388
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 116946
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 51401
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 22366
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 106737
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 48511
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 36452
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 68053
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 155839
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 27089
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 135576
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 56915
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 170618
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 30842
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 20047
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 95553
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36998
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 274923
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 145888
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 102400
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 34134
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 50431
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 15174
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 69735
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 113034
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 101669
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 16107
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 168469
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 80782
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 36656
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 18916
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 40429
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 105249
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 64163
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 38141
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 43077
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 120806
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 64683
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27906
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24385
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32654
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28046
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 33498
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 38930
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 24024
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36217
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 74372
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31292