Whether you're a Ford person or a lover of Chevrolet, there's no doubting that both these brands are not only recognized throughout the world but respected as well. And both have a very long and colorful history in not only American but world motoring.
Chevrolet was formed in 1911 by a certain Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant, as well as a host of other investors. Henry Ford had been involved in the manufacture of automobiles for a few years before that, but he helped change the game when he introduced an assembly line to vehicle production in 1913. This made his most famous vehicle, the Model T, accessible to the man in the street by significantly lowering production costs, and soon Model T's were everywhere.
And from that day onward, Ford and Chevrolet have battled it out! That battle has been ongoing through the years. For example, think of the '60s and when they pitted various muscle cars against each other. Or what about the battle of the pickups? Both Ford and Chevrolet have produced some exceptional examples over the years.
The question is, however, can you tell the difference between a Ford and a Chevy? One image is all you have to go on (we'll give you some hints if you need them!), and believe me, it's tougher than you think!
Produced from 1969 to 1977, the Maverick was a compact 2 or 4-door sedan. It came with a range of options, the most significant of which was a 5-liter V8.
The Impala SS was a model offered by Chevrolet between 1961 and 1969. The 1969 model was powered by a 427 cubic inch 5-liter V8, which produced 335 horsepower. The SS badge only disappeared in the 1990s.
The Ford Model A was the successor to the Model T and was just as much of a success. In a period of only six months between February and July 1929, over 1 million were sold.
The Ford Mustang Mach 1 was powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine, though other engine options were also available. This performance-based model Mustang was produced between 1969 and 1978.
The Ford P68, also known as the F3L, was a prototype race car built in the United Kingdom. Despite its incredible looks and racing potential, it proved to be very unstable, especially at high speeds. It never won an official race it entered.
Built by Chevy as competition for the Ford Pinto, the Vega seemed to be a hit, winning the Motor Trend Car of the Year in 1971. Soon, however, owners found out that had some problems with reliability, safety, poor engine quality and that it was liable to rust ... a lot! It was even dubbed a "sloppily crafted, unreliable and unsafe automobile" by the Center for Auto Safety.
The first minivan offered by Ford in the United States, the AeroStar was sold for a 12-year period between 1985 and 1987. During that period, over 2 million were sold.
Since 1961, Chevrolet has included a van in their model lineup. Currently, this is the Express, which was first manufactured in 1995. It's available in a cargo and passenger configuration, depending on the client's needs.
The Crown Victoria was introduced by Ford in 1991. This 4-door sedan was built until 2011, and over that 20-year period, only two different generations were produced: the EN53 and the EN114.
Produced between 1988 and 1991, the Chevrolet K5 Blazer was a capable off-road vehicle. Blazers offered four-wheel drive with either a 5.7-liter or 6.2-liter small-block Chevrolet engine. The suspension came in the form of leaf springs, both front and back, which helped the Blazer's frame-on-body design, adding much stability.
After initially competing in the crossover (mid-sized) category from its introduction in 2004, the 2018 model of the Equinox will now feature in the compact-crossover class. The Equinox is available with either 1500cc or 2000cc gasoline engine or a 1600cc turbo diesel powerplant. The 2000cc gasoline motor produces an impressive 252 brake horse power.
Another one of Ford's big-seller models, the Taurus first entered production in 1986. Currently, in its sixth generation, the car competes in the full-sized car segment. In the last five years, over 400,000 units of this model have been sold in America alone.
Introduced in 1917, the D Series was the first Chevrolet to have a V-8 engine. Sadly, it was horribly underpowered with only 36 brake horsepower, so much so that other four-cylinder engines were more powerful. By 1918, the D Series had disappeared, and Chevy only returned to V8 motors 37 years later.
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is a modern 650 horsepower behemoth that gets you from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and clocks a top speed of just under 200 mph. This is thanks to its 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine. And what a looker!
The Super Deluxe was produced by Ford between 1941 and 1948. It came in a variety of body styles, including a 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible, 4-door sedan and a station wagon, to mention a few.
The Aveo is a global brand marketed in over 100 countries under a number of different brands, such as Chevy, Pontiac, Ravon and Suzuki. It first entered the sub-compact market in 2002. Currently, the Aveo is in its second generation.
As one of Chevrolet's most successful brands, the Chevelle was produced over two decades between 1963 and 1978. It included a variety of body options, including station wagons, convertibles, coupes and sedans, and it even took part in NASCAR. The largest engine put into a Chevelle was a 454 cubic inch (7.4 L) big-block V8.
This light commercial van was first produced by Ford in 1965 and remains an important model in their lineup to this day. In fact, over the years, Ford has sold over 8 million Transits.
