The Chevrolet
From 1959 to 1965



 

 

 
These pictures came for a number of sources including web
pages of the manufacturer, news groups and my own.
Since most of these pictures came from news groups there may be a chance that your car is shown here.

I would like to invite any one that has a favorite Chevrolet picture or a Web Page that they would like added to this page to E mail me a copy.

John MacDonald


 
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The life and times of the Chevrolet logo

 

A Brief History of the Chevrolet


The Chevrolet began it's life in 1911 when a race car driver and automotive engineer Louis Chevrolet cofounded the Chevrolet Motor Car Company with William C. Durant and investors William Little and Dr. Edwin R. Campbell.
The design for the first Chevy, the Series C Classic Six was drawn up by Etienne Planche and was ready for production long before Chevrolet was actually incorporated.
This design was made by M. Etienne Planche on 15 March 1911 at a garage premises at number 707, later 3939 Grand River Avenue, Detroit. It appears that the small second story space above the garage was used for new engine design and construction only. Prototypes of the Chevrolet were produced in what would today be called a "pilot plant" in the 1145, West Grand Boulevard Plant that was used between August 1911 and August 1913. 
By November 3, 1911 The Chevrolet Motor Car Company entered the turbulent automobile market.
Durant envisioned his new company as an inexpensive competitor to the Ford Model T.
He chose to name the company after its designer, Louis Chevrolet, because he liked the sound of the name and because Chevrolet was a prominent name in motor sports.
The Chevrolet family was poor and Louis was given only a basic education before he left home. He was not capable to be a designer/drawer, but got a great deal of technical experience, first in the wine and bicycle business in Europe, and then with several car dealers in New York after arrival in 1900. After joining the racing car business, chasing Barney Oldfield and others with success he was engaged by Durant first to the Buick racing team No. 1 with his brother, and later as a consultant adviser  for the new car Durant had in mind. 
Finally in 1934,  GM put Louis Chevrolet on their payroll as a mechanic in one of the factories. Illness forced him to retire in 1938.
However the Louis' car: The Classic Six was far too expensive (USD 2100,-) to compete with the T-Ford, so Durant had to skip the big, expensive car and go for small, simple ones as the Little Four. As before, Louis disagreed. He "lost" his name to the car, but left with $10,000 and 100 shares in the Chevrolet Motor Car Company, and started working with another racing enthusiast, Albert Champion, on his racing career again.

The production of Chevrolet type C Six was so delayed that it became a 1913 model. From April 1912 until end of the year the Little Motor Company (owned by Chevrolet Motor Co.) produced 2999 Little Four's. All had "Little" as the emblem on the radiator (not Chevrolet). Regrettably there is still the published misnomer that Chevrolet built 2999 Classic Sixes as 1912 models as its first year of production.  The first Chevrolet Six was ready for the dealers 2nd Jan. 1913, and was delivered to the first consumer 13th March. During July and August of 1914, all the remaining parts were used up and the Type C Classic production ended at Flint. Advertisements in August 1913 announced that the Little cars were now to be called "Chevrolets". Its 299 cubic inch, 6 cylinder engine could reach a top speed of 65 miles per hour.
The Chevrolet Bow Tie has been one of the World's most recognized trademarks since 1913, when William C. Durant first introduced the symbol that represents Chevrolet's winning success! The Bow Tie was used on the renamed Little cars for the 1914 season (late 1913).
A story in Chevrolet Pro Management Magazine, October 1986, which was copied in the May 1987 G&D, told that W.C. Durant did not copy the design from the wallpaper in a French hotel room, and that according to Mrs. Durant, the bow tie emblem was first seen by her husband in an illustrated Virginia newspaper, while they were vacationing in Hot Springs, Virginia around 1912. Mrs. Durant was quoted as recalling, "We were in a suite reading the papers, and he saw this design and said, 'I think this would be a very good emblem for the Chevrolet' " She did not explain how the newspaper used the emblem.
Chevrolet first used the Bowtie emblem in 1913. It is said to have been designed from wallpaper Durant once saw in a French hotel but there are several other versions of how the bow tie came about.
The success of the 490 sales in 1915 gave Chevrolet a flying start in the low price market. The 490 sold at that time for $490. However, the 490 was already too under priced when introduced, as all margins had been as low as possible from start. Ford fought back by reducing his price (several times) and Durant had to increase the price for his 490's after some few months. He could not challenge the continuously cheaper T-Ford mass production, so Durant used a different method of competing. he added sought after features like electric lights and starter etc. and he introduced the closed bodies to capture some of the low price market. This method worked. 
Ford was far ahead with much higher volume, but Durant made much higher profits on each car, which was one of the reasons that he was able to regain the ownership in GM in 1916. 
Chevrolet continued to improve their cars and add options that the public wanted. Chevrolet offered the first radio option in 1924.
Chevrolet sold it's first truck in 1918 and in that year joined GM Corporation. 
GM nearly went out of business in 1920, when up to 100,000 cars of the "490" were stored at the
factories, unsold for some time.

