Chevrolet is a leading motor vehicle brand based in the United States. For over fifty years, it has produced and sold some of the most popular and highest quality vehicles in the auto industry. Like all of the other auto brands, Chverolet has a very interesting history. There are ten facts about the automaker that most people never knew about. All of these facts will surprise and impress most people as a result.
FIRST CHEVY SOLD FOR $2,152
In 1911, the auto brand was founded by Louis Chevrolet and the CEO of General Motors William Durant. The two individuals merged together to develop the Series C Classic Six. The vehicle was able to run at a top speed of 65 miles per hour. Around this time, the vehicle sold for a little over $2,100 which would be worth $50,000 today.
CO FOUNDER LOUIS HELD A SPEED WORLD RECORD
Louis was involved in racing when he founded the auto manufacturer. Therefore, he had a successful racing career. In 1905, Louis established a land speed record that reached 111 miles per hour. He achieved this speed with an open race car that was designed for competitive racing.
THE SUBURBAN HOLDS ITS OWN RECORD
Since 1933, the Suburban has been in production and was introduced as an available vehicle two years later in 1935. The Suburban is the longest running auto model of all time. There are 12 generations of the Suburban with the 13th being introduced in 2019. Therefore, the Suburban will be able to continue its tradition of providing a quality vehicle for consumers into the future.
POLISH RESISTANCE FIGHTERS IN WW2 LOVED CHEVY
During World War 2 when the Warsaw uprising took place, the Polish resistance used Chevy vehicles to serve as armored cars. With these cars, the Polish resistance was able to use flame throwers and machine guns. The vehicle was referred to Kubus which is Polish for Winnie the Pooh.
CHEVY HAS INVENTIVE SHIPPING TEAMS
In the 1970’s Chevy Vega models were shipped out vertically on shipping containers. As a result, General Motors was able to double the amount of models shipped. Rail cars were only able to fit 15 models but with the vertical shipping of the Vega’s, Chevy was able to fit 30 vehicles in just one rail car. As a result, Chevy was able to ship out twice as many vehicles and also make their shipping much more efficient.
AT A NASCAR RACE, THE WINNER IS DRIVING A CHEVY
In 2016, Chevy established itself as the record holder for most victories in NASCAR races with 27. The vehicle brand with the second most victories was Ford with only 15. As a result, whenever someone wins a NASCAR race, it is very likely that the driver was using a Chevy as their vehicle of choice during the event.
YOU CAN BUY A C5 CORVETTT KIT TO BUILD YOUR OWN RACE CAR
Between the years of 1999 and 2001, General Motors offered the C5 Corvette kit. This kit included a rolling chassis along with a number of body panels and small parts. The kit allowed purchasers to build their own racing car. Chevy offered this in an effort to establish the reputation of the Corvette as a top racing car. However, Chevy stopped offering this kit due to selling only 42 kits during the three years it was available.
CHEVY TRIED TO INTRODUCE A DIAL STEERING SYSTEM
During the 1960’s, auto manufacturers were all looking to get customers. Due to the urgency of getting more customers, the auto brands all introduced models with features that would be regarded as bizarre nowadays. Chevy introduced a concept vehicle called the Turbo Titan 3. This was a truck that was designed to be a shipping vehicle with a dial steering system. The design looks very reminiscent of one that you would see in a science fiction film
KNOWS HOW TO WORK GAS MILEAGE
In 1982, Chevy introduced the S-10 which was the fist compact pickup truck. What made this vehicle one of the most distinguished in the auto industry was its outstanding fuel economy. The truck averaged 39 miles per gallon on the highway. This is among the most fuel efficient vehicles of all time.
THE BOW TIE WASN’T ALWAYS THE LOGO
Chevy did not have the bowtie logo when it first started up. Its first ever logo looks reminiscent of Ford where the vehicle brand is just the name in cursive writing. However, the manufacturer introduced the bowtie logo in 1913. The bowtie became the design when Durant designed it on wallpaper at a French hotel. Many believe that the design logo was taken from the Swiss cross or stolen from the Coalettes which was a prominent coal company based in the southern United States.