No other American car brands can match the kind of loyalty – and rivalry – of Ford and Chevrolet. Since the beginning of the 20th century, these two companies have been trading blows in elaborate marketing plans as well as on the streets.
If you really want to rile up your Chevy-loving neighbor, wax poetic on the Mustang’s beefy engine, “Mad Max” styling and agile handling. In response, you’ll likely hear all about the Corvette’s space-age body, fancy taillights and spine-cracking quarter-mile times. You think you know all about these cars, but do you, really?
There’s a lot more to Chevy and Ford than two-door sports cars. Did you know one of these companies sells the best-selling truck in world history? And that the other was founded by a Swiss-American race car driver who also had mad mechanic skills?
Both companies have also had a huge influence on American society. Did you know one of these manufacturers completely revolutionized the way factory owners treated common employees? And that the other is a critical brand integrated into a much bigger company by the name of General Motors?
From the showroom floor to the NASCAR track, Chevy and Ford are two of the most important automobile manufacturers in world history. If you think you can match wits with these mechanical masterminds, take our quiz right now!
Way back in 1965, Ford introduced its iconic Mustang, a muscular sports car. These famous two-door cars typically feature powerful engines that appeal to lead-footed drivers.
Chevy launched the Silverado pickup in 1999. The Silverado is designed as a heavy-duty pickup, and if your friends see you driving one, they will definitely ask you to help them move.
Chevy, of course, uses an emblem that's reminiscent of a bow tie. It's been around since 1914. Ford, on the other hand, has always stuck with its memorable oval.
Company founder Henry Ford is famous for his cars, of course. But it was his high-speed assembly line production that really put his products on the map. Those high-efficiency processes quite literally altered the course of manufacturing, too.
Ford wasn't the first very vehicle manufacturer in history. But it was close. The first Ford car was sold in 1903, roughly eight years before Chevy got rolling.
The Ford F-150 has been one of the best-selling pickups for decades. The F-Series was first created in 1948.
Ford followed up its massively successful Model T with the Model A. It was first made in 1927 and it's since become a prized collector's item.
From the very beginning, Chevy was connected to General Motors, one of the biggest automotive conglomerates in the world. Ford has never been a part of GM.
In 1958, Chevy unveiled its Impala model, a full-sized car that was available as a hardtop or convertible. It became a smash hit that was built until 1985, when it was discontinued. Since then, Chevy has revived the name twice.
Henry Ford didn't just revolutionize manufacturing, he changed the relationship between companies and employees too. He touted a $5 minimum daily wage, as well as shorter work weeks, which dramatically improved the quality of life for employees.
Chevy is part of GM, which is definitely not family-owned. Ford, however, has been going strong for more than a century and is still mostly family-controlled.
The Chevrolet Corvette was first manufactured back in 1953. The Corvette always has cutting edge looks and often features a very powerful engine for an exciting driving experience.
The Ford F-series is the definition of consistency. For more than 40 straight years, the pickup has been the No. 1 truck on the market. In the beginning, they were farm vehicles; now the trucks are used for everything from ranching to grocery getting.
The 1955 Chevrolet (or '55 Chevy) is one of the most famous cars in world history. It featured a brand-new body style, and it was Chevy's first successful (optional) V-8 engine.
Louis Chevrolet was one of Chevy's co-founders. He was born in Switzerland, moved to France and then brought his car driving and engineering experience to the United States.
Ford is famous for its Shelby GT350, a souped-up version of the Mustang. Like Chevy's Corvette, these are not exactly the most comfortable vehicles on the road but they are very, very fast.
In 1938, Ford created Mercury as a premium (but still affordable) car brand. After decades of success, Ford finally ended Mercury entirely in 2011.
In January 1942, America was reeling in the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The federal government insisted that car makers switch to making military products, meaning both Ford and Chevy stopped making consumer cars during the war.
In 1967, Chevy introduced its Camaro, a sports car that competed directly with the Ford Mustang. Both models became famous during the 60s muscle car revolution.
In 1913, Chevy unveiled its Chevrolet Type C, which is better known as the Classic Six. It featured a six-cylinder engine that helped it zip to 65 mph. And you can bet that there were no seat belts.
Years ago, Chevy used a blue similar to the hue found on Ford's emblem. But in 2004, Chevy changed all of its emblems to solid gold, in large part to differentiate itself from Ford.
In 1950, Chevy introduced its Powerglide transmission, the first automatic transmission found in an affordable consumer vehicle. Ford followed suit a year later.
Both Chevy and Ford have hundreds of pro race victories to their credit. But as of early 2017, Chevy has won more NASCAR races than Ford.
William Durant teamed up with Louis Chevrolet to create Chevy in 1911. It wasn't long before Chevy was in direct competition with Ford for a huge chunk of the market.
Ford has the dubious distinction of the biggest-ever recall. That recall happened in 1980 to address a problem in which more than 20 million vehicles were at risk of slipping from park into reverse.
In the 1950s, Chevy began making a series of large displacement V-8 engines that became known as "Big Block" engines. These engines became renowned for their reliability and power.
Ford's Mustang has consistently triumphed over Chevy's Camaro since the introduction of both cars. In almost every model year, more Mustangs are sold than any Chevy sports car.
Glass was (and is) a dangerous component in cars. If it shatters, it can kill or maim vehicle occupants. Ford was the first company to introduce safety glass, all the way back in 1927.
Ford was in control of American auto sales … until 1929. That was the year that Chevy surpassed Ford, in large part thanks to affordable six-cylinder vehicles such as the Standard Six.
Is it the Mustang? Nope. The Camaro? No way. If you can believe it, it's the Chevy Suburban, which has been manufactured since 1935. Since its inception, the vehicle was meant to carry numerous passengers and a lot of cargo, too.