1927 was a year that Chev will never forget. Chevrolet outsold Ford by topping 1 million units for the first time. In all but four of the next 55 years, Chevrolet was the top selling American nameplate. 
However Chevrolet didn't do as good as it at first appeared. The main reason why Chevrolet 
reached # 1 position 1927 was the fact that Ford closed his factories for several months to change all production lines to make the A-Fords, leaving his share of the market open for Chevrolet and Chrysler.
 
 


 

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The 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne 2 Door Sedan shown below is owned by Brian Hepburn from South Africa.
Brian had the following to say about this car.
"I was trying to find a chevy impala, that I thought Dan Gurney had raced. Anyway's it turned out to be Jr Johnson, who did time for running moonshine for his Dad, now we know where he got his driving skills from.
We located a 59 biscayne over the Internet " E-bay" and had it shipped over here. It eventually got here "bout the 10th Nov , stripped it down and built up a 400 cu in motor (got 566 hp on the dyno)
Bolted on a Muncie box got stronger sideshafts, had it painted and managed to debut it on Feb the 2nd.
And much to my delight put it on pole and got a 1st and 2nd in a 2 heat race for pre '66 saloons.
Gave the Ford guys a big wake up call." 

 
   

 
 1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
 1959 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe
 
 
1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
1959 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe
 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air Sedan
 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne Sedan Delivery
   
 1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air Sedan
 
 
 1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
 1959 Chevrolet Impala Sport Hardtop Coupe
 
 
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1959 Chevrolet El Camino
 1959 Chevrolet El Camino
This car is owned by James Martin 
 
 
1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
 1959 Chevrolet Impala 2 Door Hardtop
 
 
1959 Chevrolet
 1959 Chev Impala 2 Door Sedan
 
 
1959 Chevrolet Impala 2 Door Hardtop
 1959 Chevrolet Impala 2 Door Hardtop
 
 
1959 Chev ElCamino
 1959 Chevrolet Impala 2 Door Hardtop
 
 
1960 Chevrolet BelAir 4 Door Sedan
 1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
   
 1960 Chevrolet Impala 348 Tri-Power 350 HP Convertible
 1960 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
 
 
 1960 Chevrolet Biscayne Sedan Delivery
 1960 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
 
 
 1960 Chevrolet Impala Sport 4 Door Hardtop
 1960 Chevrolet Nomad 348 V-8 Deluxe Station Wagon
 
 
 1960 Chevrolet Kingswood Station Wagon
 1960 Chevrolet Nomad Station Wagon
 
 
1960 Chevy Impala 4 Door Sedan
 1960 Chevy Impala 4 Door Hardtop
 
 
This 1960 Chevrolet Impalla 2 Door Hardtop is owned
by Shiree Invercargill from New Zealand
The first picture was taken at the
Bottom of the World Bluff, New Zealand
1960 Chevrolet Impalla 2 Door Hardtop
1960 Chevrolet Impalla 2 Door Hardtop
1960 Chevrolet Bescayne 2 Door Sedan
This picture was submitted by David B. Stang of Columbus Ohio
This car was owned by his family in 1960
 1961 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport 283 Sport Coupe
 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409 Convertible
 
 
 1961 Chevrolet Impala 4 Door Sport Sedan
 1961 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport 409 Sport Coupe
 
 
 1961 Chevrolet Nomad Station Wagon
 1961 Chevrolet Parkwood Station Wagon
HY Rail Conversion
 
 
 1961 Chevy Impala SS
 1961 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
   
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 1961 Chevrolet Impala 4 Door Sedan
 1961 Chevrolet Impala 4 Door Sedan
 These pictures were taken in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia
on Aug 8, 2009. The car was was in a local car show.
 
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 1961 Chevrolet Impala 4 Door Sedan
 1961 Chevrolet Impala 4 Door Sedan
 
 
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 1961 Chevy Impala SS
 1962 Chevrolet Impala Station Wagon
This car is owned by John Hunsaker, Sacramento,
California, USA
It has is an original 300 hp 327, 4-speed, and has been
in or near his family since new.
 
