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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: 15798
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 44290
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 30120
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 48649
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 75474
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
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1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 16633
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 25739
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43001
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13723
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 16187
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 27943
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 36671
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 13905
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 22422
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 28186
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 25352
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 18470
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 82967
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 19420
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 21886
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 73915
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 25027
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 28288
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 27343
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 13072
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 17910
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 28077
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 17510
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 23625
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 28384
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 205357
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 32268
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 27243
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33935
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27767
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 24614
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 19643
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 22595
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 31555
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 24102
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 92992
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 20462
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 20129
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29354
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 14177
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 35297
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 46026
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 100195
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 26955
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 17217
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26938
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 14133
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13188
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 11583
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 24435
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 97444
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28638
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 35652
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 23427
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18102
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43546
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 19300
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 120765
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 36463
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 50539
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 15234
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30743
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 14017
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 31724
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16664
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 45108
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 160461
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 55732
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30351
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 31783
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28892
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 34066
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 43479
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 95000
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 173046
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 45567
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 36620
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 39065
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 93259
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 34948
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 27502
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 61203
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 257983
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 92359
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 37714
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 90280
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 30811
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27719
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
views: 180780
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 77438
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 22744
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 55776
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 47209
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 66353
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 62495
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29129
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 56561
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 193254
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 130355
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 45633
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 39560
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30051
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 111649
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 97283
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 52309
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 114474
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 53776
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29618
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
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1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 30167
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25620
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 245351
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
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1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 128662
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 41947
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 111401
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 65692
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 25805
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 34447
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 153338
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 21168
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 104192
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 132131
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 47862
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 48973
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 54034
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 91730
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 142621
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 18978
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 99134
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 166907
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36235
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 270301
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 29066
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 68375
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 98931
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 47792
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 33340
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 110151
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 14676
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15590
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 166495
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 78436
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 63055
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 37671
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 37380
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 101831
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 18409
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 35851
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 42293
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 61610
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 117626
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27524
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23888
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31955
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 27295
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32948
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 23264
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 38129
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35870
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 72857
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30920