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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: 16059
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 45554
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 30552
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 49889
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 76808
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 125081
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 26067
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13887
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43355
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 16800
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16407
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 28166
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 14061
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37279
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 22795
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 18676
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 83636
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19695
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 28498
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 25911
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 22187
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25232
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 29111
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 18091
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 27618
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 13298
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 74642
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 28650
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 27511
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 28871
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 32568
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 17736
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 23895
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 207978
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 25023
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 93759
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28137
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 24445
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 20005
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31849
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 22889
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34364
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 14392
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 17533
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 46319
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29624
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 20983
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 101360
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35630
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 20583
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 14435
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 27352
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27296
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 36120
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18457
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 23712
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 11811
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 98378
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28943
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 24785
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 44076
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13406
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 19541
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 36846
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 121701
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 31980
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 17003
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 14207
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 51164
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30995
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 15473
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 32205
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 161721
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 56621
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29354
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 45616
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30629
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 174456
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 94552
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 43983
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 34839
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 39443
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 45886
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 96763
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 37024
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 28107
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 61574
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 35281
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 93987
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 38065
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 91437
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 259272
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31221
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 63388
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 56280
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 47721
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 182407
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28219
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 23022
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 66770
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 78042
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 53143
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 112701
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 45968
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29430
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 98441
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30309
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 132512
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 57215
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 194547
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 40232
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 26003
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 54077
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 246733
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 129732
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 153245
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 30958
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 116366
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 83133
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 42376
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30067
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 105210
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 48137
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 113652
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 66617
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 133428
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 49929
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 35230
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 21608
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 154261
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 26278
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 55098
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 143820
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36491
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 168380
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 93549
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 19330
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 100351
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 29731
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 271574
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 14888
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 33636
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 167323
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 79413
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 111301
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 100040
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15812
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 68886
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 48843
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 63484
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 18607
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 36124
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 38690
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 103226
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 37619
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 42582
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 62755
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 118962
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27685
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24095
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32255
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27571
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 33141
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 23565
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 38418
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36024
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 73472
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31085