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12 Facts You Should Know About Chevrolet

Chevrolet is one of the world’s most iconic automotive makers. The company has been building cars since 1911, and has produced some of the most beautiful cars ever seen—cars like the 1963 Corvette and the 1957 Bel Air. But, there are likely a lot of things that you don’t know about this auto maker, their roots and the cars they’ve built. Here are some things you didn’t know about Chevrolet:

1963 Corvette split window

 

Foreign Born

Louis Chevrolet wasn’t born in America. In fact, he was born in 1878, in a little country called Switzerland. When he was just 6 years old, he moved to France, where he was taught simple mechanics from his watch-making father.

1935 chevrolet

Rear-View Driving

Modern Corvettes can reach mind boggling speeds in reverse. Not sure who’d want to go 50+ miles per hour while having to look in the rear-view mirror for navigation. But hey, to each their own.

2015 corvette stingray

 

Fiberglasstastic

The first Corvette was actually introduced in 1953, which is one year earlier than most people realize. However, only 300 Vettes were made that year. The ’53 proved that fiberglass was a viable option for the body on a sports car.

1953 corvette

Corvette’s Name

The Corvette is actually named after a small, nimble warship class. Actually, it is even smaller than a destroyer.

Corvette warship

Bow-Tie

The first time the iconic bow tie symbol was used was way back in 1913. It has been in use ever since, without any signs of stopping.

Chevy-Bowtie-Logo-05

Friendly Camaro

The name Camaro is actually loosely translated in French as “friend.” It wasn’t always called by that name, though. Originally, it was the Panther.

1969 RSSS Camaro

 

Shrimp and Loose Bowels

As an anti-marketing ploy, Chevrolet’s competitors inquired about what Camaro actually meant, because nobody could find it in a French dictionary. At one point, they said it meant “shrimp like fish” or “loose bowels.” Certainly, today’s cars can make your bowels loose when you mash the go-fast pedal.

2013 camaro burnout

 

Chevy’s First Pickup

Chevrolet’s first pickup truck to be sold to the general public rolled off the assembly line in 1918 and was dubbed the 490 Light Delivery. They sold for a whopping $595.

1916-Chevrolet-FourNinety-truck

 

Suburban

The Suburban was introduced way back in 1936, and was based on a panel truck. This model is still being produced today, making it the longest running automotive model in existence.

1936 Suburban

 

1983 Vette

Many people falsely believe that Chevrolet didn’t make any Corvettes for model year 1983. The truth, is that they didn’t sell any to the public. In fact, only a handful were actually built, and only one remains. It lives in the National Corvette Museum in KY.

1983 Vette

 

Long Running

Because 44 C4 Vettes were built in 1983, it makes the Corvette the longest running, continuously built passenger car model in history—being built since 1953.

1967 corvette big block

 

Top Selling

The Chevy Impala is one of the top all-time selling models ever built. Since it was first introduced in 1958, more than 14 million have sold. The name Impala, is actually derived from an antelope that lives in Africa.

1962 impala

 

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