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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old Dec 16th, 08, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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Question 1st, 2nd or 3rd "generation" Chevelles

I know Novas, Camaros and others are refered to by "generatons" but are Chevelles ever refered to as 1st, 2nd or 3rd "generation" ? If so please explain.
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Re: 1st, 2nd or 3rd "generation" Chevelles

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Re: 1st, 2nd or 3rd "generation" Chevelles

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You seem to say that pretty strongly. Is there a reason why?

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Re: 1st, 2nd or 3rd "generation" Chevelles

No one really associates that term with Chevelles that I know of....but if you wanted to break it down....

1st Gen 64-67
2nd Gen 68-72
3rd Gen 73-77
4th Gen 78-83

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Re: 1st, 2nd or 3rd "generation" Chevelles

I would think 64-65 would be the first generation and 66-67 the second generation since the sheetmetal isn't even close to being the same on a 65 vs. a 66 or 67. I know the rear diff. width is the same but to me there are too many changes to put them in the same generation. I suppose I also consider the 68 and 69 the third generation and the 70-72 the fourth generation. Since there's no real designation that I know of, that's how I stack it up, to be a bit more specific to the looks of the car.

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No one really associates that term with Chevelles that I know of....but if you wanted to break it down....

1st Gen 64-67
2nd Gen 68-72
3rd Gen 73-77
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Re: 1st, 2nd or 3rd "generation" Chevelles

They never made a Chevelle in 78-83.

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post #7 of 38 (permalink) Old Dec 17th, 08, 9:58 AM
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Re: 1st, 2nd or 3rd "generation" Chevelles

I don't ever hear the 64-72 guys call them by "generation" but the 73-77 guys commonly refer to their cars as 3rd Generation or "G3" Chevelles.
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Re: 1st, 2nd or 3rd "generation" Chevelles

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I would think 64-65 would be the first generation and 66-67 the second generation since the sheetmetal isn't even close to being the same on a 65 vs. a 66 or 67. I know the rear diff. width is the same but to me there are too many changes to put them in the same generation. I suppose I also consider the 68 and 69 the third generation and the 70-72 the fourth generation. Since there's no real designation that I know of, that's how I stack it up, to be a bit more specific to the looks of the car.
Regardless of the sheetmetal differences 64/65-66/67 they are still the same basic car under the skin. The first major retool was in 1968 and then again in 1973. "Generations" are typically started when the car (the underlying chassis) is redesigned so Blue's 1st Gen 64-67, 2nd Gen 68-72, 3rd Gen 73-77 breakdown is typically considered the standard.
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Re: 1st, 2nd or 3rd "generation" Chevelles

They were not and are not referred to by "generation". End of discussion.

They're not Camaros or Vettes, they're Chevelles. No generation needed. And don't try to start that crap, or you'll be thrown into a vicious hornet's nest!

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Re: 1st, 2nd or 3rd "generation" Chevelles

No need to separate them, they are all Bad Ass.

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Re: 1st, 2nd or 3rd "generation" Chevelles

I like Blue's and Rich's responses, and agree with the breakdown. And I agree that they aren't really called "generations", but the breakdown as to chassis/tooling/design philosophy are accurate.

You can follow the A-body lineage directly through the 78-83 design, which were called Malibus, although never officially Chevelles. But a lot of us consider them to be Chevelles because of the lineage of the chassis.

The A-body designation then was placed on the front drive Celebrity platform which has nothing in common with the rear drive platform other than size class in comparison to other cars in the GM line up at that time.

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Re: 1st, 2nd or 3rd "generation" Chevelles

There wasnt enough generation changes through the A body years of Chevelles to break them down that far. They were only built from 64-77 and IMO, thats not enough time to really start breaking a model down by generations. The only 2 cars I know that even do that are the Camaro and Corvette. Cars that have been built for well over 40 years.

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Re: 1st, 2nd or 3rd "generation" Chevelles

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They were not and are not referred to by "generation". End of discussion.

They're not Camaros or Vettes, they're Chevelles. No generation needed. And don't try to start that crap, or you'll be thrown into a vicious hornet's nest!
That's a polite way of saying what I wanted to! Thanks Tom. My reply would have been deleted.


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Re: 1st, 2nd or 3rd "generation" Chevelles

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They were not and are not referred to by "generation". End of discussion.

They're not Camaros or Vettes, they're Chevelles. No generation needed. And don't try to start that crap, or you'll be thrown into a vicious hornet's nest!
But Tom---
The ElCamino is refered to as Generation
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Re: 1st, 2nd or 3rd "generation" Chevelles

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They were not and are not referred to by "generation". End of discussion.

They're not Camaros or Vettes, they're Chevelles. No generation needed. And don't try to start that crap, or you'll be thrown into a vicious hornet's nest!
Did I hit a nerve or something? I didn't know that this was such a delicate subject to some. I thought I was only asking a simple question.
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