1968. General Motors, in the United States, presents the Chevy II “Nova”, a design by John DeLorean one of the most recognized and responsible designers of several muscle cars.
As anecdotal information: DeLorean, already independent of the GM, was the one who designed the car of the famous behind. “Back to the Future”.
1968. Chevrolet introduces the “250” engine, both in the vans and in the 400.
The rivalry and fierce fight for the market gave the 400 and Falcon, had been fighting for 6 years, meanwhile, the public, and expects something different.
For those years: Chrysler replaces the Valiant for the Dodge, Ford had in preparation the Fairlane (why they would not have manufactured the coupe, no?) And the IKA, with the Torino was on the threshold of a total success with the feat of Nurburgring.
Faced with this, in the end: the most important automotive company in the world: Chevrolet, could not lose ground and begins to develop what we would know as the Chevy
Initially they had 2 objectives: to share the most pieces with the 400 and thus to reduce production costs and to find a name according to the launch since, in Spanish, the association of “Nova” with “No Va” was inevitable. It is not a matter of giving served on silver tray the possibility of receiving “jokes” from the users.
Incredible how the names of brands affect, right?
Finally the nickname that the Chevrolets in the USA received: Chevy.
Not all were roses on the way to the presentation of the car. Chevrolet needed to make certain and certain modifications on the imported model to meet the requirements of Argentine geography.
The advertising campaign was to be characterized by the phrase “Chevy, The Great Temptation” which showed a bite apple accompanied by a beautiful woman.
The Chevy STD and SS
1969. In August they present the 4-door version. In its later part it incorporated a novel design of continuous curvature of fast-back type (the trunk continued directly from the fall of the telescope without forming no angle).
It was the model STD (Standard) that came with the engine of 6 cylinders called “230” (3769 Cc) with 2 options of power, 137 Hp and 144 Hp and 3 changes to the steering wheel
Its appearance came hand in hand with a chevrolet safety system that consisted of a deformable steering column, in case of collision.
At the end of 1969, they presented a sport version: the most equipped coupé, called “SS”, acronyms of Super Sport and were the same used in the USA the Camaro, with a motorization of “250 7B” (4,097cc) With 155 HP a box ZF of 4 speeds with lever to the floor and armchairs. The car had on the outside of its roof a vinyl cover, sports tires and other elements that gave a distinctive touch.
1970. That year, the Chevy was chosen as the year’s car by the Association of Journalists of Automotive Industry and Trade
1971. The four-door model was debuted on TC in 1971 by the young reef Nestor García Veiga, the “Nene”, who won in Salta that year for the first time.
1971. Presented the coupe with the automatic gearbox Chevromatic
Bodywork of American origin
Vinyl ceiling (black color, optional in white).
14 “wheel rims with GMA cups and narrow stainless steel hoop (5 cm).
Armchairs and lever on the floor (optional center console).
Bochita Wood Change Lever with Chevrolet logo and legend SS Coupe.
Upholstery and unique design in 70/71.
Three spoke steering wheel upholstered in black.
Armchairs Foldable but not reclinable.
Interior of trunk painted with effect “paved” or “hammered”.
Short rear headlamps and long – tailed striped SS insignia.
– Rear side badge “SS Coupe”.
Torpedo smooth with small insignia right side in the form of shield with the abbreviations SS.
-Bomb Boucle black, with rubber padding.
Engine: 250 color blue flag, with intake and carburetor of a mouth mark Zenith.
Box of Changes: of 4º model ZF relation 2.83. Differential: Eaton
Year 1970 1,602 1,467
Year 1971 3,544 3,352
Chevy Series 2
1972 The Styling Department proposed to GM executives to make a more sporty Chevy, a project that was initially called Matador. This was a coupé that had received modifications intended to accentuate its sport spirit.
When the project went on the Marketing side, the name was the first objection since it gave the feeling that it was going to “kill people on the street”. This one was changed by the one of Cimarrón and even a prototype was realized that fell well in the majority of those who had seen it.
But in the plans of the General Management of GMA there was no interest in the Chevy range to present a new sports version.
