As insanely crazy as it sounds the existence of a 1918 Chevrolet Suburban complete with a factory equipped OHV V-8 could have been a reality and quite possibly did exist as a factory experimental. All of the ingredients were there. In its first year of light truck production Chevrolet introduced the Cowl Chassis suitable for mounting any type of body, and had been manufacturing a 288 cubic-inch D Series OHV V-8 since 1917. All it would have taken was dropping the OHV V-8 into a 1918 Chevy Cowl Chassis, mounting an eight passenger aftermarket Depot Hack body on and William Durant branding it a Chevy Carryall Suburban.
Interestingly it wasn’t until 1935 when the Chevy Depot Hack found itself fully enclosed with Suburban Carryall emblems emblazed on each side. Plus it took another 20 years for the Suburban now in its fourth generation to offer V-8 power in 1955. And the most amazing fact of all is 100 years later the concept of an V-8 powered Chevy Depot Hack lives on in the incarnation of the Tahoe, and Suburban with a standard 5.3L OHV V-8 engine with direct injection and Active Fuel Management providing 355 horsepower with an EPA estimated 23-MPG highway.
Introduced in 1935 Chevrolet’s Suburban nameplate is the longest running emblem in continuous production. The fourth generation Suburban has been V-8 powered since 1955 and Chevrolet has been the best-selling full-size SUV brand since 1975. Forty-three consecutive years later in 2018 Tahoe and Suburban combined account for nearly one of every two retail sales in the segment. Tahoe and Suburban customers are also some of the most loyal owners in the segment, with 76 percent of owners replacing their full-size SUV with another Tahoe or Suburban.
Stay tuned for exciting news about the 2019 Silverado Chassis Cab (historically known as Cowl Chassis) it’s going to have ingenious technology Chevrolet gleaned directly from racing.