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January 17, 1953 – The Chevrolet Corvette debuts
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January 17, 1953 – The Chevrolet Corvette debuts

America’s sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette, made its public debut at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City during GM’s Motorama on this day in 1953. After much fanfare at the event, GM rushed the two-seater into production. With design by Harley Earl and his special projects team, the Corvette became the first all fiberglass bodied sports car mass produced in the United States. To build the Corvettes, GM set up a temporary assembly line at an old pick up station in Flint, Michigan. The first 300 Corvettes, each hand built, began rolling off the assembly line on June 30 of that year. All 300 produced for 1953 had identical characteristics, each being a polo white convertible with a red interior and black top. A Blue Flame six cylinder sat under the hood connected to a tw...
Caribbean Classic – 1984 Chevrolet Caprice 8 Seat Wagon – $9,900
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Caribbean Classic – 1984 Chevrolet Caprice 8 Seat Wagon – $9,900

By Cody Clark Tony Montana’s life began to unravel in a Crown Victoria wagon. If you play your cards better and choose this 1984 Chevrolet Caprice wagon instead, perhaps it will be the start of a great story rather than the beginning of the end. Presumably featuring a 5-liter V8 that ambitiously belted 150 screaming horsepower when new, a slew of new parts, and rear-facing seats over the driven wheels, the world can be yours in this wood-lined land yacht available on Craigslist for $9,900 in Pembroke Pines, FL. This generation of Caprice represented GM’s campaign to downsize the family car. It’s hard to believe this car shows any commitment to downsizing. A cursory search says that a wagon like this would be nearly 18 feet long, which is 2022 Toyota Tacoma territory. But it is r...
January 1, 1942 – Ending civilian auto production for WWII
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January 1, 1942 – Ending civilian auto production for WWII

Blackout 1942 Chevrolet (note the painted grille) An order from the US Office of Production Management issued on this day in 1942 announced an impending freeze on the production and delivery of civilian automobiles in the United States as part of the national war effort. Civilian production would end completely by February 22 that year, leaving a stockpile of 520,000 cars that would be available for purchase to those the government deemed as essential drivers. Vehicles produced in January and February used limited bright-work, such as chrome, as these materials became necessary for war production. This resulted in vehicles now known as blackout cars, where moldings had painted finishes rather than bright metal. Blackout 1942 Ford Truck
December 25, 1878 – Louis Chevrolet is born
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December 25, 1878 – Louis Chevrolet is born

Louis Chevrolet at right. Louis Chevrolet, namesake to Chevrolet Motor Car Company, was born on this day in 1878 in Switzerland. After immigrating to Paris as a child he became fascinated with bicycle racing and mechanics. He spent his early adulthood working in various mechanics shops before moving to Canada and then New York by 1900. There he found work at the Brooklyn operations of the French car manufacturer de Dion-Bouton, giving him a chance to hone his automobile engineering skills. He would soon discover a passion for driving. Above: Louis Chevrolet: Top: Chevrolet driving a Frontenac The growing sport of automobile racing captured the world's awe, and Chevrolet was no exception. First hired in 1905 by FIAT, two years later he became a driver for Philadelphia based Autoca...
December 24, 1961 – The birth of the Split Window Corvette
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December 24, 1961 – The birth of the Split Window Corvette

1963 Corvette Automobile designer Bill Mitchell received quite the Christmas gift from General Motors on this day in 1961 when two of his designs were selected for production. His sketches for the 1963 Buick Riviera and the split-window 1963 Chevrolet Corvette would become a reality. The latter, of course, would become iconic in the automotive world. However, this wasn’t the first time, nor the last, that Mitchell would create something so memorable. Front view of 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Mitchell’s career in the auto industry started as an advertising illustrator for the Automobile Racing Club of America. After being recruited by Harley Earl to join the Art and Colour Section of General Motors in 1935, Mitchell found himself right at home at the design table. At GM, he designed s...
December 22, 1978 – The last true Chevy Nova
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December 22, 1978 – The last true Chevy Nova

