Bel Air, Camaro, Corvette, Impala and other top Chevrolets
Chevrolet is one of the most loved automotive brands, not just in its birth country, the US, but in other parts of the globe as well. This iconic brand was formed by the popular race driver, Louis Chevrolet and his business partner, William C. Durant in 1911. It later on merged with General Motors and became a division that would compete with rivals such as Ford. Chevrolet has grown over the decades, combining powerful engines with beautiful designs to produce memorable luxury marques as well as economy classics. We look at the most popular Chevrolets of all times.
1955 to 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
The Bel Air was a true representation of beauty. With its chrome, tail lights and metal, this 2-door wagon was crafted beautifully with details that spoke to the masses. But looks aside, the Bel Air came with the 1955 small block V8 engine which was a first from Chevrolet, combining performance with beauty.
The 1959 Chevrolet Impala
Cat eyes and bat wings are often the first things that come to mind whenever the 1959 Chevrolet Impala is mentioned or seen. This beauty was created from the Bel Air model and bore a similar look, albeit with toned down tailfins that morphed into the ‘Bat Wings’. Made of steel and chrome, the Impala had a long frame that turned heads. Add beautiful features such as a contoured dashboard and the speed monitoring feature that triggered an alarm when drivers went above the speed they had set, and you have Chevrolet’s leading lady.
The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette StingRay
The Corvette StingRay os one of a kind, a masterpiece that easily stands out designwise. Chevrolet went out of its way with this design, what with the split rear window, rear haunches and the hood bulge aka the “stinger’ from which it partially derives its name. Even though the split window was fancy, it proved to be a divisive feature and was conspicuously absent in future models because of safety and practical reasons.
The Sting Ray also featured Chevy’s powerful 327 V8 engine that produced 360hp and a 4-wheel independent suspension.
The 1967-1969 Chevrolet Camaro
The Chevrolet Camaro is one of the most talked about cars of the past century. Its robust and aggressive design provided stiff competition to the then archrival Ford Mustang. Just like Ford, Chevrolet also came up with several trim levels and powertrains. In fact, the first concept model of the Camaro had more than 75 possibilities and this just goes to show the passion the builders of this brand had.
Despite the myriad options the Z/28 or popularly dubbed, ‘The Turn key Racer’ still stands out from the rest with its powerful engine that produced more than 290 horsepower coupled with front disc brakes and an optional positraction . This car was a racecar designed for the public and perhaps this is why only 602 of them were made.
In 1969, Chevrolet debuted the more masculine Camaro with it sheet metals. This would later form the concept for the 2010 comeback models.
Chevrolet Corvair Corsa
Despite its beauty the Corvair Corsa is one of the most controversial Chevrolet. With a rear engine and its sporty looks, it was supposed to be a hit. However, this car elicited a lot of debate not just because it was dubbed ‘The poor man’s Porsche”, but the safety concerns that were raised due to its swing-axle suspension. Even alterations in later models to include a full suspension could not save the Corvair. It was quickly replaced by the Chevrolet Camaro in 1969.
The 1970-1972 Chevrolet Chevelle
The Chevelle was amongst the last muscle classic cars to be manufactured. The first generation model of the Chevrolet Chevelle basically featured extra muscle and full body that gave it a powerful look that most of the 1970s vehicles bore. It coupled this with a powerful LS6 engine that emitted 450 horsepower. With more environmental concerns regarding carbon emissions, later models were modified to include the LS5 produce net-rated 270 horsepower.
The 2008-present Chevrolet Cruze
The Chevrolet Cruze has come a long way since the General Motors started producing it in 2008. Several facelifts and modifications later, the Cruze has grown from an unknown compact car with varied nameplates to an international hotcake. The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze comes in the form of either a Sedan or Hatchback with finely sculpted exteriors that are hard to miss, even in a crowd. An upgraded interior with heated seats will have you riding in comfort. Technology in the 2018 Cruze will include Chevrolet’s MyLink+ which comes with a 7-inch diagonal color touchscreen to ensure that your music and applications are easier to reach.