Template:Infobox Automobile The Chevrolet Series 490 is a Brass Era American automobile, made from 1915 to 1922. The 1915 introduction of the $490, Chevrolet 490 was an immediate success and established the brand as a big player. The name would not denote the price for long, but it would stay low enough to take a chunk out of the Model T market. The Model T started at $495 at the time. Chevrolet was soon so profitable that Billy Durant began buying shares of GM stock with his Chevrolet stock.

OHV EngineEdit

The 490 was only offered with the Overhead Valve 171-cubic-inch (2.8 L) four cylinder. This would be Chevrolet's main engine until the "Stovebolt" straight six replaced it for 1929.

The First Chevy TrucksEdit

The same year Chevrolet merged with GM, Durant wanted a pickup to compete with the new Ford Model TT. The answer was two models, the first 1918 Chevrolet Series 490 Light Delivery chassis cowl rated at half a ton and based on the auto. The second, not based on the 490, was a one-ton 1918 Chevrolet Model T (oddly enough) "Ton Truck". It had a payload capacity rating of 2,000 lbs and sold for $1245 retail. Much like the chassis cab of today, they gave consumers a cheap, flexible platform to build on. Its steering wheel and gear shift lever, along with the instrument panel and gauge cluster, were also lifted from the passenger car. A chassis cowl included the chassis with engine, transmission and the front sheet metal which comprised the hood, front fenders, headlights and grille.[1]

Production notesEdit

Year Production Price Weight Notes
1915 $490
1916 70,701 $550–$750 1,820-2,500 lbs
1917 100,000th Chevrolet, Chevy takes over GM
1918 95,660 $660–$1,060 1,890-2,160 lbs chassy/"cowl" truck added
1919  149,833 (approx.) $715–$1,185 1,820-2,160 lbs
1920 150,226 (approx.) $795–$1,285 1,820-2,160 lbs
1921  76,370 (approx.) $795–$1,375 1,820-2,160 lbs
1922  243,479 (approx.) $510–$875 1,435-2,150 lbs

Related CarsEdit

See also Edit


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