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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: 16736
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 48166
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 31488
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 52036
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 79283
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
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1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 17157
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 44301
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 27030
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 14180
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 28426
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 14430
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 38386
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16709
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 85391
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 26910
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 19071
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 23697
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20207
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 29268
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25843
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 23090
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 75985
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 13901
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 18335
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 28336
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 30490
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 30488
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 24665
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 213148
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 33488
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 29201
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 28399
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 18231
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 25421
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29069
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35839
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 25860
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 32571
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 23616
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 95305
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 20813
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 103797
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36829
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30337
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 18183
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 47049
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 28266
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 21689
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28392
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 22358
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 14912
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 15171
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29622
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 45852
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 12383
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 19975
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 24462
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 25594
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13922
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19224
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 37386
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 100421
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31768
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 52569
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 37978
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 123408
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 32767
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 16062
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17880
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 14792
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 164462
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 47300
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30227
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 33085
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31101
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 58503
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 40433
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 97040
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 100670
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 46668
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 45120
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 38235
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 177251
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 36228
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 97337
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32265
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 93588
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 262058
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 38800
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 29551
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 36156
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
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1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
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1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 79486
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 48994
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
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1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 65253
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29284
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 23643
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 67719
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 58856
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 197019
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30367
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 100754
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 41494
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 46596
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 55118
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 136942
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 114542
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30805
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43449
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
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1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 85686
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 31339
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 54836
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 26734
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
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1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 32849
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 120342
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 118161
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 156256
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 27423
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 36890
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 68567
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 48648
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 136176
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 107248
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 22650
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 51947
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 275467
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 171310
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 146508
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 103309
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 20316
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 37215
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 31181
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 57712
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 96181
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 50998
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 69981
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 16271
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 15338
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 113585
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 102238
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 34344
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 81283
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 168809
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 64389
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 38283
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 36824
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 41047
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 18964
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 105996
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 121429
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 65367
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 43250
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28008
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24493
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32810
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28252
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 33616
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 24196
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 39116
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36318
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 74748
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31328