Top 10 Chevys of All Time #4

By Editors on September 8, 2011 8:35 AM

1936 Chevrolet Suburban Carryall 

Recognized by most automotive historians as the first-ever sport utility vehicle, the 1936 Chevrolet Suburban Carryall combined a station-wagon body style with a half-ton truck chassis to create a new market segment that's still going strong after more than 75 years. The Suburban's progenitor appeared in 1933, when Chevy devised an eight-passenger vehicle with exterior panels made of wood for use by the National Guard and Civilian Conservation Corps. However when it arrived in showrooms, the Chevrolet Suburban Carryall sported more-durable all-metal bodywork and offered the choice of a tailgate or split rear panel doors. The first models were rear-wheel drive and fitted with a 3.4-liter Stovebolt Six engine that made 79 horsepower. Today, "Suburban" holds the distinction of being the longest continuously active nameplate in all of autodom.

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