Chevrolet Series D

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Chevrolet Series D
1918 Chevrolet Series D V-8.jpg
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Production 1917-1918
Model years 1918
Assembly Flint (1315)
Tarrytown (3324)
Canada 194
Engine 288 cu in (4.7 L) V8
Wheelbase 120 in (3.05 m)
Successor Chevrolet Series 490
1917 Chevrolet Series D V-8 Chummy Roadster
1917 Chevrolet Series D V-8 Chummy Roadster(rear view)

The Chevrolet Series D is an American automobile produced by Chevrolet Motor Car Company between 1917 and 1918. Over 4000 Series D cars were manufactured in the 1918 model year,[1] and it was the first Chevrolet V8 car made. It wasn't until 1955 that Chevrolet made another V8.


The series came in two body styles, a 4 door Touring and a 2 door Chummy Roadster.


Chevrolet Series D V-8 Engine Compartment

The Chevrolet Series D V8 internal combustion engine is a liquid-cooled, 288 cu in (4.7 L) capacity, designed and built by Chevrolet in 1917 and subsequently by General Motors Company's new Chevrolet Division (acquired as part of Chevrolet's 1917 takeover of, and merger into, GM) in 1917 and 1918.

It is capable of producing 36 hp (27 kW; 36 PS) @ 2700 rpm.[2] This was Chevrolet's's first V8 and the first overhead-valve V8.[citation needed] Chevrolet wouldn't make another V8 until the debut of the small-block in 1955. This design had an exposed valvetrain (you could see the pushrods and lifters from the top) with nickel-plated rocker cover, an aluminum water-cooled intake manifold; the starter is in the valley, as is the gear driven generator with the fan clutch coming off of it. The gear driven generator runs the distributor as well. The belt in the front only drove the water pump. It had a 50 lb (23 kg) flywheel and a counterbalanced crankshaft.

The 1917 Chevrolet Series D V8 Touring, with a 120 in (3.05 m) wheelbase, did not sell well.[3]

In 2011 the 1917 Series D was listed 11th in the Worst Cars of All Time.[4]

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  1. ^ "75 Years of Chevrolet". GM Heritage Archive. p. 21. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "1917 Chevrolet Series D Engine". GM Photo Store. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "87 Year Old Chevy V-8!". Motorburg. 19 July 2003. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "100 Worst Cars of All Time". Edmunds Inside Line. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2012.