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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: 17110
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 49216
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 31846
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 52828
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 80314
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
views: 128001
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 44731
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 14390
1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 17254
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 27372
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 28495
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 14655
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16770
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 38770
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 24100
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 85981
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 29583
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 19330
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 20485
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 27315
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 26123
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 31984
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 14233
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 76365
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 28625
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 23498
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 18398
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 31274
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 214727
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 28785
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 29587
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 18344
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 33896
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 25030
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 96056
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 26225
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 21118
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 25810
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36492
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 32887
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29459
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 23944
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30694
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 18584
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 47381
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 15468
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 23051
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 28638
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 104773
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 22222
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28820
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 15206
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37253
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 20327
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 101389
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29943
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 12690
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 37814
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 19579
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 46653
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 24800
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 25910
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 14211
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 15084
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 124058
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 38390
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18269
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 33143
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 16394
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 32102
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 53111
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 33480
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31259
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 59453
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30536
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 165599
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 47913
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 103087
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 38784
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 178861
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 36724
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 40880
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 47058
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 98059
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 45732
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 39176
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 62682
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32733
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 99057
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 36595
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 263063
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 30128
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 94303
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29696
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 80085
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 68114
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 66030
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 58069
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 49516
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 23953
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 188462
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 46915
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 42133
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30823
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 31033
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 198091
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 56051
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 102126
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 115104
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 59615
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 138836
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 33718
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 132548
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 55217
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 31863
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 121993
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 251208
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 86735
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 154896
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 27109
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43846
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 37497
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 23083
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 156888
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 69279
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 53010
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 119838
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 137180
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 108115
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 27927
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 48888
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 147520
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 20804
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 59039
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 31747
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 105060
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 276072
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 97058
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 172452
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 37520
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 103281
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 16576
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 51972
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 15555
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 34660
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 169413
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 82114
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 114540
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 70309
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 64745
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 38558
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 37141
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 19063
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 107017
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 42230
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 66457
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 43557
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 122385
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28232
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 24736
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 33032
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 28556
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 33883
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 39442
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 24437
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36535
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 75185
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31378