How Well Do You Know Chevy?


By: Steven Symes

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Can you instantly tell your friends what model year a Camaro is as you spot it on the road? Can you hear the difference between a big block and small block V-8 when they fire up? Are you able to identify the smallest of detail changes from one year to the next of the Corvette? When you were a kid, did you sketch a Stingray on your book covers and dream of taking to the open road? You might be a Chevy expert.

Chevrolet started out as a separate company from General Motors, but it didn't take too long for the automakers to be joined together. Today, it's almost impossible to talk about one without mentioning the other. Over the years, Chevrolet has especially shaped the auto market in North America, but its influence can be felt in every area of the world. Models like the Impala, Camaro, Bel-Air, Corvette, Silverado and Volt have pushed the limits of automotive engineering, styling and culture in directions nobody could have completely predicted. 

The history and culture of the Chevrolet brand is both deep and rich. That means there's plenty to know. Just how much have you mastered about this automaker? Take the quiz now and find out! 

What was the first Chevrolet to wear the famous bowtie badge?

For its time, the Royal Mail Roadster, like other early Chevrolets, was a highly premium and finely crafted vehicle.


What professional sports team did Chevrolet controversially sponsor?

Not everyone was happy about Chevrolet throwing $600 million at this sponsorship, in a market where the brand had little presence or credibility.


Where did Chevrolet get the name for the Corvette?

To better appeal to veterans of World War II, GM decided to call the new Chevrolet sports car the Corvette, which is a small and highly maneuverable escort ship.


What Chevrolet car competed directly with the Ford Model T?

The Chevy Model 490 debuted for the 1916 model year and was priced at only $490 completely new. It was the first budget-priced Chevrolet ever made.


What shape is the Chevrolet insignia?

The Chevrolet bowtie badge is recognized around the world, thanks to the brand's long history and involvement in everything from motorsports to cultural events.


What kind of a vehicle is the Chevrolet Volt?

Some people will call the Volt a hybrid, but technically it's an electric car with a gasoline engine that works as a range extender or assist, essentially a generator to replenish the battery.


In what model year did the Chevrolet Camaro return?

After a several-year hiatus, Chevrolet brought back its iconic muscle car, promoting it through the new Transformers movie.


How long did it take for Louis Chevrolet to leave the company?

Once Chevrolet was out of the company, Billy Durant went forward with his ideas uninhibited, including using the bowtie badge.


In what year did Chevrolet's parent company, GM, file for bankruptcy?

This move, combined with the controversial government bailout, coincided with the launched of the new Corvette ZR1, a fact that angered some.


What was the premier model year for the C5 Corvette?

The Corvette saw a major leap forward in performance and technology with the C5.


Where did the Chevrolet Spark originate?

GM Korea produced the city car first, calling it the Daewoo Matiz, before it was rebadged as the Chevy Spark.


What Chevy pickup was known as the "gentleman's truck"?

Not only did the truck have a highly styled payload, it also came with a steep price tag.


Which TV host sung a Chevrolet-themed song at the end of each show?

Shore, the first woman to host her own TV show, would sing "See the USA in Your Chevrolet" at the end of each episode, starting with the first.


Where was the first foreign Chevrolet assembly plant?

Way back in 1924 Chevrolet opened a plant in Denmark, making it a truly international brand almost a century ago.


Geo, a sub-brand of Chevrolet, launched when?

When Geo launched, it started out rebadging the Chevy Nova, Sprint and Spectrum.


Where did the Chevrolet bowtie insignia come from?

While some people will swear it was wallpaper in Paris and others insist it was from an old ad, the fact is nobody knows for sure where William C. Durant came up with this famous design.


What was the first model year for the Chevrolet Volt?

The Chevrolet Volt was a symbol of the new GM when it launched, although plenty of critics said the car was impractical and unnecessary.


What version of the Chevelle is considered by many to be the pinnacle of muscle car performance?

With a big 454 V-8 stuffed under the hood, the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS is highly collectible today.


The Corvette took a production break for what model year?

The C3 Corvette ended with the 1982 model year, but the C4 didn't launch until the 1984 model year, creating this odd gap.


What products were the focus of Chevy's "Like a Rock" ad campaign?

"Like a Rock" ran from 1992 to 2004, focusing on the fact that Chevy trucks last a long time.


Where did the Chevy Impala name come from?

The Impala has been around since 1958, although the nameplate has taken two notable breaks from the market.


Who is the namesake for the Chevrolet brand?

Louis Chevrolet was born in Switzerland and loved driving as well as designing cars, which led him to creating the Classic Six, the brand's first car.


How long did the Chevrolet Citation last on the market?

Chevrolet tried to take on the onslaught of inexpensive, efficient compact cars with the Citation, but it only ran from 1980 to 1985.


What compact car was Chevrolet working on in 1947?

Plans for the Cadet were quickly set aside because Chevrolet management concluded Americans didn't want a compact car.


What Chevy vehicle was the 50 millionth GM car to be made?

This Bel-Air was gold, which was an appropriate color for such an occasion.


What car-based pickup did Chevrolet make?

Back in 1959, Chevrolet launched the El Camino to compete against Ford's Ranchero car-based truck.


What brand was the Chevy SS Sedan really from?

Holden, GM's Australian arm, worked with Chevrolet to rebadge the venerable Commodore as the SS Sedan, a move that only lasted for a few short years.


What was unique about the C1 Corvette's body?

The C1 Corvette wore the automotive industry's first regular-production fiberglass body way back in 1953.


What radical idea for the Chevy Impala never went beyond initial planning stages in 1959?

1959 marked an all-new model year for the Impala, but it only made a splash with wild styling elements like the large horizontal rear fins.


What was the codename for the Camaro before it was released?

Internally, Chevy employees referred to the Camaro before it debuted in 1967 as the Panther.


What's the longest-running continous nameplate from not only Chevrolet, but the entire auto industry?

Way back in 1935 Chevrolet created the SUV market segment with the Suburban Carryall, and the name has been used nonstop since.


What was momentous about the introduction of the Powerglide transmission?

Back in 1950 Chevrolet once again established itself as a budget-friendly brand by launching the Powerglide on multiple models, all at affordable prices, something competitors weren't doing.


What was unique about the Chevy Corvair?

Unbelievably , the Corvair is the only mass produced American car to have a rear, air-cooled engine.


What model year of the Corvette was the only one to feature a split rear window?

The 1963 C2 Corvette has become a highly collectible version of the car, thanks to its unique styling and significance in the model history.


What was the first year Chevrolet surpassed Ford in brand sales?

In 1927 Chevrolet was able to sell over one million vehicles, pushing past rival Ford. The rest is history.


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