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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: 14435
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 38781
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 27609
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 43721
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 68304
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
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1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 23989
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
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1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 12823
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 40273
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 13001
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 26387
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33631
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 14867
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 20214
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 78027
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 26488
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 17163
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 17865
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 22688
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 23046
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 19811
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 23396
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 16653
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 24022
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 69915
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 12130
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29794
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 25324
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 16324
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 21915
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 192704
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 25719
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 24832
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25666
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 31156
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 20619
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29152
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 17269
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 87412
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 21622
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 22116
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 15225
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 24454
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32839
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 94063
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 24885
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 12452
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18050
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 43777
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27412
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 17754
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 12708
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 10285
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 17679
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 11473
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 92055
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 21744
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 40664
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26841
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 32994
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 22568
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16085
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 14854
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 47686
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13636
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 115083
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29406
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 12742
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28661
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 34229
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 51690
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 152858
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 29657
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26786
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28611
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 42571
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 40048
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 86721
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 42977
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 85434
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36951
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 34365
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 163497
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 31229
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 57318
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 82459
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 247595
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 32761
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28670
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 35129
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 24933
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 83396
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 169943
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25267
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 51906
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 58141
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 71481
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 43523
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 62239
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 87814
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 26983
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 36429
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 47697
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 185526
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 103666
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 52620
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28092
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 42491
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 119581
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 147659
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 106313
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
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1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
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1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 76104
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
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1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
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1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 235368
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 50503
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 30789
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 45284
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 19228
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 144048
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 44080
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 102210
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 61074
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 125414
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 96896
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 23402
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 90494
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 157017
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 16926
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 86177
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 134388
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 259293
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 34272
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25993
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 49052
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 73291
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 91594
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30949
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 158615
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 102316
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 14379
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 64566
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 13681
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 43631
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 16762
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 94230
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 59956
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 33796
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35726
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 33821
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 56358
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 39983
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 108064
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26345
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 22652
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 30409
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 25729
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31050
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 21822
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36417
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 34688
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 68314
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29706