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A Pictorial Glimpse of Chevrolet Motor Cars - 1911-1949

Louis Chevrolet
Louis Chevrolet

William C. Durant
William C. Durant

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At some time in February, 1911, after the racing team for Buick was disbanded, William C. Durant contacted Louis Chevrolet who was a distinguished race car driver, and asked his help in designing a new car to introduce to the general public. Although he hadn't yet fashioned a company to build it. Durant knew Chevrolet had ambitions of building his own car, and since the name Chevrolet was well established in motor car racing Durant felt he was just the man to get the job dine. By sponsoring Chevrolet in building his own car complete a "Chevrolet" nameplate, Durant quickly got the research and development finished on a new automobile, a fast race about, although more importantly it promoted the name of "Chevrolet".

Louis Chevrolet employed Etienne Planche an engineer from France to assist him, Chevrolet had known Planche from his days in Brooklyn with the Walter, Planche had also designed and engineered the Roebling-Planche (precursor to the Mercer). Also assisting them was a mechanic and machinist named Henry Winterholf whom Louis Chevrolet had met while he was working with the Racing Team at Buick.

In March 13, 1911, in Detroit Michigan, Louis Chevrolet rented the second floor over D.M. Schulte and Sons Garage located on Grand River Ave. to begin the design of his first Chevrolet automobile. Suspicions were that Durant funded the operation, employing Louis Chevrolet as a independent contractor. There have never been any documentation found in any Michigan records showing any such company being founded up by either Durant or Chevrolet. The Flint Daily Journal leaked some news on May 30, 1911 of the upcoming Chevrolet automobile by Durant. The following day, on May 31, the Flint Daily Journals headline stated "Little Is Manager" and announced that Bill Little was going to be in charge of Chevrolet operations. it was Bill Little who was the former Buick plant manager and not only did he understand how important it was to build low, medium price, and high end automobiles, but exactly how go about it. Flint Michigan's businessmen along with the Flint board of commerce sought after the Durant Chevrolet Company to locate in their town, and not in Detroit according to an article in the Flint Daily Journal June 2, 1911. Durant along with banker A.G. Bishop agreed to locate a factory within Flint along with a partnership with A.C. Mason to build the engines to install in the Chevrolet company in the future during the first part of August.

A lease for 2 years was negotiated July 15, 1911. Subsequently Little moved the operations into the former building of the Corcoran Light Co. he had leased which was located on West Grand Blvd in the City of Detroit. The Flint Daily Journal of July 15, 1911 heading read: "Chevrolet Company. to Start Up In Detroit - Secures a Lease on Temporary Basis". The journal quoted Bill Little as saying: "I am organizing this new company while Mr. Durant is helping me all the way. Researchers have yet to find any formal kind of documentation that a Chevrolet Motor Car Company ever legally existed in Michigan commerce records and no proof of Mr. Little conducting business using a DBA as The Chevrolet Motor Car Company or any similar name. Among the names listed on the company payroll were those of Louis Chevrolet, Henry Winterholf and Etienne Planche .

Early Chevrolet Factory in Flint Michigan

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Chevrolet Series H - 1914-1916

<b>1911 Experimental Chevrolet</b>
1911 Experimental Chevrolet
<b>1912 Chevrolet</b>
1912 Chevrolet
<b>1913 Chevrolet</b>
1913 Chevrolet
<b>1914 Chevrolet</b>
1914 Chevrolet
<b>1915 Chevrolet</b>
1915 Chevrolet
<b>1916 Chevrolet</b>
1916 Chevrolet 490 Touring

Chevrolet F Series

Chevrolet FA series was built from 1917–1918, It was a substitution of the Series F, while the Chevrolet FB series was produced from 1919 to 1922.

<b>1917 Chevrolet</b><br> Model D V-8 - Notice the larger cowell and smaller headlights
1917 Chevrolet Model D V-8
<b>1918 Chevrolet</b>
1918 Chevrolet
<b>1919 Chevrolet</b>
1919 Chevrolet
<b>1920 Chevrolet</b>
1920 Chevrolet
<b>1921 Chevrolet</b>
1921 Chevrolet
<b>1922 Chevrolet</b>
1922 Chevrolet

Chevrolet Superior

The Chevrolet Superior was announced in 1923, and manufactured for four years with a different series every year. The 1923 model was called the Series B, the 1924 model was labeled the Series F, for 1925 it was dubbed the Series K and the 1926 Superior was the Series V. It was suspended in 1927 by the Series AA Capitol.

