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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: 14617
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 39631
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 27958
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 44281
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 69261
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 119339
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 15776
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 24297
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 40611
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13001
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34017
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15092
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 26642
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 13129
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18168
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 23068
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 26785
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 17356
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 78767
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 20516
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 12281
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23707
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 70422
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 23978
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 16877
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 24497
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 20131
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 16509
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 25325
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 26135
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 22190
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 194224
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30209
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 25596
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31556
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 21963
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 88382
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 17570
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26029
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 22414
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29542
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 20930
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 95215
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 44222
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 12961
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18287
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 12685
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 18060
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 24756
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 15500
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27712
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25154
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33252
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 33403
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 92834
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16333
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27187
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 41135
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 21981
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 22851
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 10433
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 11653
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 17905
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 48125
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15081
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 116102
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29043
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 34597
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13851
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29808
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12898
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 52272
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 29956
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28916
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27084
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 154159
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 42907
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 165109
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 31598
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 40593
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 34860
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 86979
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 43379
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37311
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 87972
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 249641
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 84458
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 57839
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25364
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 35523
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28995
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 84133
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 33113
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 44197
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 63047
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21183
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 52587
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 171611
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25647
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 58853
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 72410
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 53201
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 186826
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 43044
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 37098
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 105327
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 89429
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 27332
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 48351
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 121251
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28462
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 122174
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 237130
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 23955
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 39707
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 148398
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 51266
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 107449
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 26818
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27615
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 76887
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 126621
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 45908
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 103434
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 145616
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 44729
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 98237
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 61864
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 23806
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 19503
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 31403
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 87164
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 135822
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 261018
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 17178
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 158933
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 34657
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 26617
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 91901
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 49744
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 74245
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 93108
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 65156
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14600
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 160090
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 103552
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 44234
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31437
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 13840
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35996
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 34374
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17106
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 34159
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 95407
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 60526
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 57256
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 40390
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 109459
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26555
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22826
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 30702
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 25946
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31428
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36647
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 22030
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 34886
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 69086
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29919