Chevy Suburban’s Baby Pictures on Display in New Photo Album
A black 2015 Chevy Suburban just became the 10 millionth vehicle built at GM’s Arlington Assembly plant. To mark the occasion, and to celebrate the vehicle’s 80th birthday, GM has released a whole photo album of images that show the Chevy Suburban throughout the decades.
As the longest continuously produced vehicle in automotive history, the Suburban has a lot of snapshots in its scrapbook—so let’s get to them…
The First Generation: 1935-36
The Suburban was born the same year as Elvis Presley and canned beer—1935. The original ’35 model had a two-door body style, could seat eight, and was powered by a 60 hp “Stovebolt” inline-six-cylinder engine.
The Second Generation: 1937-40
The second-gen Suburban featured more Art Deco-inspired exterior design, and bumped the Stovebolt’s horsepower up from 60 to a whopping 79 ponies.
The Third Generation: 1941-46
The Suburban goes to war! As America entered WWII and production of almost all civilian cars and trucks came to a halt, the Suburban’s body style was drafted into military duty.
The Fourth Generation: 1947-55
As the boys came back home from fighting overseas, Chevy’s truck line got its first significant redesign since before the war, and the Suburban’s torque was boosted to 174 lb-ft at 1,200 rpm for greater towing capability.
The Fifth Generation: 1955-59
The 1955 Chevy Suburban got a mid-model year refresh that introduced revolutionary new styling, ditching the running boards and adding a wraparound windshield. Also introduced for the first time in the “second series” model was the legendary Small Block V8. The 1957 model offered factory-installed four-wheel drive for the first time, with the NAPCO-supplied “Powr-Pak” system.
The Sixth Generation: 1960-66
The sixth-gen Suburban entered the swinging sixties with all-new styling, and a choice of engine options that ranged from a 230-cubic-inch inline-six to the 283 and 327-inch versions of the famous Small Block V8. It was during this decade that Chevy also introduced the C and K designations to denote 2WD and 4WD models, respectively.
You can also read up on the last four decades and six generations of the Suburban here.