<b>1923 Chevrolet</b>
1923 Chevrolet Roadster
<b>1924 Chevrolet</b>
1924 Chevrolet Superior
1925 Chevrolet Series K Touring
1925 Chevrolet Series K Touring

1927-1933

Chevrolet ran through many model designations during these years which included; Chevrolet Series AA, produced by Chevrolet in 1927. Announced in the year Ford transformed from the Model T to the Model A's, Chevrolet Series AB National produced in 1928 to replace the AA Capitol 1927, Chevrolet Series AC International manufactured in 1929 to succeed the 1928 Series AB National, Chevrolet Series AD Universal began selling in 1930, Chevrolet Series AE Independence, made by Chevrolet in 1931 to succeed the 1930 Series AD Universal, Chevrolet Series BA Confederate fabricated by Chevrolet in 1932 to supplant the 1931 Series AE Independence, The Chevrolet Eagle Series CA fabricated by Chevrolet in 1933 to succeed the 1932 Series BA Confederate, The Eagle was created early in the 1933 model year when it was joined by the less expensive Mercury later during 1933 the name of the Eagle name was changed to Master to give Chevrolet a two-car range, and the first run through in ten years they made two models on various wheelbases. The Mercury was also labeled the Standard series.

<b>1927 Chevrolet</b>
1927 Chevrolet
<b>1929 Chevrolet</b><br> The 1929 Chevrolet | 3 speed manual transmission | 171 c.i.d., 35hp, 4 cylinder engine.| Steel disk wheels were standard  front / 
rear bumpers were options.
1929 Chevrolet
<b>1930 Chevrolet</b><br> In 1930 Chevrolet offered a new model called the Special, pictured here, which included wire wheels.
1930 Chevrolet Coupe
<b>1931 Chevrolet</b><br> 1931 Chevrolet Roadster - Back side - Lincoln Center Auto Show
1931 Chevrolet
<b>1931 Chevrolet - Front</b><br>Lincoln Center Auto Show
1931 Chevrolet Roadster - Front
<b>1931 Chevrolet</b><br>It shared the same motor as other 1931 Chevys, a 194 cubic inch inline
1931 Chevrolet Coupe
<b>1931 Chevrolet Coupe</b><br>Photographed at the Peranno Garage - Waterloo Rd.- Photo 1
1931 Chevy Coupe
<b>1931 Chevrolet Coupe</b><br>Photographed at the Peranno Garage - Waterloo Rd. - Photo 2
1931 Chevy Coupe
<b>1932 Chevrolet Sedan</b>
1932 Chevrolet Sedan
<b>1932 Chevrolet at the Perano Garage</b>
1932 Chevrolet Coupe
<b>1933 Chevrolet</b><br>1933 Chevrolet Sedan - Lincoln Center Car Show
1932 Chevrolet Sedan

Master and Master Deluxe

The Chevrolet Master and Master Deluxe were produced by Chevrolet from 1933 through 1942 to replace the dated 1933 Eagle. It was the more costly model in the Chevrolet lineup at that time, with the Mercury and Standard offering a less expensive and smaller lineup from 1933 to 1937. From 1940 a more costly version in based upon the Master Deluxe was announced called the Special Deluxe.

