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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: 15051
1946 Chevrolet 3100
1946 Chevrolet 3100
views: 41194
1947 Chevrolet 3100
1947 Chevrolet 3100
views: 28718
1948 Chevrolet 3100
1948 Chevrolet 3100
views: 45623
1949 Chevrolet 3100
1949 Chevrolet 3100
views: 71187
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1950 Chevrolet 3100
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1953 Chevrolet 150
1953 Chevrolet 150
views: 16100
1953 Chevrolet 210
1953 Chevrolet 210
views: 24845
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 41426
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 13285
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 34884
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 15493
1954 Chevrolet 150
1954 Chevrolet 150
views: 13445
1954 Chevrolet 210
1954 Chevrolet 210
views: 27197
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 80129
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
1955 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 18640
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 23785
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
1955 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 21181
1955 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet 150
views: 17792
1955 Chevrolet 210
1955 Chevrolet 210
views: 27324
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 24237
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 71671
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1956 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 25530
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
1956 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 12540
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
1956 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 20730
1956 Chevrolet 150
1956 Chevrolet 150
views: 17283
1956 Chevrolet 210
1956 Chevrolet 210
views: 25488
1957 Chevrolet 150
1957 Chevrolet 150
views: 22747
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 197301
1957 Chevrolet 210
1957 Chevrolet 210
views: 26248
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 26926
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
1957 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 26473
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
1957 Chevrolet El Morocco
views: 16856
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30977
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Impala
views: 90210
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
1958 Chevrolet Cameo
views: 22772
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 23094
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 32463
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman
views: 21612
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26615
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
1958 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30423
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 18228
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 33881
1959 Chevrolet Apache
1959 Chevrolet Apache
views: 44998
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 25777
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 25533
1959 Chevrolet Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala
views: 96993
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 28337
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
views: 18867
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
1959 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 18846
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
1959 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 13421
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
1959 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 13293
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
1959 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 16172
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 12206
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
1960 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 34226
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1960 Chevrolet Impala
views: 94546
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
1960 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 16919
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 18474
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 42107
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 27676
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 23467
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
views: 22568
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
1960 Chevrolet Kingswood
views: 10854
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
1961 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29846
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 30642
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
1961 Chevrolet Nomad
views: 15565
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
1961 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 35349
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet Impala
views: 118089
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
views: 14351
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
1961 Chevrolet Brookwood
views: 13294
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 49140
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 27745
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 30602
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 29533
1962 Chevrolet Impala
1962 Chevrolet Impala
views: 156684
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 43665
1962 Chevrolet Nova
1962 Chevrolet Nova
views: 53531
1963 Chevrolet C10
1963 Chevrolet C10
views: 89920
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala
views: 168576
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
1963 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 41781
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 35553
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 37999
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 44309
1963 Chevrolet Nova
1963 Chevrolet Nova
views: 89915
1963 Chevrolet C20
1963 Chevrolet C20
views: 32499
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 33857
1964 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Chevrolet Impala
views: 253214
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 29749
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 36363
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1964 Chevrolet Nova
views: 87256
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 59308
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
1964 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 26135
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 86802
1965 Chevrolet Nova
1965 Chevrolet Nova
views: 60176
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair
views: 53976
1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala
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1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 74318
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
1965 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 21770
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 26368
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 64409
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
1965 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 45499
1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova
views: 92587
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 107852
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
1966 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 38006
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 28066
1966 Chevrolet C20
1966 Chevrolet C20
views: 49788
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1966 Chevrolet Impala
views: 189355
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
1966 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 54412
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 29162
1966 Chevrolet C10
1966 Chevrolet C10
views: 124323
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 44148
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 124961
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
1967 Chevrolet Biscayne
views: 28239
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
1967 Chevrolet Bel Air
views: 40389
1967 Chevrolet Nova
1967 Chevrolet Nova
views: 78808
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 24638
1967 Chevrolet C20
1967 Chevrolet C20
views: 27933
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 150069
1967 Chevrolet C10
1967 Chevrolet C10
views: 109812
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1967 Chevrolet Impala
views: 240800
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 52473
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
1968 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 24529
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 46908
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 100681
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 149140
1968 Chevrolet C10
1968 Chevrolet C10
views: 106163
1968 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet Impala
views: 128791
1968 Chevrolet C20
1968 Chevrolet C20
views: 46128
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
views: 32528
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
1968 Chevrolet Suburban
views: 20154
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
views: 63144
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
1969 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 27562
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 162095
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
1969 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 17753
1969 Chevrolet Impala
1969 Chevrolet Impala
views: 88869
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 264459
1969 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova
views: 94630
1969 Chevrolet C20
1969 Chevrolet C20
views: 51361
1969 Chevrolet C10
1969 Chevrolet C10
views: 138623
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1969 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 35309
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
1970 Chevrolet Blazer
views: 14208
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1970 Chevrolet Nova
views: 95523
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 162796
1970 Chevrolet C20
1970 Chevrolet C20
views: 45600
1970 Chevrolet C10
1970 Chevrolet C10
views: 106014
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
1970 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 15000
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 66476
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 32288
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
views: 75896
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 36539
1971 Chevrolet C10
1971 Chevrolet C10
views: 97901
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
1971 Chevrolet Malibu
views: 17681
1971 Chevrolet Nova
1971 Chevrolet Nova
views: 34825
1971 Chevrolet C20
1971 Chevrolet C20
views: 35518
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
views: 61510
1972 Chevrolet C10
1972 Chevrolet C10
views: 112531
1972 Chevrolet C20
1972 Chevrolet C20
views: 58966
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
1972 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 41175
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26947
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 23279
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 31231
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 26504
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
1977 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 32056
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
1978 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 37220
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
views: 22530
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
1979 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 35321
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
1980 Chevrolet Camaro
views: 70650
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
1982 Chevrolet Corvette
views: 30314