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Notable models from a car maker celebrating a century of history

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This artists rendering shows a 1914 Chevrolet Royal Mail, proudly sporting Chevrolet's then-brand-new bowtie emblem. The $750 Series H "Royal Mail" roadster for 1914 was a spirited and affordable 4-cylinder car that appealed to young buyers.

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1936 Chevrolet Suburban Carryall: Forerunner to the modern SUV, with a station wagon body on a half-ton truck chassis.

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1949 Chevrolet Canopy Express, often used by salesmen to display their wares.

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1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

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1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe: Redesigned Bel Air, with a small V-8 engine, made luxury affordable to the masses. The two-toned design sparked a golden age of American car styling. The 1957 Bel Air, with its more pronounced fins, became an icon of automotive design.

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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad, featuring a sleek roofline first seen on the 1954 GM Motorama Corvette “Nomad” concept station wagon.

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1963 Corvette Sting Ray: One of the most desirable collector cars because of the split rear window, which was only offered in 1963. The Sting Ray continues to influence Corvette design.

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1963 Chevrolet Impala. Introduced in 1961, the SS, or Super Sport verion of the car helped kick off the muscle car era. Its 360-horsepower, 409 V-8 engine inspired the Beach Boys' hit song “409.”

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1967 Chevrolet Pickup. The restyled 1967 Chevy pickups increasingly appealed to personal-use customers.

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro. Providing a grand finale for the first-generation Camaro, the ’69s included a Z28 model that ruled in Trans Am racing, and an Indy 500 Pace Car considered iconic today.

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1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. The muscle car era reached its peak in 1970, as Chevelle SS power climbed to record highs. With the optional 450-hp, LS-6 454 big-block V-8 engine, it could top 100 mph in 13.3 seconds.

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1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS. Based on the mid-size Chevy Chevelle, the El Camino SS pickup "combined pickup utility with muscle car looks and power."

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1989 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1. A 4-cam Chevy/Group Lotus small-block V-8 made the ZR-1’s high-speed capability possible.

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1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. The fourth-generation Camaro, featuring all-new styling, was introduced for 1993. A special-edition ’93 Z28 paced that year’s Indy 500 – it was the fourth time Camaro had provided the official Pace Car.

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1997 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe. Everything was new, from its LS1 small-block V-8, to its chassis and body structure. A convertible followed for 1998.

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro.

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2011 Chevrolet Volt. Battery powered for the first 25 to 50 miles after charging, the revolutionary, electric-powered Chevy Volt’s on-board generator automatically provides additional electricity to continue on for another 300 miles.

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2012 Chevrolet Corvette Centennial Edition includes carbon flash metallic black paint with red accents, unique satin-black lightweight wheels, ebony interior with red stitching, and “Chevy 100” logos inside and out.

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Chevrolet logo on the hood of a 2012 Colorado pick-up truck.

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