The Early History of Chevrolet


The Chevrolet Motor Company was formed in 1911 by Louis Chevrolet and William Durant.  In 1912 Chevy introduced its first model: the “Classic Six” – a large vehicle, capable of going 65 miles an hour. The Series C Classic Six was much larger, and more expensive, than the Model T produced by Henry Ford, but that did not stop the Classic Six from being a major hit in its early years. In 1912 there were almost 3000 Classic Six produced and sold, and in 1913 the sales doubled to 6000!

In 1914, Chevrolet introduced its “bowtie” logo for the first time – the same type of logo that is still used today! 1918 brought about some changes for Chevrolet, since that was the year Chevy joined the GM Corporation (it was also the year that Chevy introduced its first ‘truck’!). And after just a little more than a decade preceding its incorporation, Chevy built its 1 millionth car. By 1930 (less than a decade after building its 1 millionth car) Chevy announced the production of its 7 millionth car!

Chevy introduced Powerglide, the first automatic transmission in the low-price field, in 1950, which led way to Chevy’s huge lineup of cars that we know and love, today. For example: in 1953 the Corvette was introduced, in 1954 it was the Bel Air Sport Coupe, 1958 was the introduction of the Impala, 1967 was the introduction of the Camaro, 1970 was the Monte Carlo, etc. And, by 1979 Chevrolet had built its 100 millionth car! From the 1980’s to today, Chevrolet has stayed at the top of the auto industry. Almost anywhere you turn you will find a Chevrolet.

Chevy has been making some huge strides within the last few years. For instance, this November Chevy will launch the production of the Chevy VOLT – its first electric car! Stop by Bob Maguire Chevrolet today to get more information on the VOLT!

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