The first vehicle to wear the name Chevrolet Suburban went on sale all the way back in 1935. No other American nameplate can claim such longevity. Of course, that isn’t the only thing long about the Chevrolet Suburban. Easily one of America’s largest SUV’s (and that’s a very big statement) Suburban is also the country’s favorite full-size SUV.
For those who frequently haul as many as nine passengers, plus luggage while towing a boat or some other significant trailing device, very few vehicles currently in production will suffice. Additionally, Suburbans see duty with the Secret Service (in black—of course), fire departments, police departments, and as VIP transport for luxury hotels.
Interestingly, there have been a number of vehicles from several different manufacturers to carry the Suburban name. However, by 1978, the last one rolling was the Chevy. The company was awarded the trademark on the name in 1988. So, though “Chevrolet Suburban” is the oldest surviving automotive nameplate in America, it wasn’t exclusively Chevrolet’s until 1988.
There have been 11 generations of the Suburban offered since 1935, for the purposes of this article we’ll look back at the last two.