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Chevy's passenger car line-up, 1959

I saw this pic on Facebook recently. It illustrates perfectly how car makers can take one basic platform and set of sheet metal, and turn it into 15 different vehicles. I made a post to that effect a while back, and this pic fits it to a T.

Here Chevy displays 15 cars all based on the b-body, on one basic platform. Factor in all the additional models from Buick, Olds and Pontiac (and maybe a Cadillac or 2?) and you can see the genius of GM back in the day.

While some Cadillacs and the Olds 98 and Buick Electra were c-bodies, most of GM's other models were b-bodes: LeSabre, 88, Catalina, and Bonneville come quickly to mind. And that's just skimming the surface.

So it's interesting how one basic platform provided such an array of options for each brand. Contrast that with just a few years in the future, and you see, by 1962, there were several new platforms added to the mix: a-body Chevelles, x-body Novas, and z-body Corvairs, to name just the new Chevys, and they still offered umpteen b-body variants in the Bel Air, Biscayne and Impala.

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Chevy's 1967 line-up

Here's another pic I recently culled. These are 1967 models, I believe. (For sure, the Camaro did not exist prior to 67.)

Notice all the new platforms added in only a few years:

  • f-body Camaro, 1967
  • a-body Chevelle, 1964
  • x-body Nova, 1962

The z-body Corvair, 1960, is absent from the group pic. Perhaps it had already fallen into disfavor by 1967. For sure, it would be gone in a couple more years.

Even without the Corvair, this pic illustrates well how much more diverse the Chevy portfolio had become since the 1950's.

Not shown, other new Chevys had also been introduced during the the 1960's including the full sized van and the Corvair Greenbrier van (altho the latter ended production in 1965).

Over the course of the 1960's, many new platforms were added to the mix.

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On the '59's, they actually made 2 more models. Not listed is the El Camino and the Sedan Delivery.
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