A special edition of the Ford Gran Torino, the King Cobra was meant to dominate NASCAR for Ford. Unfortunately, only three were ever produced.
The Malibu was famous Chevy brand for over twenty years, until it disappeared after 1984. Chevy resurrected the name in 1997, and it's currently attached to a vehicle in the mid-sized vehicle class. The top-of-the-line model comes with a 9-speed automatic gearbox paired with a 2000cc turbocharged engine that pushes out 250 brake horsepower.
Related to the Mazda B-Series, the Ford Ranger was produced in the United States over a 29-year period up until 2012. Ford plans to reintroduce the model in 2019. The Ranger is still sold in international markets, however.
The Chevrolet El Camino was produced by Chevrolet between 1964 and 1987. Despite the fact that it was a coupe/utility vehicle, the SS version was considered a muscle car and was powered by various big-block V8 motors.
This Ford Windstar was produced for a nine-year period between 1994 and 2003. It was only the second minivan that Ford made available in the United States, and it replaced the Aerostar. In 2010, Ford was forced to recall 575,000 Windstars due to rear-axle issues.
A great all-rounder, the Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 was a standout in the Touring Car championship in England in the late 1980s. It also did a bit of rallying as well.
Although the budget-friendly Ford Pinto sold well, it had a terrible secret. Thanks to the placement of its fuel tank behind the rear axle, the Pinto was a real fire hazard in a rear-impact collision. Ford only fixed the problem from 1976 onward and paid some out-of-court settlements instead of recall. When this was found out, they were forced to recall the Pintos anyway and fix the problem.
Introduced in 1961, the Chevrolet Corvair pickup was a smaller pickup that didn't catch the imagination of the American public. In fact, by 1964, only 851 were sold. It was discontinued that year.
Competing in the subcompact segment, the Vega was produced by Chevrolet between 1971 and 1977. It was available as a hatchback, wagon, notchback and panel delivery vehicle. Over 2 million Vegas were sold during its production run.
The Ford F-250 'Highboy' featured massive 35-inch tires, which gave the truck a really menacing look. Early 'Highboy's' were powered by a 360 cubic inch V8 engine.
The Ford Scorpio was a model released in Europe between 1985 to 1998. It formed part of the executive car category, with two generations released during the 13 years it was produced.
This plug-in hybrid vehicle from Chevrolet was first produced in 2010. The Volt is available in a number of countries around the world and has an electric range of around 53 miles.
Although it was only produced in 1927, the AA Capitol series say that Chevrolet sold over 670,000 units and, for once, broke Ford's domination of the American motor scene. This series included eight different body types, all based on the GM A platform.
Marketed from 1989 to 1997, the Calibra was an Opel product marketed in Europe, although they were badged as Chevrolet's and sold in South America. A sports coupe, over 239,000 were sold worldwide. The top-of-the-range models of the Calibra were powered by a 2.5 L C25XE V6 engine.
The Ford SVT Lightning was introduced in 1993 and is essentially an F-150 truck with a little extra under the hood. The Lightning was powered by a 5.8-liter V8, while handling was improved thanks to an upgraded suspension system.
Launched in 1956, the Parklane was a two-door station wagon. It was powered by either a straight six or V8 engine and had a 3-speed transmission.
Produced in 2014, the Chevrolet C7 Corvette is the first to use the Stingray name since the 1970s. Powered by a 6.1-liter small-block V8, this Corvette pushes out 450 brake horsepower. In In the "Gran Tourismo Sport" video game, it's a great high-performance car for relatively cheap.
Got $60,000 lying around? Then you can own a modern Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R. This Mustang is powered by a 5.2-liter V8 Ford engine that propels this Mustang to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds.
The Ford Mondeo was first produced in 1993. Considered to be one of Ford's 'World Cars,' the Mondeo has sold in many countries across the globe. It was marketed as the Contour in the North American market.
Built between 1988 and 1991, the Chevy V3500 Crew Cab 4x4 featured a heavy-duty Dana 60 solid front axle, as well as an overdrive automatic gearbox, which made it a favorite of those lovers of bigger-bodied off-roaders.
Possibly the most iconic car even built, the Model T made vehicles affordable to the man in the street. Thanks to Henry Ford using interchangeable parts as well as using a production line to build the car, prices for the Model T were kept low enough for ordinary people to be able to buy a car. Its success showed in the sales figures, with over 15 million sold from 1908 to 1927.
First manufactured in 1967, the Camaro is one of the most popular Chevrolet models ever. This muscle car has seen six different generations, although there was a break in production from 2002 to 2010. The 2016 SS version features a 6.1-liter V8 motor.