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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: 16177
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 46096
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 30668
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 50275
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 77269
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 125439
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13928
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 16867
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43479
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 26224
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37462
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 14108
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 28225
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16475
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 26093
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 18742
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 83936
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19778
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 28653
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 22931
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25312
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 22322
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 29273
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 27730
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 18138
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 13359
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 74865
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 23989
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 28748
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 27659
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 17829
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 32691
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 208841
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 29206
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 25164
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31967
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28276
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 94012
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 22981
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34587
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 24590
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 20144
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35790
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 101763
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 17621
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 27487
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29723
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 14519
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 20765
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27466
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 21228
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 14458
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 46432
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 23813
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18606
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 36323
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13473
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 11879
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 44288
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29031
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 98695
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 19605
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 24919
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 121993
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 32071
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 51383
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31087
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17105
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 37034
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 15558
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 14302
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 162163
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30716
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29517
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 32332
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 56968
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 45868
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 45976
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 35076
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 39634
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 97374
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 94961
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 174907
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 37188
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 44182
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 259801
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31389
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 91837
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 28339
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 61687
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 35422
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 94516
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 38143
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 63666
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 47938
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 182930
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28405
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 56473
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 66906
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 23105
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 78236
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 53530
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30399
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29564
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 98737
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 113078
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 46059
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 133223
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 57505
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 40452
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 194965
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 54179
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 247245
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 42545
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 26135
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 117062
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 31234
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 153461
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 83548
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30284
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 130059
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 66963
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 48245
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 21769
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 50244
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 26446
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 154608
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 114335
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 133861
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 35485
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 105587
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 30003
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 168967
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 272012
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36595
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 100734
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 19519
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 144258
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 94061
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 55496
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 100376
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 33748
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 167583
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 14947
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15858
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 69119
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 79711
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 49201
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 111708
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 103676
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 37719
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 18678
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 36230
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 39127
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 63638
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 119377
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 42689
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 63201
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27734
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24155
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32328
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27671
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 33198
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 38547
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 23717
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36064
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 73682
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31136