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Chevrolet has been America’s top selling and best known marque within General Motors for generations, and as quintessentially Uncle Sam and Stars and Stripes as it’s possible to get.

Paradoxically, Louis Chevrolet was actually Swiss born at La Chaux de Fonds, Neuchatel on Christmas Day 1878, the son of a watch and clockmaker Josef Chevrolet. The family moved to its native…

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Chevrolet Nova

Chevrolet Nova

PRICE: £7500 - £15,000 +

Available initially as the Chevy II, the name was dropped after 1968 in favour of the Nova, this compact model gain something of a reputation within muscle- car circles for those on a relatively low budget. It certainly raised a few eyebrows and ruffled a few feathers in NHRA A/Stock when Bill ‘Grumpy’ Jenkins took on the competition in 1966 with an L79 327ci 350bhp engine from a Corvette stuffed into his Chevy II Nova! In the late 1960s the Nova packed a most credible punch with V8s rated at 325/350/375bhp. This made the car a tad nose heavy and it was only possible to shoehorn in the larger engines due to the 1968 Nova being redesigned and given a wider engine bay. The Nova featured unitary construction with coils springs at the front and leaf to the rear. Early cars were attractive with boxey styling that gave way to that of fastback from 1968, but lost its way somewhat in the good looks department from the mid 1970s onwards.

Chevrolet Bel-Air

Chevrolet  Bel-Air

PRICE: £15,000 -£50,000

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Introduced in 1950 the Bel-Air reached its zenith with the models produced in 1955, 1956 and 1957 also colloquially referred to as the Tri-Chevs, which nowadays enjoy a cult following and are the most collectable. Two-tone paintwork was very much in vogue during the period and worked particularly well with the ’55 and ’56 models, the former easily identified by its ‘eggcrate’ styled front grille. 1956 cars received a slightly revised frontal aspect and engine options included the 235cistraight-six, 265ci V8 and the 282ci V8, with either three speed manual or fussier two-speed Power glide automatic transmission. Underpinnings comprised of a brand new tubular chassis, upper and lower A-arm front suspension with coils springs and a live axle to the rear with semi elliptic leaf springs. The 1957 Bel-Air sports fi ns ‘n’ chrome styling and many of the accoutrements seen in much larger cars such as the Cadillac. An anodized metal ribbed panel was neatly moulded into the rear quarter panel and the fuel filler cap was hidden away behind the nearside tail fin. The 283ci V8 was also available with fuel injection but at a hefty $500 extra didn’t find many takers!

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