Chevy Corvette History

When you buy a Corvette at Classic Chevrolet, think about the history of this car – it’s come a long way. First of all, General Motors made Buicks, Cadillacs, Pontiacs, GMCs and Chevrolets – about what you’d think – but the company also made locomotives and home appliances and provided insurance to people. It was not a company that one would have associated with a sports car back in the day.

In 1951, Harley J. Earl, General Motor’s chief designer at the time – and also the man who invented the 1938 Buick Y-Job, had an idea. He wanted to build a sports car that was in line – pricewise – with a typical Chevrolet sedan, which was about $2,000. He came up with some ideas and turned them over to Robert F. McLean. McLean used parts from other Chevrolet models to build this new sports car. It used a 1952 Chevrolet sedan for the suspension and chassis, and the same inline-6 that was featured in all Chevy’s cars.

However, McLean pushed the passenger compartment back so that 53 percent of the car was “front.” He also built the motor with a higher compression ratio, a more aggressive camshaft and triple Carter side-draft carburetors. Since this 150-horse engine was deemed to be too much for Chevy’s three-speed transmission, it used a two-speed Powerglide trans. And, to keep costs down, the body was made from fiberglass instead of steel.

The car came in at $3,498 – higher than expected, which was okay since it was never built to be sold. It was only supposed to be part of the Motorama exhibit at the 1953 New York Auto Show – that is, until Ed Cole, chief engineer for Chevrolet, saw it. At the time, Cole was working on making the 1955 small block V-8 engine and just loved the Motorama car. Because of this, corporate talks were held, and before the auto show even opened, the engineering to put the flashy new car into production began.

Now, Cole needed to figure out what to call the car. Myron Scott, the founder of the All-American Soap Box Derby came up with the name: Corvette. Since Cole liked the suggestion, that is the name he used. The first year of the Corvette – 1953 – saw a vehicle that was nearly identical to the prototype being manufactured. That first ‘Vette went from zero to 60 mph in 11.5 seconds. The 1953 and 1954 models did not sell well, even though people were clamoring for them at the show.

In 1955, Chevrolet added the V-8 engine – a 256 cubic-inch engine with 195 horsepower. It still had the Powerglide, but this one did the zero to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds. Even with this slow beginning, Chevy kept at it and the rest is history.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive one of the new Corvettes – and just remember this little piece of history.

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Famous Chevy for Sale

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If you’re a fan of Rob Dyrdek, the guy who set a record for jumping the Chevrolet Sonic backwards – and for kickflipping a Sonic – you know his passion for cars. Recently, one of his custom Chevy Tahoe SUVs was up for sale on E-bay. However, it did not meet the reserve of $22,000, so you might still have a chance to get it.

Dyrdek’s Tahoe is a 2008 LTZ with a 5.3-liter engine and is listed as the “Storm Trooper from the show Fantasy Factory.” It is being sold by the person who bought it from Dyrdek. If you can’t get your hands on that Tahoe, you can get a brand new one from Classic Chevrolet and customize it yourself.

We have a 2013 – brand new – Tahoe 1500 LS with four-wheel drive. This model features the 5.3-liter Vortec engine with FlexFuel and active fuel management. It can run on unleaded or E85. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with electronically controlled overdrive and a tow/haul mode. It makes 320 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque on unleaded and 326 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque on E85.

The transfer case is an active single-speed electronic Autotrac with rotary controls. This setup also features powertrain grade braking, a seven-wire harness, 2-inch trailering receiver, recovery hooks mounted on the frame and four-wheel antilock disc brakes.

The interior features adjustable head restraints, a floor console, six-way power front seats, an adjustable, leather tilt steering wheel with a brake/transmission shift interlock, and mounted audio and cruise controls.

The door locks are programmable and the windows feature express down and lockout features. Additional features include remote keyless entry, a theft deterrent system, tri-zone air conditioning, a rear window defogger, several power outlets, an illuminated entry.

Safety and security features include StabiliTrak, daytime running lamps, several airbags, OnStar, the LATCH system for child safety seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.

For a full list of convenience, safety, entertainment and security features for this Tahoe, stop by Classic Chevy to take a test drive. Be sure to ask your salesperson about options so that you can customize this Tahoe to your liking.

Celebrities Love Chevy

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If you drive a Tahoe, Suburban, C10, Impala, Volt, Camaro, or a Corvette, you’re in good company. Many celebrities drive Chevys – some new Chevys and some old Chevys. If you don’t drive a Chevy yet, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive one of the models on the lot.