<b>1933 Chevrolet Sedan</b><br>Lincoln Center Car Show
1933 Chevrolet Sedan
<b>1933 Chevrolet Master Eagle</b><br>3-window sports rumbleseat coupe - It was powered by an overhead valve straight 6 cylinder motor and a 3 speed manual
1933 Chevrolet Master Eagle
<b>1934 Chevrolet Sedan</b>
1934 Chevrolet Sedan
<b>1935 Chevrolet Suburban</b><br>These share the front sheet metal and frames of the 1/2 ton pickup models of the same year, but featured all-metal wagon bodies 1935 Chevrolet Surburban
<b>1936 Chevrolet 4 door touring Sedan</b>
1936 Chevrolet 4 Door Touring Sedan
<b>1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe 4 door sedan</b><br>The 1937 Chevrolet | 216.5 cubic inch inline six that developed 85 horses radio, clock, and heater,
1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe 4 Door Sedan
<b>1937 Chevrolet Master Deluxe</b><br>2 Door Sedan - Lincoln Center Car Show
1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe
<b>1937 Chevrolet</b><br>2 Door Sedan - Lincoln Center Car Show
1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe
<b>1938 Chevrolet Master Convertible</b><br>The 1938 Chevrolet got a restyled grille. The vents along the sides of the hood were also restyled.
1938 Chevrolet Master Convertible
<b>1939 Chevrolet Deluxe 4 Door Sedan</b><br>The Master Deluxe was the top of the line The
1939 Chevrolet Deluxe 4 Door Sedan
<b>1939 Chevy Deluce Touring Sedan</b><br>O'Connor Woods Assisted Living Hot August days Car Show - Check out those drive-in speakers
1939 Chevy Deluce Touring Sedan
<b>1940 Chevrolet Master Business Coupe</b><br>All 1940 Chevys rode on a 113" wheelbase.| optional dual windshield wipers
1940 Chevrolet Master Business Coupe

Fleetline

The Chevrolet Fleetline was manufactured from 1941 through 1952. From 1946 to 1948 it became a sub-series of the Fleetmaster as opposed to series of its own and from 1949 to 1951 it became a sub-series of both the Special and the Deluxe.

In 1941, The Fleetline was announced late in the model year as a four-door sedan. In 1942, an two-door "Aerosedan" fast back was also available. In 1947, the Fleetline was 71.26% of Chevrolet's sales. For the years' 1949 through 1952, the fastback was the only one available, and Chevrolet discontinued the Fleetline for 1953

<b>1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Business Coupe</b><br>The Special Deluxe was the top of the line Chevy in 1941. This
1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Business Coupe
<b>1942 Chevrolet Fleetline 4 Door Sedan</b>
1942 Chevrolet Fleetline
<b>1946 Chevrolet</b>
1946 Chevrolet
<b>1943 Chevrolet Fleetmaster</b>
1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster
<b>1947 Chevrolet Fleetline</b>
1947 Chevrolet Fleetline
<b>1948 Chevrolet Fleetline 4 Door Sedan</b>
1948 Chevrolet Fleetline 4 Door Sedan
<b>1949 Chevrolet Deluxe Fastback</b><br>The 1949 Chevy came with a 216.5 cubic inch, 92hp inline six cylinder engine as standard equipment.
1949 Chevrolet Deluxe Fastback
1950 Chevrolet<br>
<b>1950 Chevrolet Deluxe 4 door sedan</b> - This 1950 Chevy Styleline DeLuxe had rear fender skirts and rear chrome stone guards as standard equipment.
1950 Chevrolet
1951 Chevrolet
1951 Chevrolet 2 door fastback
1952 Chevrolet
1952 Chevrolet


Bel Air, 210 and 150 Models

Beginning in the 1953 model year, the old Special and Deluxe nameplates were retired, and became 150 and 210, respectively, with trim most like their former respective series. The Bel Air became the top line , including two-and four-door sedans, convertible and station wagon with components much like the 1950-1952 models (full carpeting, luxury interiors and other features).

1953 Chevrolet
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
1953 Chevrolet Nomad
1953 Chevrolet Nomad
1954 Chevrolet
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air 2 door Hardtop
1955 Chevrolet<br>
<b>1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 2 door Hardtop</b> - In 1955 Chevy got a completely new body. The chrome trim running from near the headlight and back onto the door was a Bel 
Air feature. A six cylinder, 235 cubic inch, 123hp engine was standard, a 265 cubic inch V8 with 165hp or 180hp was optional. 1955 Chevrolet
1956 Chevrolet<br>
<b>1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 2 door Hardtop </b>- This 1956 Chevy Bel Air Sport Coupe two door hardtop shows some of that years restyling. A new full width grille 
surrounded the parking lights. The tail lights were also redesigned. On all 1956 Chevys a wide V under the Chevrolet emblem on the hood and trunk lid indicates the 
car has a V8 engine.
1956 Chevrolet
1957 Chevrolet<br>
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2 door Hardtop - Chevy offered engine choices ranging from a 140hp six cylinder to V8s with a wide range of horsepower. 1957 Chevrolet


