Published On: Nov 02 2011 11:43:06 PM CDTUpdated On: Oct 29 2013 04:36:30 PM CDT
With Chevrolet marking its 100th anniversary, take a look at Kelley Blue Book's choices for the top 10 Chevys ever produced.
1912 Chevrolet Series C Classic Six
A design championed by Louis Chevrolet and developed in concert with French engineer Etienne Planche, this large, luxury touring car featured numerous amenities, including electric headlamps and electric starting. It was fitted with a 299 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine that made 40 horsepower and gave it a top speed of 65 mph.
1916 Chevrolet 490
"Intended to go head to head with Ford's incredibly popular Model T, the affordable Chevrolet 490 got its name from its base price -- $490 -- a figure that not coincidentally was $5 less than that of its prime rival. Smaller and far more utilitarian than the Series C Classic Six, the Chevrolet 490 had a 171-cubic inch/20-horsepower four-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission and, like the Model T, could only be ordered in black."
1929 Chevrolet with Stovebolt Six Engine
"The '29 Chevys were otherwise unremarkable, but the stovebolt inline-six had an enviable life, successfully transitioning through numerous technical redesigns and displacement changes that ranged from 3.2 to 4.8 liters. Among the most notable derivations was the 155-horsepower/235-cubic inch 'Blue Flame Six' version used in the 1953 Corvette."
1936 Chevrolet Suburban Carryall
"Recognized by most automotive historians as the first-ever sport utility vehicle, the 1936 Chevrolet Suburban Carryall combined a station-wagon body style with a half-ton truck chassis to create a new market segment that's still going strong after more than 75 years."
1948 Chevrolet Series 3100 Pickup
"In addition to ushering in a new and more stylized exterior look -- including its 'Unisteel Battleship' cab with bigger doors and a far larger glass area, the Series 3100 half-ton also set the stage for Chevy's modern-day pickups by introducing a new level of unexpected interior creature comforts, like a full three-across adjustable bench seat in place of the old trio of individual fixed-position perches, inside door locks, 'Four-fold' ventilation and an accessory AM radio."
1955 Chevrolet with Turbo-Fire V8
"Dubbed 'The Hot One' and presented under the 'Motoramic' marketing tag, the '55 Chevrolet was literally all-new from the ground up and featured a lighter-but-stiffer chassis and better-handling 'Glide Ride' suspension to complement its strikingly modern bodywork and interior treatments -- not to mention gaining a new 12V electrical system. However, it was the introduction of the new Turbo-Fire V8 option that really pulled it all together and helped Chevy sell over 1.7 million units in this pivotal year."
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray
"Arguably the greatest and unquestionably one of the most desirable models of all time, the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray was a rolling revelation in style and technology that has influenced the look and feel of every successive generation. The first of the 'C2' incarnation that ran from 1963-67, this fiberglass-bodied two-seater was based on the XP-720 show car created by GM's design boss, Bill Mitchell."
1960-1969 Chevrolet Corvair
The Corvair's unconventional rear-mounted air-cooled flat-six engine ensured excellent interior packaging and the styling, especially on the recast 1965-69 sedans/coupes/convertibles, holds up well even today. With up to 180 horsepower available in turbocharged Spyder models also were credibly quick in a straight line.
1967-69 Chevrolet Camaro
"With the Ford Mustang galloping out of the blocks at a record sales pace, Chevy responded by introducing its own brand of pony car, the now legendary Camaro. Although it shared some platform mechanicals with the upcoming Chevrolet Nova, the Camaro's aggressively refined exterior styling set it well apart from its compact kin."
2011 Chevrolet Volt
"A genuine revolution in automotive transportation, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt stands as one of the crowning achievements of the division's century of ongoing progress. Coupling knowledge gained from GM's pioneering EV1 electric car program in the 1990s with ongoing advances in the realm of E-REV (extended-range electric vehicle) design, engineers on the Volt development team managed to bring this sleek, well-appointed four-passenger liftback sedan from an auto show concept to full production status in less than four years."
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