  • Cuba Gooding, Jr., Kevin Hart, and Rob Dyrdek drive Chevy Suburbans. While you can’t totally black out a Suburban like the celebs – most states have restrictions on tinted windows – you can definitely get a black Suburban and tint the windows as much as the law allows.
  • Joel Madden drives a C10. You might have a hard time finding one of these left; and if you can’t, you might settle for the Silverado.
  • Tyga and Kobe Bryant drive older Impalas. You can definitely find some older Impala models out there, but they’re better left for special occasions. Drive a new Impala for commuting and save the classic for weekend road trips, especially if you find one with numbers matching and low mileage.
  • Cindy Crawford and Bubba Watson drive Corvettes. New, old, it doesn’t matter. Corvettes were and still are bad to the bone.
  • Travis Barker drives a K5 Blazer. Here’s another one you might have a hard time finding. You might have to settle for the Tahoe, but that’s okay, because celebrities drive Tahoe models, too. Speaking of which…
  • Josh Duhamel drives a Tahoe.
  • Nicky Diamonds drives an SS Chevelle and an SS El Camino. You might have a hard time finding these in “restorable” condition, but you can definitely put out a pretty penny on one that someone has restored. Or you can simply head over to Classic Chevy and pick up one of the new SS models or an Impala – that is, if you are looking for a Chevelle.
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr., drives – what else? – An older Chevy Camaro. A classic, just like the Corvette. It doesn’t matter if you choose old or new, your Camaro will get some appreciative looks.
  • Matt Farah drives a Volt. If going green is important to you, then you are in good company. Pick up a Volt like Matt Farah and you’ll save a ton on fuel costs.

To test drive any of these models or any other model Chevrolet, stop by Classic Chevy or visit our website today.

Chevy Impala Through the Years

The Chevrolet Impala was first available as a 1958 model year. It was a full-size sedan and Chevrolet’s most expensive car through 1965. Despite the expense, the Impala was the best-selling automobile in the United States. It easily beat out its competition: the Plymouth Fury and the Ford Galaxie 500. Even through the 1980s, the Impala was Chevrolet’s most popular full-size model.

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Currently, US News lists the 2014 Impala as the number one affordable large car. The Impala is sold in the United States, including at Classic Chevy, the Middle East, Mexico and Canada.

The first generation ran for one year only: 1958. The second generation of the Impala ran from 1959 through 1960. The third generation ran from 1961 through 1964; and the fourth generation fan from 1965 through 1970. Also, the Impala SS, which ran from 1961 through 1969 is considered a fourth generation Impala.

The fifth generation ran from 1971 through 1976 and the sixth from 1977 through 1985. Starting in 1994 and running through 1996, the seventh generation was available when the Impala was discontinued. Consumers didn’t see the Impala from 1997 through 1999, when the eighth generation went on sale. The eighth generation ran until 2005. The ninth generation Impala was sold from 2006 through 2013. This year – 2014 – marks the start of the Impala’s tenth generation.

New features for the 2014 model year include 18-inch wheels or optional 19- or 20-inch wheels on higher trims; LED daytime running lights on the LTZ trim and low profile HID headlights on other trims; and a 4.2-inch color display on the LT and LTZ trims.

The Impala offers three engines: a 2.5-liter , a 2.4-liter with hybrid assist technology and the 3.6-liter engine.

Additional new features include HD radio on all trims, Pandora on the LT and LTZ trims and active noise cancelation on all trims with a four-cylinder engine. New safety features include an increase to 10 standard airbags and OnStar.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the 2014 Chevrolet Impala and to learn more about its safety, security, entertainment, and convenience features.

Classic Chevy at the AltCar Expo

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The 5th Annual Texas Altcar Expo will be held from March 27-29, 2014. Classic Chevrolet will be there with a 2014 Chevrolet Volt. On Thursday, March 27, the Propane Engine Fuel Summit will be held. Admission is $25 and includes the program, breakfast, and lunch.

On Friday, March 28, the topic is Focus on Fleets. This includes the conference, Ride and Drive – where you can check out Classic Chevy’s Volt – and the Expo Hall. Admission for this day is $35. On Saturday, March 29, admission is free – it is Public Day.

The 2014 Chevrolet Volt features a 1.4-liter internal combustion engine and a Voltec electric drive motor. The gas engine runs on premium fuel and makes 83 horsepower. The electric motor makes 149 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The electric motor charges the lithium-ion battery, which includes a liquid thermal management system with active control.

This system gets 101 MPGe* in the city and 93 MPGe on the highway. The gas engine by itself gets 35 mpg* in the city and 40 mpg* on the highway. Some of the power for the battery comes from the four-wheel antilock disc brakes that provide electro-hydraulic power and includes StabiliTrak and a regenerative system.

Safety features include the StabiliTrak stability control system with brake assist and traction control, several airbags, OnStar, a theft deterrent system including an engine immobilizer, the LATCH system for child seats, a lockout switch for the rear doors, a tire inflation kit and daytime running lamps.