Impala

For its introduction in 1958, the Impala was distinguished from lesser value models by its symmetrical triple taillights, which came back from 1960 to 1996. In 1965,

1958 Chevrolet<br>
<b>1958 Chevrolet Impala 2 door Hardtop</b> - 1958 was the first year for the Impala and it was considered a part of the Bel Air model line up.
1958 Chevrolet
1959 Chevrolet<br>
<b>1959 Chevrolet Bel Air </b>-2 Door hard top and 4 door sedan. Bel Air side trim was a full length spear with a painted center. All 1959 Chevys had 
tear drop shaped tail lights. The lights were split into two sections on station wagons.
1959 Chevrolet
1960 Chevrolet<br>
<b>1960 Chevrolet </b>- The 1960 Chevy Impala four door hardtop was called as a Sport Sedan. The roof extended over the large wrap around rear window on the four door 
hardtops and led this roof style to be called a
1960 Chevrolet
1961 Chevrolet<br>
<b>1961 Chevrolet Impala </b>- The 1961 Chevy was restyled from bumper to bumper. This Impala two door hardtop has the new
1961 Chevrolet
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet
1962 Chevrolet<br>
<b>1962 Chevrolet Impala</b> - The grille was the same on all models. In back, the number of tail lights depended on the model, Impala used three.
1962 Chevrolet
1963 Chevrolet<br>
<b>1963 Chevrolet Impala</b> - Twin chrome trim bars behind the headlights were only on the Impala (and Impala SS) models. All Impalas were available with the base 
230 c.i.d. inline 140hp six cylinder engine. Engine options ncluded a 409 c.i.d 400hp V8.
1963 Chevrolet
1964 Chevrolet <br>
<b>1964 Chevrolet Impala SS</b> - The 1964 Chevy Impala SS hardtop coupe, like this one, came with bucket seats, center console and console mounted shifter. 
Base engines were a 230 cubic inch, 140hp inline six or a 283 cubic inch, 195hp V8. The Super Sport SS emblem appeared on the rear fenders.
1964 Chevrolet
1964 Chevrolet Impala SS
1964 Chevrolet Impala SS
1964 Chevrolet Impala SS
1964 Chevrolet Impala SS

1965 Chevrolet
1965 Chevrolet Impala SS

Caprice

The Caprice was presented as a top-line Impala Sport Sedan for the model year becoming it's own line over the Impala in 1966, which, thus, stayed over the Bel Air and the Biscayne. The Impala proceeded as the most popular Chevrolet full-size model through the mid-1980s.

1966 Chevrolet
1966 Chevrolet Bel Air Wagon
1967 Chevrolet
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Chevrolet
1968 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
1969 Chevrolet
1969 Chevrolet Kingswood

A Glimpse of Chevrolet Motor Cars from the 70s to Now

 A period of new challenges along with great changes occurred during the 70's which is reflected in the Chevy photos on this page. Chevrolet colloquially referred to as Chevy is a division of General Motors. Concerns over the environment, heated up while prices and competition from foreign countries led to an unparalleled downsizing of vehicles all across GM's lines. It became the most massive reengineering program ever attempted in the auto industry, bringing in a new era of lighter, more fuel-efficient and aerodynamic vehicles.

During 1971, GM began to pioneer engines that were able to run on unleaded gasoline. Two years subsequent, GM was the first manufacturer to provide an air bag on a mass produced automobile. During 1974, GM introduced catalytic converter a major step in cutting emissions. This technology, which GM shared, is still in use by the entire automobile industry.

However storm clouds were gathering on the horizon. However, fully recovered from the World War II, devastation, both Japan and Germany began exporting their cars to the United States. in greater numbers, while fuel price shocks at the pump sparked increased interest among consumers for these new, increased fuel-efficiency autos.

GM dashed to create smaller vehicles also, however GM had been too big and too successful too long to easily switch direction, and the undisputed dominance by GM in the U.S. market started eroding.

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Caprice - 1965- 1996-continued from above

The Caprice was presented as a top-line Impala Sport Sedan for the model year becoming it's own line over the Impala in 1966, which, thus, stayed over the Bel Air and the Biscayne. The Impala proceeded as the most popular Chevrolet full-size model through the mid-1980s.

