Classic Chevys: The Legacy of Chevrolet

chevy-suburban-historyInnovation and the pursuit of performance are intertwined throughout the 100+ years that Chevrolet has been in existence. Bowman Chevrolet in Clarkston is proud to be a part of that legacy. We’re taking a trip down memory lane to recall some of our favorite Chevrolet models throughout the decades that helped define the Chevy brand for Waterford and Detroit drivers.

1930’s: The 1936 Chevrolet Suburban

The granddaddy of the modern-day SUV, the truck-based, steel-bodied Chevy Suburban “Carryall” was introduced in mid-1935 as a beefier alternative to the station wagons of the day. The 1936 Suburban could carry up to 8 passengers, plus all of their gear while traversing the nation in search of adventure. For 80 years now, the Suburban legacy has lived on, becoming the longest-lived continuous production automotive nameplate in the country.

The 1940’s: The 1948 Chevrolet Pickup

Introduced after World War II, the Advance Design trucks Chevy produced in 1948 offered new roomier cabs with three-across seating, making it an ideal choice for families considering a second vehicle. The iconic Chevy truck remains cherished by collectors to this day, and the Chevy truck driveline hasn’t needed much tweaking since.

The 1950’s: The 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe

The history-making Bel Air Sport Coupe arrived on the scene and re-energized the Chevy brand as America’s cultural roots began to shift with the introduction of rock ‘n’ roll. The two-toned 1955 Chevy boasted a “Turbo-Fire” V8, the very first of Chevy’s legendary small-block engines. The Bel Air was dubbed “The Hot One” in reference both to the powerful performance of the V8, and to the record-breaking rate of sales for the Bel Air Sport Coupe.

The 1960’s: The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray “Split-Window” Coupe

The birth of the Corvette Stingray. The Chevy Corvette had already been earning respect around the globe for its exceptional performance, but in 1963 the superbly tailored form of the Stingray made its debut. It offered American drivers a fuel-injected small-block V8 that was potently powerful, as well as an independent rear suspension; the affordable price point put the Split Window Coupe within reach for performance enthusiasts across the nation.

The Legacy in Action

While we love looking back at where we came from, at Bowman Chevrolet we’re equally excited to see ahead to where we’re going. The exciting Chevy lineup of today is the classic lineup of the future, and you can experience them now in Bowman Chevrolet in Clarkston. Contact us today to learn more about any of our vehicles, or to arrange a test drive!

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