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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: 15648
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 43476
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
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1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 47706
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
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1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
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1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
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1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
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1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 42633
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
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1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 13788
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36160
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16056
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 27783
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 22113
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 24949
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 18323
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19277
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 82364
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 27973
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 27647
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 21605
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 17792
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 73466
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24828
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 27033
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 12941
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 27019
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31933
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
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1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
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1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 23452
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
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1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 23789
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
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1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 19376
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 24216
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 22405
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 92280
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29111
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13951
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34979
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 99278
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 26645
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26668
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 17002
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 45842
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19780
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 20049
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 14017
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28408
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43218
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 23275
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 24206
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 96711
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17761
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 12989
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 19127
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 35275
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 11425
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30561
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 50160
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 14992
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 31524
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13835
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16305
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 36210
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 120159
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30193
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 55125
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 44711
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 159493
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 31463
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28615
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 36357
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 38772
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 33567
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 171833
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 43072
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 45305
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 92343
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 93736
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 34707
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 27147
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 60872
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30603
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 89318
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 256806
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 37421
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
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1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
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1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
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1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27308
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
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1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 55447
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22529
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 76952
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 46854
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 96289
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 55926
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 45280
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29867
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 51676
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 110719
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 128490
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28882
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 192395
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 39150
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
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1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
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1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
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1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
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1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29337
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
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1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 81155
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 41474
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 29516
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 103411
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 131309
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 33885
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
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1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 48069
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 20908
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
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1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25507
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 47693
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 152456
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 91023
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 28681
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 53366
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 269086
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 165922
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36046
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 98026
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 141676
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 18668
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15468
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 77785
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 14582
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 165777
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 98204
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 109157
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 68030
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 33162
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 47239
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 100773
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 18265
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 37233
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 37095
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 62781
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 35617
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 42086
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 60880
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 116411
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27419
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23733
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31804
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27136
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32786
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 37915
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 23092
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35758
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 72414
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30769