Chevy Chevette

The Chevrolet Chevette may look oddly familiar to some other models that were released to the marketplace. This is in fact the case because it was simply Chevrolet's version of General Motors' worldwide T platform of the 1970s. It was also sold as the Opel Kadett, the Vauxhall Chevette, the Isuzu Gemini and the Holden Gemini, among others. Brazil actually saw the first T-car where it was launched as a Chevette 1974. This model was a two-door sedan and the Brazilian Chevette line later given a 4-door sedan, a 3-door hatchback, and a 2-door station wagon. A pickup was also added later on under the name, Chevy 500, where it stayed in production until 1994. The United States saw the first Chevette in late 1975 as a 1976 model. The first model was only a 3-door hatchback with 1.4 or 1.6 L OHC gasoline I4 engines. Over the years though, the Chevette was offered with between 53-70 rear wheel horsepower, and a 4-speed manual transmission. The list continues to go on in terms of optional packages as a "Rally" or "Woody" option was also available as well as a loss-leader "Scooter". The "Scooter" was a 2-seater with painted bumpers, not the chrome standards, and a very basic trim inside and out. As previously stated, multiple models of the same look surfaced and one such model was in the Canadian market where the Acadian was released. For those trying to decipher all the different models and their ages, the early Chevettes can be recognized by a hood that wraps down to the bumper. The early models also have round headlights and a slightly curved tail. Humorously though, the Chevettes were so cheap that they occasionally found their way into dirt track racing or drag racing. Obviously though to even stand a chance in a drag race it had to have some serious upgrades and modifications.