Convenience features include a center console with a covered storage bin and dual cup holders, additional storage in the upper instrument panel and in front of the shifter, three auxiliary powr outlets, and a tilt and telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls.

Additionally, the Volt features a 7-inch diagonal digital reconfigurable LCD screen with the Driver Information Center, selectable efficiency gauge and a compass. The efficiency display shows programmable charge times. The driver can also switch between Normal, Sport, Mountain and Hold driving modes.

The Volt also features keyless ignition, keyless access and remote keyless entry. You can even remotely start the Volt. For more information on the Volt, stop by the AltCar Expo or stop by Classic Chevy.

Why Chevy Trucks Rule

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If you’ve been to Classic Chevy and other dealerships to test drive trucks, but still can’t make up your mind whether you should go with Chevrolet, Dodge, Toyota, or Ford, consider test driving the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 – again if you’ve already driven it. The 2014 model has upgraded powertrains for better fuel mileage. In short, the 2014 absolutely rules the road!

The 4.3-liter FlexFuel EcoTec3 V6 engine features active fuel management, variable valve timing and direct injection so it gets much better gas mileage than the older Silverado trucks. It runs on unleaded or E85 fuel; and it makes 285 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 305 pound-feet of torque at 3,900 rpm.

The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that features a tow/haul mode and electronically-controlled overdrive. This combination gets you 16 mpg* in the city and 22 mpg* on the highway.

Additional features that make the Silverado more than tempting include remote start with two transmitters, a three-passenger front seat that is split 40/20/40, and a rear bench seat that also folds with a 60/40 split. The front seat features recline, outboard head restraints, and a center armrest with storage that folds down.

The leather-wrapped steering wheel features mounted cruise and audio controls which allow you to keep your eyes on the road while adjusting what’s on the radio/CD player or while adjusting the cruise control.

Furthermore, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 looks good on the outside. The P255/70R17 tires ride on 17-inch bright machined aluminum wheels. The truck comes with a full size spare. The bumpers are chrome and the four-wheel drive models feature recovery hooks.

The cargo area features lighting so you can see what you are doing in the back when it’s dark out – no more fumbling with a flashlight while you’re looking for something. The tailgate and the bed have protection caps so you don’t scratch the paint if you slide something over the top or allow a large load to rest on over the edges.

The rear bumper features a corner step so it’s easier to get in and out of the bed – or just to reach something at the edge of the box. The outside mirrors are heated and power adjustable, so there’s no more losing all the heat from putting the window down to clear or adjust the mirror.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the 2014 Silverado. You’ll also get a full list of safety, security, infotainment and convenience features so you can easily compare other truck and see that Chevy is the best.

Check Out the 2014 Chevy Traverse

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If you are in the market for a new vehicle but are still unsure as to what you want, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive several of the models in this year’s lineup. Make sure you include the Chevrolet Traverse. The 2014 Traverse features a 3.6-liter engine that puts out 281 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 266 pound-feet of torque at 3,400 rpm. If you opt for dual exhaust, you can increase the horse power to 288 and the torque to 270 pound-feet.

The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. The Traverse is a front-wheel drive vehicle with a 3.16 axle ratio. It also features four-wheel antilock disc brakes and a 660-cold-cranking-amp battery.

The infotainment system features Chevrolet MyLink with a 6.5-inch diagonal color touch screen display, AM/FM radio, SiriusXM/HD radio, a CD player, Bluetooth streaming audio, hands-free, Stitcher and Pandora. The 10-speaker system is a Bose premium system with Bose 5.1 Surround Sound if you order the Traverse with rear seat entertainment. If you opt for the standard, it is a 10-speaker Bose system. The audio system also features an auxiliary input jack, two USB ports and rear audio system controls with headphone jacks.

Inside, the front bucket seats recline. The Traverse seats up to seven people with two in the second row seats and three in the third row seats. The second row features flat-folding captain’s chairs and the third row is a 60/40 split bench seat. The seat trim is perforated leather. The driver’s seat features two position memory and eight-way power with the memory package. The passenger seat also features eight-way power adjustments.

The center console features cup holders and a covered storage bin. The armrest slides to access storage. The heated steering wheel is wrapped in leather and has the cruise and audio controls mounted on it. The steering column also tilts and is telescopic. It also features a brake/transmission shift interlock.

The Traverse also features remote keyless entry that is programmable with two transmitters. It also features extended range and a panic button. The rear vision camera display is integrated within the color touch radio. The Traverse also features a universal home remote that includes a garage door opener.

For a complete list of all safety, security, infotainment and convenience features, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2014 Traverse.

Two Chevy Classics at Classic Chevrolet

Some vehicles you may find in your search for the perfect new car may be “copy cats” of the manufacturer’s older models. Some vehicles show up for a several years, and then are discontinued in favor of others. When you visit Classic Chevrolet, you will find two vehicles that were popular in the 1960s, that continued throughout the years, and may have been discontinued, but came back.