1970 Chevrolet Impala
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1971 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
1971 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
1972 Chevrolet Impala
1972 Chevrolet Impala
1973 Chevrolet Caprice
1973 Chevrolet Caprice
1974 Chevrolet Impala
1974 Chevrolet Impala
1975 Chevrolet Caprice Classic
1975 Chevrolet Caprice Classic
1976 Chevrolet Caprice Classic
1976 Chevrolet Caprice Classic
1977 Chevrolet Caprice
1977 Chevrolet Caprice
1978 Chevrolet Caprice
1978 Chevrolet Caprice
1979 Chevrolet Caprice
1979 Chevrolet Caprice
1980 Chevrolet Caprice Classic
1980 Chevrolet Caprice Classic
1981 Chevrolet Impala
1981 Chevrolet Impala
1982 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon
1982 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon
1983 Chevrolet Caprice
1983 Chevrolet Caprice
1984 Chevrolet Caprice
1984 Chevrolet Caprice
1985 Chevrolet Caprice
1985 Chevrolet Caprice
1986 Chevrolet Caprice
1986 Chevrolet Caprice
1987 Chevrolet Caprice
1987 Chevrolet Caprice
1988 Chevrolet Caprice
1988 Chevrolet Caprice
1989 Chevrolet Caprice
1989 Chevrolet Caprice
1990 Chevrolet Caprice
1990 Chevrolet Caprice


Fourth generation Caprice (1991–1996)

The 1991 model was totally restyled—It succeeded the 1977-based rectilinear design with more round and areodynamic sheetmetal. While the body and the interior were all new, except for the Anti-Lock Braking System, the suspension and powertrain were from the 1990 model. Several noteworthy components (including the floor pan) are totally interchangeable with the 1977 to 1996 models.

Motor Trend named the Caprice Classic as their Car of the Year. Two trim levels were at offered initially—Caprice and Caprice Classic, succeeding the old Classic and Brougham models. General Motors had hopes of regaining the top position as America's most loved vehicle with the new streamlined styling of their full-size vehicle.

1991 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon
1991 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon
1992 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon
1992 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon
1993 Chevrolet Caprice
1993 Chevrolet Caprice
1994 Chevrolet Impala SS
1994 Chevrolet Impala SS
1995 Chevrolet Caprice
1995 Chevrolet Caprice
1996 Chevrolet Impala SS
1996 Chevrolet Impala SS


Chevrolet in the 2000's

The Chevrolet electric powered Volt is leading Chevrolet on to its second 100 years and is redefining the meaning of car. As the first off-the-rack electric vehicle in the world featuring a gasoline-power extended range, delivering around 380 miles of total driving range. What this means is Volt delivers all the advantages of an electric automobile without the range constraints associated with other types of electric vehicles available in the marketplace. Expanding the performance boundaries along with efficiency is redefining the meaning of a what a and epitomizes the Chevrolet heritage of providing value when introducing advanced technology.

The same forward-thinking philosophy that developed Volt from conception to production has also produced the Cruze and Equinox, whose values are confirmed by analytical praise, recommendations by third parties and the ever growing array of customers new to Chevrolet. Similarly, the Corvette and Camaro continue on in a sixty year heritage of delivering high-performance values, along with the latest technology to sports cars that are affordable. On the utility vehicle side, Silverado is providing the most capability in the lengthy history of Chevrolet trucks, with even more capability and efficiency coming in the future. These vehicles were created with an reflection on Chevrolet’s past, assuring they remain true to the commitment of the brand to provide added technology to additional people.

Impala - 1958 to 1985, 1994 to 1996, and 2000-present

2000 Chevrolet Impala
2000 Chevrolet Impala
2002 Chevrolet Impala
2002 Chevrolet Impala
2003 Chevrolet Impala
2003 Chevrolet Impala
2006 Chevrolet Impala
2006 Chevrolet Impala
2010 Chevrolet Impala
2010 Chevrolet Impala
2017 Chevrolet Impala LTZ
2017 Chevrolet Impala LTZ


Sports Cars

Corvette

See corvettes on the Corvette page
SUVs
See Chevrolet SUV Page
Pickups and Trumps
See Chevrolet Trucks page

Mid Size Chevrolets
Compact Chevrolets

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