In that year the optional automatic box was incorporated on the Deluxe version, which was derived in the Deluxe Chevromatic.
That same year a change of authorities in the company is made so that the Department of Design – composed by Jorge Ferreyra Basso and Pedro Garci’a – again insisted with the idea of the sporty Chevy.
The intention was limited because there was little money available to develop new elements. Likewise, the design team imagined that by removing luxury elements like vinyl roofing, baguettes, cups and changing the traditional color chart, the Chevy would be closer to the ideal sports car.
On a “peeled” car, Pedro Garcia began to shape a sports strip underneath the glass that continued behind the rear window and was raised by the parante. The project was approved and renamed Series 2.
The strip of the Chevy Series 2 was very successful and marked a time in the national automotive industry. It was imitated by Ford, who placed it in the Falcon Sprint, by Chrysler, who then launched the Dodge RT, and by SAFRAR-Peugeot, with 504 TN.
The aesthetic bagage was added a variant in the motorization since after the 250 accompanied more seductively the Series 2 was fitted a double mouth carburetor, manifold intake and exhaust with modifications: was born the 250 Plus , With 170 HP that incorporated a carburetor of double mouth.
Although the image of the Chevy Series 2 was more powerful and sporty than the one of the conventional Coupé SS, the cost was smaller due to the removal of several ornaments, reason why the increase in the sales triggered a rise in the profits of the company.
The Series 2 managed to double in sales to the previous model, fact that deserved a recognition of GM USA.
Up to 3rd quarter
Design of upholstery in seats and armchairs.
It incorporates central console with slides.
Built-in rear defroster fan.
At the end of 72 the ZF box is replaced by Saginaw / FAE.
Dana Differentials Incorporated
Year 1972 2,628 2,629
1973. General Motors manufactured at the end of 1972 the number 500,000 vehicle produced in the country and it was precisely a Chevy Series 2, the vehicle that became the novelty for ’73 becoming the best selling vehicle in the range.
In the first units manufactured in that year were introduced the box Saginaw and tires inspired by those of the Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2. The latter combined with the new colors (Yellow Daytona, Mandarin Red, Blue Regatta, Green Tempest and Wild Orange) were raging.
A new rear lights are incorporated to him and the strip is modified the legend “Serie2”, that was white with black in the orange models.
The compression of the engine is increased, reaching 8 to 1 and incorporates a new design of rims of 14 x 6.
From the fourth quarter of 1972 and 1973
Body colors. It goes from metallic colors to pastel shades to reduce production costs. Colors like Mandarin Red, Tempest Green, Yellow Daytona, etc. appear.
The Vinyl roof disappears (in the coupé only).
Rims of 5 segments in the first and then tires 442 until the end of the production.
Holley RX 7214-A 2-way intake and carburetor
Change Air Filter
-Different center console
Different Steering wheel and gear shift. Change the SS typography on the horn.
Different Gearbox (Saginaw / FAE)
Different Upholstery Design (possibly the former had SS72 interior)
Year 1973 4,349 4,435
1974 The Chevrolet 400 was near the end of its race after almost 100,000 units, so also the Chevy range underwent modifications: the four-door Deluxe and Super Sport models were to merge into one called Malibu, a name used in Luxurious versions of US products. It had vinyl, mechanical and interior similar to those of the coupé but especially aimed at luxury, while it could opt for the box of 4 marches or the Chevromatic.
From mid 1974 and 1975
-Design lateral fringe (rowing type).
-Colors of bodywork (metallized).
– Change the crop of the differential, since for this year we begin to use helmets of national production that are slightly lighter than the Americans used until then.
-Insignia “SS Coupe” grill and replace the metal grill with a blind plastic.
– Remove the headlights from the front bumper to be located in the contours of the optics, change the rear lights for the long and the bag of plain black tail with SS insignia. With the change of lights changes the electrical installation, mainly the engine of the windscreen changing from being a 3 contact keys the hub to be 7 contacts.
The board comes with 3 watches
Body-colored trunk cover with stainless steel baguettes.
442 black wheels with 7.5 cm wide stainless steel rim.
Interior body chest with no hammered or loosened effect.
The torpedo is fitted with a similar wood applicator.
