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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: 15877
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 44669
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 30259
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 49015
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 75875
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
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1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
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1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 25811
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43104
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13775
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36847
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 13950
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 28016
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16258
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 83157
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 22532
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 28300
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 25512
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 18528
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19502
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 13125
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 74144
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25094
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 21975
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 27422
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 17960
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 28562
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 27320
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 206233
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 28465
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 28289
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 32349
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 17559
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 23722
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 22664
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 24714
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 24184
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31640
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34040
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 93252
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27883
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 19773
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 14253
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 20261
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 20603
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 14229
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 17306
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35394
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27024
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29431
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 27087
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 100573
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 46101
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28745
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 97714
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43695
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 23489
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 11651
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 24529
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 35782
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13255
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18191
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 19376
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 36555
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 121049
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16757
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 14086
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 31804
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30814
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 15304
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 50752
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 31894
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 45238
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28999
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 56014
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30419
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 160899
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 173483
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 93696
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 43640
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 36726
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 95563
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 45666
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 34346
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 39169
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 27684
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 61298
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 35047
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 92894
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 90645
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 258424
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30902
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 37836
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 77641
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27878
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 55922
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 181277
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22828
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 47333
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 62766
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 66452
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 52520
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29214
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 39732
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 131025
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30129
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 111979
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 97659
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 45712
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 193666
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 56743
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
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1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 30437
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 53883
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
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1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29731
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 42069
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
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1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
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1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 129043
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25723
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 47927
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 65998
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 112182
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 49241
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25939
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 153624
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 34701
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 21287
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 132512
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 104510
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 92050
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 19083
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 29281
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 99545
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36310
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 270753
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 167353
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 54338
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 143012
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 33418
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 99219
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 166762
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 14757
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 110500
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15658
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 48166
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 68520
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 78728
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 35931
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 102263
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 18468
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 63166
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 37436
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 37897
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 61971
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 42377
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 118080
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27576
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23949
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32023
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27353
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 33010
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 23316
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 38206
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35916
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 73052
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30984