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1962 Chevrolet Impala Station Wagon
1962 Chevrolet Impala Station Wagon
   
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1962 Chevrolet Impala Station Wagon
1962 Impala Frame, Suspension and Powertrain
The original owner, a family living accross the street from us, purchased the car in late 1961. Our family purchased her from them in January 1984. She has been in the family ever since, used as a backup car, driven to and from work and finally in 1991, after 40 years of Chevy service, she was retired.
In 2004, she was scheduled for restoration. The restoration project has been long and costly. Today, She is all new again. 
The original 300 hp 327 engine is completely rebuilt. Quality machine shop work includes; hot tank, shot peen and magnaflux block and heads, block resurfaced and bored .30, original steel crankshaft polished, heads surfaced, new 300 hp cam and valve train components, new hard valve seats, new valves. All moving parts replaced with only the highest quality GM or GM specification components. Engine block, heads and intake manifold casting dates are all September 1961.
Power steering, power brakes, AC, AM radio, Dunlop "Touring" whitewall tires. 
Whenever available restoration parts used were either Original GM or GM authorized reproductions. Whenever possible, all original parts were meticulously restored. 
Original 1962 GM 920 Fawn exterior color was changed to 1962 Chevrolet Anniversary Gold.
Original 1962 GM 920 Fawn color and upholstery patterns throughout the interior - exact reproduction.
Predominantly factory specifications restoration.
In describing the restoration project, one could say; "every nut, bolt, screw and part restore."
Owner: Sylvia Hunsaker - Sacramento, California
Restorer: John Hunsaker, Sacramento, California
jack5225@sonic.net

We will consider purchase offers.

 1962 Chevrolet Belair 409
 1962 Chevrolet Belair 409
 
 
 1962 Corvette
 1962 Chev Impala Convertible
 
 
 1962 Chevy Bel Air Bubble Top
 1962 Chevy Bel Air Bubble Top
 
 
  1962 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible
 1962 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport 409
 
 
 1962 Chevrolet 409 Bel Air Station Wagon
 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air 409 Bubble Top
 
 
 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air 409 Bubble Top
 1962 Chevrolet Chevy II 300 Series Station Wagon
 
 
 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air Station Wagon
Ambulance Conversion by Cotner Bevington
 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air Station Wagon
Ambulance Conversion by Cotner Bevington
 
 
 1962 Chevrolet Chevy II 300 Sport Sedan
 1962 Chevrolet Chevy II 300 Station Wagon
 
 
 1962 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova 400 Convertible
 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 327
 
 
 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 327 Hard Top
 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409 Hard Top
 
 
 1962 Chevy 409 Hardtop
 1962 Chevy Bel Air 409 Bubble Top
 
 
 1962 Chevy Nova Convertible
 1963 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova SS Convertible
194 Inline Six 120 HP
   
1962 Chevrolet Belair 4Door Sedan
1962 Chevrolet Belair 4Door Sedan
 This car is owned by Dennis Jay Hughes, City Of Saint Paul, Minnesota USA
 
 1963 Chevrolet Convertible Models
Impala SS Nova SS Corvair Spyder
 1963 Chevrolet Bel Air 4 Door Sedan
 1963 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova SS 194 Convertible
 1963 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova Super Sport Convertible
 
 
 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS 409
 1963 Chevy Nova SS Convertible
 
 
 1963 Chevy Nova Convertible
 1963 Chevorlet Biscayne 2 Door Sedan
 
 
 1963 Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedan
 1963 Chev Impala Sport Coupe
 
 
 1963 Chev Police Car
 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 283 Convertible
 
 
 1963 Chev Impala Sport Coupe
 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder
 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 327 Sport Coupe
 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 327 Sport Coupe
 
 
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1964 Chevrolet Belair 4 Door Sedan
1964 Chevrolet Belair 4 Door Sedan
This picture was taken in Westville Nova Scotia, June 7, 2013
 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS Sport Coupe
 
 
 1964 Chevy Impala Convertible
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS
1964 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible
1964 Corvette Coupe
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
 
 
 1964 Chevrolet Biscayne 409 Sport Sedan
 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS 283 Convertible
 
 
 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu and El Camino Models
 1964 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova 400 4 Door Sedan
 
 
 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS
1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 
 
 
 1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport 409 Sport Coupe
 1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport 327 Sport Coupe
 
 
 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS Sport Coupe
 1964 Chevy Impala SS 409 Convertible
 
 
 1964 Stack of Chevy Sedans
 1964 and a 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409 Hard Top
 
 
 
 
 1964 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
1964 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
 
 
 1964 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
 1964 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
 
 
 1964 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
1964 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
 
 
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1964 ChevyII Nova Station Wagon
1964 ChevyII Nova Station Wagon
This car is owned by Teena  
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 1964 Chevrolet El Camino
 
 This car is owned by Ray Powell
 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Z-16 SS 396
 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS 396 Z-16
 
 
 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS 327 Convertible
 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS 327 Convertible
 
 
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Z-16 SS 396
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu 327 Super Sport
   
1965 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova 400 Station Wagon
Rare 300hp 327 4spd manual shift
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Z 16 Malibu SS 396 Sport Coupe
   
1965 Chevrolet Chevy II Series 100 Sport Sedan
1965 Chevrolet Impala SS 327 Convertible
   
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