Top 10 Chevys of All Time #2

By Editors on September 8, 2011 8:33 AM

1916 Chevrolet 490

Intended to go head to head with Ford's incredibly popular Model T, the affordable Chevrolet 490 got its name from its base price -- $490 -- a figure that not coincidentally was $5 less than that of its prime rival. Smaller and far more utilitarian than the Series C Classic Six, the Chevrolet 490 had a 171-cubic inch/20-horsepower four-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission and, like the Model T, could only be ordered in black. Although opting for a proper electrical system raised its opening sticker price to $550, more than 18,000 Chevrolet 490s were sold during the first year of production.

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