75 Years of Chevrolet Suburban

Topics: General Motors, Station wagon, Chevrolet Pages: 4 (696 words) Published: May 13, 2013
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75 years of Chevrolet Suburban

(clockwise from left), 1936, 1946, 1951, 1966, 1972, 1990, 1999, 2002 and 2010 75th Anniversary Diamond Edition (center).

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1936 Chevrolet Suburban

Representing the Suburban's first generation (1935-36) is this model from 1936. You'd be familiar with most of the major controls, but this is clearly an antique. The single sun visor — for the driver — is wood. About the size of a current Chevy Malibu, the fact that it only has two doors isn't surprising ... it's not that large of a vehicle. Sitting behind the bus-sized steering wheel, you press the starter button on the floor and listen to the 6-volt electrics slowly turn over the low-compression 60-horsepower "Stove Bolt" six-cylinder engine. Acceleration is gentle, the three-speed manual gearbox is noisy, and the ride is bouncy. The manual steering provides plenty of feel, none of it is much good. The new-for-1936 hydraulic brakes don't provide modern stopping power, but they work. For such an old vehicle, this is significant.

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1966 Chevrolet Suburban

Equipped with a 327-cubic inch V-8, four-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel drive, this truck is just old, not an antique. No-feel power steering and grippy power brakes will be familiar to any baby boomer. With steel inner door panels, the Suburban is clearly still a work truck, and still has only two doors.

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1946 Chevrolet Suburban

After more than a decade of refinement, every dynamic sensation improves with the 1946 edition. Interior changes include a...
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