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A 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe. The (Credit: AP)

A 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe. The Bel-Air redefined Chevrolet, with its sleek Motoramic styling, improved chassis and sizzling 265-cid Turbo-Fire V-8, the first of Chevy's small-block V-8s.

Chevrolet cars through the years

From the 2011 Electric Volt to the 1914 Chevrolet Royal Mail roadster, Chevrolet has a history of producing some of the world's most iconic cars and trucks.

GM chairman and chief executive Dan Akerson introduces
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GM chairman and chief executive Dan Akerson introduces the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic at the North American International Auto Show on in Detroit, Michigan. (Jan. 10, 2011)

A truck carries a Chevrolet Coupe advertisement with
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A truck carries a Chevrolet Coupe advertisement with a vehicle on board, circa 1922, in the District of Columbia. (November 2011)

Designers in 1948 outline the Chevrolet of the
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Designers in 1948 outline the Chevrolet of the future. (November 2011)

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Automobile racer Louis Chevrolet sitting behind the wheel
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Automobile racer Louis Chevrolet sitting behind the wheel and driving one of his Chevrolet cars on a street lined with spectators in Chicago.

A classic Corvette parked in front of the
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A classic Corvette parked in front of the L.A. Modernism Show Opening Night Gala Preview at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, in Santa Monica, Calif. (May 7, 2004)

Don Sherlock, a vintage-car enthusiast, drives his 1928
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Don Sherlock, a vintage-car enthusiast, drives his 1928 Chevrolet roadster along an outback track near the town of Oodnadatta on the edge of the Simpson Desert during the Outback Australian Challenge. (July 6, 2005)

This artist's rendering shows a 1914 Chevrolet Royal
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This artist's rendering shows a 1914 Chevrolet Royal Mail. Sporting Chevrolet's bowtie emblem, the $750 Series H "Royal Mail" roadster for 1914 was a four-cylinder car that appealed to young buyers.

A 1932 Chevrolet Sport Roadster. Arriving in the
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A 1932 Chevrolet Sport Roadster. Arriving in the midst of the Great Depression, the 1932 Chevrolets were powered by a sturdy cast-iron six-cylinder engine.

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A 1953 Chevrolet Corvette. After crowds thronged the
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A 1953 Chevrolet Corvette. After crowds thronged the Corvette concept roadster at the 1953 GM Motorama, Chevrolet put the fiberglass-bodied two-seater into production, and thus began the saga of America's sports car.

A 1936 Chevrolet Suburban. Chevy's original steel-bodied, truck-based
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A 1936 Chevrolet Suburban. Chevy's original steel-bodied, truck-based Suburban provided a robust and durable SUV-like alternative to wood-bodied wagons.

A 1948 Chevrolet pickup. GM's first all-new vehicles
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A 1948 Chevrolet pickup. GM's first all-new vehicles after World War II, Chevy's Advance Design trucks for 1948 were reliable, versatile and modern. The 3100 pickup was the farmer and workingman's four-wheeled friend.

A 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe. The
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A 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe. The Bel-Air redefined Chevrolet, with its sleek Motoramic styling, improved chassis and sizzling 265-cid Turbo-Fire V-8, the first of Chevy's small-block V-8s.

A 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray
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A 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray "Spilt Window" Coupe. Based on a sports racer penned by GM design chief Bill Mitchell, the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray's styling was enhanced by a new chassis and available fuel-injected V-8s. (November 2011)

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A 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad. Featuring a
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A 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad. Featuring a sleek roofline first seen on the 1954 GM Motorama Corvette Nomad concept station wagon, the 1955-57 Chevy Nomad put dream-car design into thousands of American driveways. (November 2011)

A 1963 Chevrolet Impala. The Beach Boys sang
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A 1963 Chevrolet Impala. The Beach Boys sang harmonies to Chevy's 425-hp, 409-cid big-block V-8, a street legend that was handsomely showcased by this '63 Impala Super Sport, with its bucket seats and console interior. (November 2011)

A 1949 Chevrolet Canopy Express. In the days
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A 1949 Chevrolet Canopy Express. In the days when fresh fruits and veggies were sold curbside, hucksters favored Canopy Express models, such as this one. (November 2011)

A 1967 Chevrolet pickup. The restyled 1967 Chevy
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A 1967 Chevrolet pickup. The restyled 1967 Chevy pickups carried their refined look to even the hardest-working models, while more deluxe editions increasingly appealed to personal-use customers. (November 2011)

A 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS. Based on
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A 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS. Based on the midsize Chevy Chevelle and fully sharing in that car line's power options, the 1970 El Camino SS pickup combined pickup utility with muscle-car looks and power.

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A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. Providing a grand finale
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A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. Providing a grand finale for the first-generation Camaro, the '69s included a Z28 model that ruled in Trans Am racing, and an Indy 500 pace car considered iconic today.

A 1976 Chevrolet C/10 Stepside pickup. Convenience aside,
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A 1976 Chevrolet C/10 Stepside pickup. Convenience aside, some pickup buyers just plain preferred the look of Chevy's Stepside boxes, offered from 1955 to 2003.

A 1971 Chevrolet C/10 Cheyenne pickup. A '71
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A 1971 Chevrolet C/10 Cheyenne pickup. A '71 Cheyenne premium trim package raised Chevy pickup interior style and comfort to new levels.

A 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. The muscle-car era
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A 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. The muscle-car era reached its peak in 1970, as Chevelle SS power climbed to record highs. With the optional 450-hp, LS-6 454 big-block V-8 engine, it could top 100 mph in 13.3 seconds.

A 1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. The fourth-generation Camaro,
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A 1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. The fourth-generation Camaro, featuring all-new styling, was introduced for 1993. A special-edition '93 Z28 paced that year's Indy 500. It was the fourth time Camaro had provided the official pace car. (November 2011)

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A 1997 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe. The fifth-generation (C5)
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A 1997 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe. The fifth-generation (C5) 1997 Corvette Coupe enjoyed global acclaim. Everything was new, from its LS1 small-block V-8, to its refined chassis and body structure. A convertible followed for 1998. (November 2011)

A General Motors, shows a 1996 Chevrolet Impala
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A General Motors, shows a 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS. With the 1994-96 Impala SS, Chevrolet bid adieu to the RWD full-size sedan in fine style. A sport-tuned chassis, leather interior and Corvette LT1 V-8 power made these Impalas instant classics. (November 2011)

A 1989 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1. A 4-cam Chevy/Group
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A 1989 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1. A 4-cam Chevy/Group Lotus small-block V-8 made the ZR-1's high-speed capability possible. (November 2011)

A 2010 Chevrolet Camaro adds to the heritage
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A 2010 Chevrolet Camaro adds to the heritage of its predecessors in both its styling and performance. (November 2011)

A 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Battery powered for the
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A 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Battery powered for the first 25 to 50 miles after charging up, the Volt's on-board generator automatically provides additional electricity to continue for another 300 miles, when needed. (November 2011)

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The 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Centennial Edition includes carbon
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The 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Centennial Edition includes carbon flash metallic black paint with red accents, satin-black lightweight wheels, ebony interior with red stitching, and Chevy 100 logos inside and out. (November 2011)

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