HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHEVROLET: A Look Back At 100 Years Of The American Car

chevy cars

Photo: Courtesy of Chevrolet

On Nov. 3, 1911 in a factory in Detroit, car manufacturer Chevrolet was born.Nicknamed “Chevy,” the company has created more than 100 models of car in its century of creation, according to the company’s website.

Chevy began its company producing cars such as the 1914 Chevrolet Royal Mail Roadster and the 1936 Chevrolet Suburban. Cars were less than $500 then.

As the years went on, Chevy produced, the company started producing trucks in 1948.

The company unveiled the Corvette in 1952 and dominated the U.S. sports car market over the next few decades.

Of course, the company has also had some major rough patches. Parent company General Motors filed for bankruptcy in June 2009 as the entire U.S. auto industry hit the skids. But while GM discontinued or sold some brands, Chevy emerged strong. Today, the carmaker’s vehicles are sold in every major market.

The 1914 Chevrolet Royal Mail Roadster was one of the first iconic Chevy cars

An early Chevrolet tractor

The 1936 Chevrolet Suburban inspired the modern day SUV

The Chevrolet Apache

This 1954 Chevy is a hit on car shows

A 1957 Chevrolet One-50 Series 1500, Model 1503 4-door sedan

A 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala, Model 1747 2-door Hardtop

The Chevy Corvair was produced from 1960 to 1969

A 1967-1969 era Chevrolet Camaro

A 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle

A 1968-1974 era Chevrolet Nova

Chevrolet Corvette C4

A 1981-1987 era Chevrolet Chevette

A 2001-2004 era Chevrolet Venture min-van

A 2008 second generation Chevy Cruze

A 2012 Chevy Beat, a hatchback smart car

In present day, Chevy produces cars like the 2012 Volt

The 2012 Colorado Crew in Victory Red

The 2012 Corvette convertible

NOW WATCH: Executive Life videos

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.