On November 3, 1911, Chevrolet was registered in Detroit by entrepreneur William Durant and Louis Chevrolet, a race car driver of Swiss origin, who was then popular in the USA. Actually, the company received the name of the latter. The first model of the brand was not mass: Series C Classic Six cost from $ 2150, while the Ford T sold for $ 850.
Chevrolet Bel Air (1957)
Chevrolet Bel Air (1957) Chevrolet Bel Air (1957)
The first mass Chevrolet 490 appeared only in 1915 and cost $ 490. Over the course of its history, the brand has come a long way - from a practical but expensive self-propelled crew with a 30 hp engine. and an electric starter, through the era of the famous "fins" and super-gluttonous aspirated from the 60s to the current "world" subcompacts, which are designed in South Korea and assembled around the world.
1932 Chevrolet Sport Roadster
1932 Chevrolet Sport Roadster 1932 Chevrolet Sport Roadster
However, for fans of the brand, supercars - Camaro and Corvette - always remain in the lineup. All these models - both retrocars and production cars - could be personally assessed at the GM training ground in the vicinity of Detroit. In general, a trip to the celebration of the centenary of the company turned out to be in fact a business trip - a training ground, a factory, a design center …
1936 Chevrolet Suburban
Chevrolet Suburban (1936) accommodated seven passengers, not counting the driver. This car we must say thanks for the station wagon. Chevrolet Suburban (1936) accommodated seven passengers, not counting the driver. This car we must say thanks for the station wagon.
… At a test site in Milford next to the modern Suburban, an off-road vehicle of the first generation of this model (born in 1935!) With three rows of seats is on display. And next to the current Camaro - the legendary model of 1969 … Cool! And all on the go. True, if any of the journalists can sit behind the wheel of the modern Corvette (and over 200 from all over the world have come to us!), Specially trained pilots manage the rarities. But to sit side by side during a demo race - please! And you can even touch all the buttons, little knobs …
1914 Chevrolet Royal Mail Roadster
1914 Chevrolet Royal Mail Roadster 1914 Chevrolet Royal Mail Roadster
Milford - the largest and most important General Motors training ground; all new models are being finalized here before entering the market. In addition, in Milford, Americans conduct resource tests of cars - each car travels 100 thousand miles in four months!
… On a short, winding track with small sections for acceleration, I was able to ride almost all models of the American model range - from the new Aveo sedan (sold in the USA under the name Sonic) to the full-size Silverado pickup truck with twin wheels on rear axle. The line, of course, lined up for the test "Camaro" and "Corvettes." They look, of course, amazing, start from a place like missiles … Cool! Especially good is the Corvette ZR1 with a 6.2-liter engine with a capacity of 647 “horses”.
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Words can not describe the feeling of managing this monster! As well as the thrill of driving a giant Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. This is not a car, but a real small-sized apartment, and you can load the belongings of an average household into the trunk. It is not surprising that many young American people begin to live in such a machine … Moreover, this miracle of technology is quite acceptable: from 34 thousand dollars. True, this is in the USA. In our country, only “gray” dealers offer such mastodons, and they cost three times more than in their homeland …
Chevrolet El Camino SS (1967)
Chevrolet El Camino SS (1967) Chevrolet El Camino SS (1967)
But the last novelty from the Chevrolet - the electric car "Volt" next year, as we are promised, can reach Russia. True, while it also turns out, apparently, too expensive. But this is so far, because in the future, perhaps, such models have a good perspective …
1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS
1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS
And in conclusion, a few "talking" numbers about the brand. For 100 years, over 209 million cars with a “butterfly” on the radiator grill have been sold worldwide. Last year was the record year when 4.26 million cars were found, and Chevrolet was the only one of the five largest global manufacturers who was able to increase its market share. The bestseller of recent years - Cruz - has been sold worldwide with a circulation of over 1 million units. And in general, every 7.4 seconds in the world one car of the brand is sold.
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