May 4, 2015 By Mike Lee
Last updated on June 22, 2016

Chevrolet LogoBrief History About Chevrolet

Chevrolet (a division of General Motors) was founded in 1911 in the USA by Louis Chevrolet (race driver), William C. Durant (Founder of General Motors) and a number of investors.

The first car to be produced was the Series C Classic Six in 1913 and shown at the New York Auto Show. Chevrolet competed with Ford and Plymouth/Dodge as a popular peoples car maker and was well priced.

In 1929 Chevrolet introduced the ‘Stove-bolt’ overhead-valve inline six-cylinder engine and later Standard Six engine, while Ford were still offering flathead four engines. They also started to be more creative and offered many styling details on their cars.

During WW2 like many auto makers at the time, the factories stopped car production and produced components and items needed for the war effort.

With successful sales, Chevrolet wanted to compete with the worlds sports car market and built the Corvette in 1953 with a fibre-glass body and the Six engine, which was replaced with a V8 when they introduced the now well known Chevy small block V8 in 1955, which was followed by the addition of a fuel injection system in 1957.

During the 60’s and 70’s Chevrolet produced a wide range of vehicles and introduced the Camaro in 1967 to compete against the Ford Mustang. In the 80’s and 90’s, carbs faded out and improved fuel injection systems and engine management systems were added.

During the new millennium Chevrolet (mostly associated as being a USA brand) have made more efforts to expanded its operations throughout the world.

Bel Air 1953-1957

Camaro 1st Gen
Camaro 1st Gen 1967-1969

Camaro 2nd Gen
Camaro 2nd Gen 1970-1981

Camaro 3rd Gen
3rd Gen 1982-1992

Camaro 4th Gen
Camaro 4th Gen 1993-2002

Camaro 5th Gen
Camaro 5th Gen 2009-2015

Camaro 6th Gen
Camaro 6th Gen 2016 on

Chevelle SS
Chevelle SS 1968-1972

El Camino
El Camino 1959-1987

Nova SS
Nova SS 1968-1972

Corvette C1
Corvette C1 1953-1962

Corvette C2
Corvette C2 1963-1967

Corvette C3
Corvette C3 1968-1982

Corvette C4
Corvette C4 1983-1996

Corvette C5
Corvette C5 1997-2004

Corvette C6
Corvette C6 2005-2014

Corvette C7
Corvette C7 2014 on

Cobalt SS
Cobalt SS 2004-2010