Founded over one hundred years ago in 1911, Chevrolet has since become one of the biggest automakers in the world, having produced over 200 million cars and trucks. Since the early 1900’s, many automobile manufacturers have started and failed, but Chevrolet has stood the test of time, achieving numerous accomplishments and milestones along the way.
In 1912, Chevrolet’s “Classic Six”, a luxury high performance car, debuted, and in 1915, the Chevy Model 490 debuted, with a list price of $490. In 1918, Chevy followed up these successful models with the production of its first truck, based on the Model 490 car chassis. That year, Chevrolet also became part of General Motors.
During World War II, Chevy ceased civilian car production and made cars and trucks for the military as part of the war effort. Car production for civilian resumed after World War II, and in 1950, Chevy became the first auto manufacturer to offer an automatic transmission with the Powerglide transmission on its 1950 models.
Chevrolet has been a pioneer in the auto industry, being the first brand to have a regular-production fiberglass body with the Corvette, and producing the first and only rear-mounted, air-cooled, six-cylinder engine with the Corvair in 1959.
In 1979, the 100 millionth Chevrolet was built, and in 1992, the millionth Corvette rolled off of the assembly line. Today, Chevrolet is one of the ‘big three’ Detroit automakers, and with their new line of fuel-efficient cars and survival of GM’s bankruptcy, it seems that nothing can stop Chevrolet as an American icon.
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