• Apr 24, 2006

No, not that one ... think Chevette, General Motors' thrifty little import fighter known for being long on mileage yet somewhat short on charisma. Pre-production examples of the General Motors hatchback started rolling off the line at GM's Flint, Mich. plant back in May 1975. And for those thinking that the only things the Chevette and Corvette share are a suffix and a bowtie badge, take note: The former was actually assembled at the same plant that originally birthed the latter more than 20 years earlier. Want more? Both were available as two-door, two-seaters (one for the sport of it, the other for cost-saving reasons).

Interestingly, the Sloan Museum in Flint has retained Chevette No. 00001, which has accrued a grand total of 14.4 miles on its odometer -- and the historic hatch is available for viewing.

Click on the link for more details on the history of Chevrolet's other 'Vette.

[Sources: The Flint Journal; McLellansautomotive.com]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey Tom, don't you have a cousin you should be dating?
      • 8 Years Ago
      All this Chevette bashing....

      I have fond memories of driving my sisters orange 1976 Chevette...I can remember it really feeling like a tin can, but it was a hoot to drive....at least back then...

      It never did my sister wrong either....I think she had well over 100k on it before she sold it...

      w o starr
      • 8 Years Ago
      im am tired of unpatriotic americans,bashing american cars. You are bashing your own economy. Yet you continue to support foreign cars yet they do not support american cars. im impressed. your econony americans is going to pot with this logic.
      mdcpa
      • 8 Years Ago
      I bought my first car, a brand new 1979 Chevette, for around $5000 -- I have options on my current car that cost more than that! Fond memories include having to turn off the air conditioner in order to get up enough speed to pass on hills. The car met its demise after 4 years when the left front wheel broke off (yes, broke off) while I was driving at highway speed. Luckily, a well-placed guardrail prevented me from having a head-on collision and I walked away unhurt. Is it any wonder that while my first car was American, the five cars I've owned since have had foreign nameplates? And GM wonders why its sales are lagging...
      clay nystrom
      • 8 Years Ago
      i bought a 81 chevette and it was bullit proof my wife drove the hell out of it and we never did kill it ! at one time she overheated it so bad the block was fire engine red i just changed oil and the melted plugs and away it went we solld it with 150000 miles and last i heard it was still on the road! MIND you it was loud inside ans cheap built it also cost me little to buy i loved mine! we miss it i now drive a yukon and miss my vett!
      Charles Karnolrt
      • 8 Years Ago
      I had at my disposal at Chevette "Rally 1.6" don't know what year for my first two years of driving. No problems with the exception of the football team's ability to pick up the vehicle and hide it on me during high school. I always told people i drove a vette not what kind though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was stupid enough to by a Chevette in 1979. It was contantly at the dealer geting "something fixed" under warranty. I vowed when I got rid of it I would never be that DESPERATE again.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sorry but IMHO not all GM products suck. The real Vette is still the number one wet dream of any red blooded American male. Had a 65 Corvair that was maybe one of the best I've ever owned. I've had MGs, Datsun 280Z, Audi, Plymouth, etc. and while not all the GM products I had were great, most did the job they were designed to do. If the imports are so great, where are their dually diesel pickups? The U.S. still rules in the world of REAL trucks.
      Come to think of it, who cares anyway?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't know where everyone else got their Chevettes but both of mine were great. The first I received as a graduation present from high school to take to college in 1979 which was the Scooter model and was devastated when some dumb 16 year old pulled in front of me and it was totaled. The car held up very well in the crash and I walked away. That was in 1985 and I bought my second Chevette, a two-door which I never liked as well because it wasn't my beloved "Scooter" as known by everyone. Those cars both had 100,000 miles on them and were still going strong when I had to lose both of them. Maybe most of you didn't know how to take care of a car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Am I the only one seeing this resemblance?

      http://www.clarin.com/suplementos/autos/2005/09/01/f005ah10.jpg

      http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Downs/9731/auto/chevette.jpg

      Maybe my vision is bad after that visit with AR's mom.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I got my drivers license in one of these in 1976. The year before students were driving a Caprice Classic and I got stuck with THIS?? I was 6'4 at the time and had to shoehorn myself into this car. We drove around Bay City on I-75 and almost got run over by a tractor trailer when my instructor told me to pass the truck, Then pull over in front of him and SLOW down so he could pass!! Imagine how that car handled with that big " Drivers Training" sign on top!! What a experience! There were only two good things about that day, I got my licence and my instructer was wearing a tight fitting tank top and that car rode rough!! Figure it out yourselves!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Having grown up a mile from that plant, I figure I can inject something here.

      See URL:

      http://local.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&cp=42.983135~-83.717584&style=h&lvl=15&scene=297441

      It is "GM Truck and Bus Assembly Plant" now, but they weren't all one plant before.

      See the 3 major buildings? The lower left is "Flint Metal Fab", at least it was a while back. It is the GM plant most recently struck by the UAW, BTW. The one in the middle right is Flint Engine (or Flint V8 Engine). The one in the top right is truck & bus assembly plant. That's where the GM pickup trucks, Blazers and Suburbans were built up until 1985 or so.

      Chevette engines were made in the engine plant (along with truck engines), but I don't think Chevettes were built in the assembly plant, it was busy with trucks the whole time the Chevette existed.

      As far as I know, the first year Corvettes (55?) were made in the small building north of the truck assembly plant, the one at the W corner of Van Slyke and Atherton. Yep, it's small, it was a short run vehicle, built by hand.

      The apartment I lived in for the first year of my life is visible in this picture, just off Atherton E of the plant. The house I lived in for 17 years after that is about 3 screens to the WSW, just south of the flight path to Bishop Airport.

      Yum, Koegel's.
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