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True Barn Find – 1934 Chevrolet Standard Six
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True Barn Find – 1934 Chevrolet Standard Six

What's black and tan and white all over? This black 1934 Chevrolet with tan interior and white bird **** all over it. Lucky for you, it's all included in the sale of this barn find Chevy. Located on Craigslist near Bozeman, Montana, you can have the honors of yanking it out of its resting place if you fork over $7,500. Not a bad price to pay for a lovely piece of Depression era Americana. Taking into account where it sits, you get the sense this car was once a proud farmer's Sunday driver until it became a Monday beater. Luckily the owner never put out to pasture as it aged and instead allowed to hibernate as migrating birds nested above it for generations. Oh, if birds could talk. Are there parrots in Montana? Squak, Polly want a Chevy. Chevrolet Master or Chevrolet Standard Six ...
October 12, 1981 – 3rd generation Camaro production begins
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October 12, 1981 – 3rd generation Camaro production begins

1984 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. By GPS 56 from New Zealand - 1984 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28, CC BY 2.0 The Chervolet Camaro first hit the market for the 1967 model year as Chevy's answer to the Ford Mustang. The two have remained steadfast rivals ever since. It was on this day in 1981 that the third generation of the Camaro went into production for the 1982 sales year. The first generation only lasted between its introduction and the 1969 model year. The sec gen Camaros stuck around a little longer, with production beginning for 1970. This third gen, the first to feature a standard four banger, represented the changing tastes of the 1980s as well as any car could. It was during this production run that Chevrolet introduced the iconic IROC-Z, first appearing for 1985 with an available V8. The...
September 17, 1909 – GM executive Ed Cole is born
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September 17, 1909 – GM executive Ed Cole is born

On this day in 1909, General Motors executive Ed Cole was born in Marne, Michigan. The son of a dairy farmer, Cole spent his youth designing, building and selling homemade radios. Later he went to work as a field representative for a tractor manufacturing company. His first job in the auto industry saw him manning the counter at an auto parts store, which he did while attending Grand Rapids Community College. He’d later enroll in the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University in Flint, MI), where he pursued an education in engineering. The GM leadership saw the potential in Cole and decided it best to keep him around after graduation. His consistent quality output at GM led him to being assigned co-head of development, alongside Henry Barr, for the 1949 Cadillac V8 engine. ...
September 16, 1908 – The birth of General Motors
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September 16, 1908 – The birth of General Motors

Buick Motor Car company owner William C. Durant leveraged an engine supply deal with McLaughlin Motor Car Company of Canada to found General Motors on this day in 1908. In the beginning, the Detroit headquartered GM , which positioned it self as an automotive holding company, had only Buick, under its umbrella. Within a decade it would acquire more than twenty companies. Above: A woman driving a 1910 Buick. Top: William Durant with Chevrolet 490 Durant would acquire Oldsmobile later in 1908, bringing GM’s holdings to two. The next year, GM purchased Cadillac, Cartercar, Elmore, Ewing, Oakland, Reliance Motor Truck Company and Rapid Motor Vehicle Company. The latter two being the predecessors to GMC. That same year, Durant initiated an attempt to purchase Ford Motor Company for...
September 2, 1994 – The National Corvette Museum Opens
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September 2, 1994 – The National Corvette Museum Opens

The National Corvette Museum opened to the public on this day in 1994 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the city home to Chevrolet Corvette production since 1981. The museum features a mesmerizing collection of America's Sports Car and it doesn't shy away from telling the tale of a catastrophic sinkhole that swallowed eight of the museum's prized cars.
August 2, 1967 – 1970 Chevelle Clay Model documented (plus Chevelles for sale!)
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August 2, 1967 – 1970 Chevelle Clay Model documented (plus Chevelles for sale!)

With the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle being one of the most well-known and sought after muscle cars, it's funny to think about what could have been. These shots from Super Chevy magazine, the first dated August 2, 1967, apparently offer a glimpse into the alternate designs the mid-sized muscle car could have carried for the 1970 model year. Is it just me, or does that first shot look more like a Monte Carlo or another heavy Chevy? In any case, we ended up with the iconic Chevelle we know today. What details catch your eye? These shots offer additional insight into what the design team was thinking for 1970. The above photo shows the dual headlight design, while below we see a single headlight front end. While 1970 would feature four circular headlights, it'd be the final year of the...
July 2, 1992 – The one millionth Corvette
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July 2, 1992 – The one millionth Corvette

On this day in 1992 the 1,000,000th Corvette rolled out of GM's Bowling Green, Kentucky, assembly plant. It was a convertible with a red interior, a white exterior and a black top, the same color schemes as all of the original 1953 Corvettes, which celebrated their 39th birthday just two days prior.  https://youtu.be/HBFr-jvrGQo The 1,000,000th Corvette suffered severe damage on February 12, 2014, when a sinkhole opened up inside the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. It and several other important Corvettes fell into the hole. A painstaking restoration funded by Chevrolet returned the 1,000,000th Corvette to factory condition. It even still contains all the signatures from the workers who helped assemble it originally.. The Corvette was America’s first all-fiberglass-...
June 30, 1953 – The first production Corvettes leave the factory
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June 30, 1953 – The first production Corvettes leave the factory

The automotive industry changed forever when the first production Chevrolet Corvette rolled out of a General Motors’ assembly facility in Flint, Michigan, on this day in 1953. The Corvette, a dream vehicle designed by Harley Earl, first met the public in January 1953. The prototype fiberglass bodied sports car debuted at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City during GM's annual Motorama. The response from the crowd was enough to warrant putting the vehicle into production. https://youtu.be/Oxyy8_K03w0 Above: Video of 1953 Corvette productionTop: The first Chevrolet Corvettes leave the factory (GM) Just 300 handbuilt 1953 Corvettes left the assembly line that first year. Each was a white convertible with red interior and a black canvas top. The fiberglass body hid a mild dr...
May 14, 1969 – The last Chevrolet Corvair is built, then vanishes
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May 14, 1969 – The last Chevrolet Corvair is built, then vanishes

The idiosyncratic Chevrolet Corvair hit the market for 1960, marking a major departure from common automobile production practices in the United States. The air-cooled rear-engined compact more closely resembled a Volkswagen than the land yachts rolling off most US assembly lines at the times. While its unique design attracted curious consumers, the car also attracted unwanted attention. Ralph Nader famously targeted the Corvair in his book Unsafe at Any Speed, which called out automakers for failing to implement known safety equipment. Eventually lawsuits rose surrounding the Corvair's alleged flaws. While General Motors intended to scrap the Corvair in 1967 before the book ever went to press, the little car's life earned an extension to make it appear that Nader didn't bully GM into...
May 11, 1978 – 2 millionth Camaro is built
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May 11, 1978 – 2 millionth Camaro is built

Depending on who you ask, Camaro could be a French word for friendship, or an animal that eats Mustangs. The most likely meaning behind the name? A typo, or possibly French slang. Keeping in line with other C-names of the era, such as Chevelle, Corvette and Corvair, Chevrolet suits were on the hunt for the perfect name for their Mustang compeitor. The story goes that Chevrolet merchandising manager Bob Lund and General Motors vice president Ed Rollett discovered the word Camaro in Heath's French and English Dictionary by James Boïelle and by de V. Payen-Payne, printed in 1936. The French-English dictionary supposedly listed the word as a slang term that meant friend, pal, or comrade. In contemporary French, the term doesn't exist. Regardless, they picked the name and introduced t...

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