New “H” four-spoke steering wheel with black shift lever.
New Design of upholstery of corduroy seats and seats.
Reclining and folding seats.
1974 1974 2.705 2.862
1975 1975 1.422 1.435
1975. Concessionaire Grandio and Lopez present an interesting modification on the coupe to which they called Chevron, Model that will be treated specifically in another note.
1975/1976 The GM presents the four-door Super – which was between the Malibu and the Standard – equipped with 230 engine but optionally had 250. Also the coupé receives important touches: the stripes combine three colors and are located In the midline of the body. The front turn lights go on the grill instead of the bumpers, while the rear shows a new style created by Garcia.
The country was complicated for different reasons in that year ’75. Range sales fell sharply during that period, a fact that complicated quite a lot the future of General Motors. After a ’76 of slight recovery, the Chevy remained unchanged until the end of that same year when the 1977 range was launched.
This showed a profile not so sporty, now closer to a luxury car, supported by a thin line that came to occupy the bottom of the sides. Also the air intakes of the bonnet are removed, the tires are painted of the tone of the body and a new upholstery is designed.
Since the second half of 1975 and 1976
New red color for the engine.
Change air filter with the legend “250 Plus”.
Baul with hammered paint on sky background and splashed on white
It changes the color of the tires in the year 76, that go from black to color body.
It incorporated entire front seats of horn
1975 1975 1.422 1.435
Year 1976 487 496
1977. It did not close, economically, or well for the company: sales of its products crumbled almost as fast as the possibility of reaching the end of the decade in the country. But stylists have been working on new modifications since early 1976, in what would be the Opus ’78 range.
Changes until October of that year
Change stripe design.
Change design of upholstery (entirely in leather).
White roof upholstery and white parasols on one side and black on the other.
Continue the 442 tires body color.
Lights flash on turn knob. Is maintained in the year 78
Year 1977 1.077 866
1978. The new Chevy Coupe Series 2 “Opus” is presented, this one was different because it incorporated air conditioning and hydraulic steering as standard.
GM had invested a lot of money in the Opus project for the Chevy and also in the downtrodden Opel K-180, so there was nothing to suggest that the future was real black. At the beginning of 1978 the Opus range was presented, Los Virtuosos whose members of greater weight, Series 2 and Malibu, had rare options for the time.
Auxiliary headlights on the front grill.
New design of lateral strips.
Board with velocimetro of 220 km / h and new design of instruments.
Different sized seats and new interior upholstery.
Plastic central console that goes up to the board.
New panels of doors and armrests of new design.
Fully coated steering wheel in a similar style.
Electrical antenna located on the left rear fender.
Norman stereo passenger seat with rear speakers.
Engine was now red and had the legend “250 Plus” painted on the air filter cover,
The lateral strip with the legend “Series 2” is transferred, in the base of the car.
1978 1978 205 463
Year 1979 – 91
This year 25 Coupes equipped with automatic box and air conditioning were delivered.
Finally in August of that year General Motors Argentina announced the cessation of the operations that would become effective a month later, although until beginning of 1979 they continued sending units to the Network of Concessionaires. There was no turning back for the fate of the Chevy, which reached 65,978 units in just under nine years of existence. Since then it has become a bulwark for Chevrolet supporters in the Argentina
The Chevy produced 65,970 units. Very few compared to the Ford Falcon.
The measures of the Chevy: Capacity for 6 people. It measures 4.86 mm long (between bumpers), 1.84 mm wide and 1.34 mm high (1.36 mm, the Sedan). The wheelbase is 2.82 mm. Weight: 1,400 kg.
The engines of the Chevy:
230 6 in-line, 4-stroke, side camshaft, overhead valves, 3.769 cm3, 6 cylinders, 127 hp at 4,000 rpm and 27.7 mKg at 2,400 rpm (1969).
250 in line, 4,097 cm3, 6 cylinders of 155 hp at 4,400 and 37,7 mKg at 1,800 rpm (1970).
250 6 in line (Series 2), 4,097 cm3, 6 cylinders of 168 hp to 4,400 and 33,3 of mKg to 1,800 rpm (1973).