Chevrolet Logo

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Chevrolet is an American brand of car designer and manufacturer, which was established in 1911 by Louis Chevrolet and Willian Durant. It is the leading brand of GMC, which is the company’s owner, and one of the top-selling car marques in the USA.

Meaning and history

Chevrolet Logo history

Chevrolet, known around the world as Chevy, has an iconic logo with a rich history. Chevy’s logo is one of the most recognizable in the world and is considered to be the classics of the brand identity design. The logo, which had a nickname “bowtie”, hasn’t changed much through the history. It was designed by the brand’s founder, Willian Durant, in 1913. There are three most popular versions of how it was created.

The first one says, that it was inspired by the pattern of the wallpaper in a Parisian hotel, where Durant once stayed. The second — is a founder’s daughter story about Durant drawing the logo during the dinner in the family kitchen. The last, but no the least version is that Durant modified existing logo of “Coalettes”, a product made by one of the American Coal Companies, which advertising he saw in the newspaper. The Coalettes logo was a slanted bowtie with a bold, graphic look.

1911 – 1914

Chevrolet Logo 1911

The first brand’s logo was composed of a black signature of the founder, Louis Chevrolet, executed in a bold and distinct handwritten typeface.

1914 – 1934

Chevrolet Logo 1914

The famous bowtie logo was created. The color scheme of the first emblem’s version was light blue and gold with a white and gold lettering. This combination made the logo look elegant and luxurious. The wordmark was placed on the horizontal line of the Chevrolet cross.

1934 – 1940

Chevrolet Logo 1934

The color scheme of the logo changed to monochrome and the typeface became more modern, while the letter’s – bigger. The logo is more masculine and strong now.

 1940 – 1950

Chevrolet Logo 1940

The company decided to come back to the original blue and gold color palette, but this time the Chevy blue is brighter and more intense, making a good contrast with the white font of the nameplate and a gold frame of the cross.

1940 – 1945

Chevrolet Logo-1940
The Chevrolet logo from the 1940s featured a simple uppercase black lettering in an elegant serif typeface, with the letter “V” in the middle of the nameplate enlarged and looking like a stylized Victory sign or a bird. It was the simplest of all Chevrolet badges, which had no additional graphics and was not even framed.

1950 – 1964

Chevrolet Logo 1957

The most radical changes to the logo during its history. The color scheme changed to red and while, with the emblem placed on a rounded red background. The cross is now white with the red italicized wordmark on it.

1964 – 1976

Chevrolet Logo 1960

The period of the most minimalist Chevy logo. It is executed in monochrome, with thin lines of the bowtie contour and bold italicized wordmark.

1976 – 1988

Chevrolet Logo 1977

The logo was painted blue again, but now with a thin white framing from the inside of the bow and the black shadow. The lettering has become smaller and was placed in the middle of the horizontal line.

1988 – 2002

Chevrolet Logo 1985

The Chevy logo is now composed of a single emblem, the wordmark is gone. The color scheme of the cross is blue and red on a black background.

1994 – 2001

Chevrolet Logo-1994
The redesign of 1994 introduced a modern three-dimensional version of the Chevrolet emblem. The Bow was executed in gradient blue with a glossy surface and a voluminous silver framing. The “Genuine Chevrolet” logotype was written in black under the emblem, using the slightly extended serif typeface with smooth sleek lines and delicate serifs.

2001 – 2002

Chevrolet Logo 2000

The cross became three-dimensional, in a dark red. It is now just the contour on a white background. The logo looks modern and confident.

2002 – Today

Chevrolet Logo-2002
The version of the logo created for Chevrolet in 2002 is probably the most recognizable of all. This black logotype in a custom typeface with smooth thick lines, and some of the letters connected, looks chic on almost any background and can be seen in metal on the cars of the brand, or in plain black on posters and printed materials.

 2002 – 2010

Chevrolet Logo 2004

In 2002, Chevrolet began to use the gold bowtie for its visual identity. The emblem reflects the brand as powerful and confident. The change reinforced the strength of what was already one of the most-recognized car emblems in the world.

2010 – 2013

Chevrolet Logo-2010
The redesign of 2010 added texture to the iconic Bow. The gold patterns gained some small dots, and now it was enclosed into a thick silver frame. As for the logotype, it was placed under the bow, in a slightly narrowed black typeface.

2013 – Today

Chevrolet logo

The latest redesign, introduced in 2011 to celebrate the company’s 100 anniversary, kept the gold color of the emblem, but made it more luxurious, by thickening the silver framing. The logo now looks more dynamic and strong.

The Emblem

Chevrolet emblem

Chevrolet’s bowtie emblem is a wide, stylized cross. The horizontal parallelogram is overlapped by the square, forming a cross figure.

Many variations in coloring and detail of the Chevrolet bowtie have come and gone over the years since its introduction, but the essential shape has never changed.

Chevrolet cars have been associated with the iconic bowtie emblem since 1914, when it first appeared, which makes it one of the longest-standing logos in history.

What is Chevrolet?
Chevrolet is one of the most well-known American automobile manufacturing brands, which has been on the stage since the very beginning of the car industry establishment in the USA. The brand has survived several wars and crises, and today has a wide range of vehicles manufactured.