Chevrolet Camaro

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The Camaro first went into production is 1967; and it was Chevrolet’s answer to Ford’s Mustang. The ’67 was based on the upcoming ’68 Nova. It gained popularity fast and the Camaro did well for Chevrolet. In 1971, federal mandates for emissions came into play, so compression ratios for the engines dropped, thus horsepower dropped.

The Camaro continued to sell numerous units each year, however, by 2001 the model’s days were numbered. The Camaro’s last year of production was 2002. Chevrolet brought the Camaro back with a retro model in 2010; and the Camaro was once again popular. Technology evolved so that engines would still meet emissions mandates even with tons of horsepower.

The 2014 Camaro features a 6.2-liter engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission. This combination puts out 426 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 420 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. To help the power turn the rear wheels, the Camaro is equipped with a 3.45 axle ratio and limited slip differential.

Chevrolet Impala

The Impala’s first year was 1958 – and lasted for decades. Chevrolet did take a break from the Impala – sort of – in 1986. While the name disappeared, the vehicle didn’t really go far – just over to the Caprice. The 2014 Impala is Chevrolet’s nameplate’s tenth generation. Like the Camaro, many changes were forced by federal emissions laws. And like the Camaro, the Impala came back with a bang when it was reintroduced with more horsepower, thanks to technology.

The 2014 Impala 2LTZ features a 3.6-liter V-6 that puts out 305 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 264 pound-feet of torque at 5,200 rpm. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with electronic overdrive. This model is front wheel drive and features a 2.77 final drive ratio.

For more information including a full list of features, additional options, and to test drive the Camaro or Impala, stop by Classic Chevrolet today.

2014 Chevy SS

When you stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a new sedan, be sure to test drive the Chevrolet SS. When you approach the SS, you’ll notice its aggressive stance with its 19-inch wheels and rear spoiler. The high-density headlights and fog lamps add to the SS model’s stance. The mirrors are the color of the body and are heated and power adjustable. The driver’s side is auto dimming and has memory.

The entertainment system features an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen display, CD player, SiriusXM satellite radio, an AM/FM stereo, USB port, Chevrolet MyLink and Bluetooth, and nine Bose speakers. The system has hands-free smart phone integration.

When you open the door to slide into the front sport bucket seats, you’ll notice plenty of convenience features including adjustable head restraints in the front, front and rear center armrests, heated driver and passenger seat and an eight-way adjusting system for both front seats. Additionally, the driver’s seat has memory presets for the seat and the outside mirrors.

The leather sport steering wheel has redundant audio controls and cruise controls. The driver information system features personalization, warning message and information about the vehicle. The SS also features a head-up display with color digital readouts for audio system information, selected gear, vehicle speed, a compass, turn signals, outside air temperature, phone information and turn-by-turn information.

The SS also features keyless access and passive entry, remote vehicle start, dual zone automatic climate control, a rear window defogger and plenty of interior lighting. Additional conveniences include front and rear cup holders, two auxiliary power outlets, vanity mirrors, alloy pedals and a leather-wrapped shift lever.

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2014 SS. Photo Credit: Classic Chevrolet

The power plant is a 6.2-liter V-8 engine backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. This combination puts out 415 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 415 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. The SS gets 14 mpg* in the city and 21 mpg* on the highway.

Safety features include four-wheel antilock disc Brembo brakes, an electric parking brakes, StabiliTrak with traction control and brake assist, daytime running lamps and plenty of airbags. Additional safety features include OnStar, a rear vision camera and automatic parking assist. Technological safety equipment includes rear cross traffic alert, side blind zone alert, lane departure warning and forward collision alert.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the SS and learn more about its convenience, entertainment and safety features.

Who Drove J.R.?

For all of the Dallas fans in DFW, we have an extra special car in stock for you.  For the past two years our Chevrolet Dealership loaned actor Larry Hagmen a car to use while he was in town filming Dallas.  Hagmen was an environmentally conscience man, so the first car he chose was a Malibu Eco, and this past year he rode around town in the stylish (and environmentally friendly) 2013 Chevy Volt.  The Omni Hotel even provided him a charging station so the Chevy Volt was always ready to deliver him to the set.

After Hagmen’s death the car was returned to our dealership where it is now available for purchase!

2013 Chevy Volt

J.R. put 3,000 miles on his Chevrolet Volt and left a gift for the next owner.

J.R.'s Chevy

The new owner of this 2013 Volt will inherit a Larry Hagmen $10,000 autographed bill.  This piece of Hollywood history is proudly sitting on our showroom floor, so stop by today and take home a piece of Dallas history!