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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: 14429
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 38778
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
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1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 43714
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
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1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
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1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
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1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
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1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
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1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
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1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
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1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 14866
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33625
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17857
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 78018
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
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1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 26481
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
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1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 17161
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 69909
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 12129
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 23038
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23391
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
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1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
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1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
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1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 21914
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
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1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
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1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
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1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
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1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 24829
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
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1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
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1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
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1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
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1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
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1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 20618
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 17266
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31146
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 12706
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
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1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
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1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
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1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 15223
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 17747
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
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1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
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1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24884
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 12450
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 32989
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 21742
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 40659
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16083
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 92049
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 11472
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 17667
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 22565
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26838
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 10283
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29399
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 115050
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 47681
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14852
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13636
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12732
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 34225
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28651
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 51684
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 152843
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26783
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
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1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 42566
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28607
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 40035
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 31226
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 34356
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 85413
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36947
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 163457
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 86700
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 42973
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 247560
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 35125
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
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1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 24928
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
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1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 83388
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28664
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
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1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
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1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
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1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
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1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
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1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
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1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
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1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 20883
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
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1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 36426
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 26979
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 47686
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 185508
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 52616
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28090
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
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1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
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1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
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1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
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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 Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
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1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
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1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
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1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
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1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 23398
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
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1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
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1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
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1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
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1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
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1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
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1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
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1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
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1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 259282
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 134376
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
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1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25986
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 156999
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 34262
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 16924
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 49040
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 86163
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 13679
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 102302
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14374
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 64556
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 158602
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 91570
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30941
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 73278
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 43625
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 16757
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 33793
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 94216
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 59954
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35724
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 33818
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 39977
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 56349
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 108050
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26344
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22651
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 30405
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 25729
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31046
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 21821
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36415
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 34683
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 68307
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29705