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100 Years of Chevrolet Assembly Lines

This week marks the centennial of Chevrolet. More than 209 million cars and trucks sporting the famous bowtie logo have rolled down GM’s assembly lines during the past century.

This week marks the centennial of Chevrolet. When the first Chevy was built in a rented garage near downtown Detroit 100 years ago, it was a relatively uneventful event. At the time, there were hundreds of different car brands competing for buyers.

Ever heard of a Willys-Overland or a Maxwell? Back in 1911, they were two of the best-selling cars; today, you’ll only find them in museums.

But, after 10 decades of styling changes and numerous plant retoolings, Chevrolet is still going strong. More than 209 million cars and trucks sporting the famous bowtie logo have rolled down GM’s assembly lines during the past century. Here’s a nostalgic look back:

Photos courtesy GM Media Archive.

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