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