Chevrolet Series D

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Chevrolet Series D
1918 Chevrolet Series D V-8.jpg
ManufacturerChevrolet (General Motors)
Model years1918
AssemblyOakland Assembly, Oakland, California
North Tarrytown Assembly, Tarrytown, New York (3324 produced)
Flint Assembly, Flint, Michigan (1315 produced)
Norwood Assembly, Norwood, Ohio
St. Louis Assembly, St. Louis, Missouri
Arlington Assembly, Arlington, Texas
Oshawa Assembly, Oshawa, Ontario Canada (194 produced)
Engine288 cu in (4.7 L) V8
Wheelbase120 in (3.05 m)

The Chevrolet Series D is an American automobile produced by Chevrolet between 1917 and 1918. Over 4,000 Series D cars were manufactured in the 1918 model year,[1] and it was the first Chevrolet V8 car made. It was not until 1955 that Chevrolet made another V8.


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


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) at 2700 rpm.[2] This was Chevrolet's first V8 and one of the first overhead-valve V8 engines. Chevrolet would not produce another V8 until the debut of the Generation I small-block in 1955. This design had a partially exposed valvetrain (pushrods and lifters were visible) with a nickel-plated rocker cover, an aluminum water-cooled intake manifold. The starter is in the valley of the block, as well as 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 drove only 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" (PDF). GM Heritage Archive. p. 21. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 1, 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  2. ^ "1917 Chevrolet Series D Engine". GM Photo Store. Archived from the original on 6 January 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  3. ^ "87 Year Old Chevy V-8!". Motorburg. 19 July 2003. Archived from the original on December 22, 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  4. ^ "100 Worst Cars of All Time". Edmunds Inside Line. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2012.