Introduced for 1962, the Chevy II hit the market to compete with the Ford Falcon. The vehicle's designers used the Falcon as a blueprint for nearly every aspect of the car. They even engineered it to be a wagon, 2-door, 4-door or convertible, just like the competition at FoMoCo. The only body styles the Falcon offered that the Chevy II did not included the sedan delivery and coupe utility, the latter being badged as the Ranchero. Like the Falcon, various trim levels were available for the Chevy II. The top of the line model received a Nova badge. When Ed Cole introduced the Chevy II to the press in the fall of 1961 he stated that it offered "maximum functionalism, with thrift." 1962 Chevy II Nova advertisement For 1962 and 1963, only inline 4 and 6 model engines were available....
Cheap Classic -1988 Chevrolet Camaro for sale – $4,950
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Cheap Classic -1988 Chevrolet Camaro for sale – $4,950

It's no IROZ-Z, but this 1988 Chevy Camaro for sale on Craigslist in Tacoma, Washington sure stands out in a crowd. While a lot of the vehicles we feature on this site need a little TLC, this one just needs someone to put the pedal to the metal. While you may have to wait a few months to drop its top, this third generation Chevrolet Camaro appears ready to rip. At a hair under $5,000, this seems to be a steal of a deal. Hurry though, this Camaro convertible was listed less than an hour ago. 1988 Camaro Engine Under the hood is a transplanted, fuel injected 305 V8 that the seller claims has less than 50,000 miles on it. If it is original spec, it would put out about 195 horsepower, connected to an automatic transmission. Aside from that, they don't offer any additional inform...
December 2, 1916 – Uniontown Speedway holds first race, 5 die
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December 2, 1916 – Uniontown Speedway holds first race, 5 die

Uniontown Speedway In the early days of auto racing, death was simply a byproduct of the action. In many circumstances, watching a race could be as deadly as being a driver. Though cars grew faster and faster, little was done to curb the likelihood of being maimed on the track. By 1916, high performance racers zoomed around specially built tracks at speeds ranging from 60 to 100 mph with little or no safety measures in place. If anything, track designs encourage speed, not safety. Such was the case with new Uniontown Speedway just outside of Uniontown, PA, which held its first race on this day in 1916. Uniontown Speedway Construction In the days before the debut event, racers entered the track for testing and practice. During these trial runs, the new speedway claimed its first v...
November 23, 1954 – The 50 millionth General Motors car is produced
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November 23, 1954 – The 50 millionth General Motors car is produced

At approximately 10 a.m. on this day in 1954, Chevrolet General Manager Thomas Keating drove a gold plated 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe off a Flint, Michigan assembly line, marking the 50 millionth automobile produced by General Motors. Shortly thereafter it would be loaded onto a flatbed parade float and towed through downtown Flint. Thousands of people packed the streets to get a glimpse of the historic vehicle. A number of other important automobiles and people flowed through the streets that day, including the first Cadillac produced under GM ownership. To commemorate the occasion, Chevrolet built 5,000 gold painted Bel Airs, though these were four door models and their trim remained chrome. This of course was much less expensive than the 716 trim parts plated with 24-car...
November 22, 1893 – Harley Earl is born
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November 22, 1893 – Harley Earl is born

Automotive designer and executive Harley J. Earl was born on this day in 1893 in Hollywood, California. Earl began his automotive career when he dropped out of Stanford to join his father’s coachbuilding business, Harley Automotive Works. There he learned the art of crafting custom car bodies, many of which were going to Hollywood’s biggest stars at the time, including Tom Mix. After Cadillac dealer Don Lee purchased the business, he named Earl director of the custom body shop. Cadillac General Manager Lawrence P. Fisher would pass through the shop and witness Earl’s talent. Top: Harley Earl in the Buick Y Job. Above: Harley Earl in a 1927 LaSalle 303 Roadster While on a national tour of dealerships, Fisher observed Earl at work. He noticed how he used innovative design methods ...

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