Chevrolet, Louis

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Born: Dec 25, 1879 AD
Died: 1941 AD, at 61 years of age.

Nationality: Swiss
Categories: Manufacturers


1878 - Born on Christmas Day, December 25th in La Chaux de Fonds, Neuchâtel, Switzerland. An automobile designer and racer whose name is borne by the Chevrolet Division of General Motors Corporation, an enterprise from which he derived little profit and of which he was a minor employee in the last years of his life.

1900 - He emigrated to the United States from France.

1905 - Five years later, in his first automobile race, he defeated the great American driver Barney Oldfield, and thereafter he set records on every important track in the United States.

         - His time for the measured mile, 52.8 seconds, was remarkable.

1911 - With William Crapo Durant, he built the first Chevrolet car; but he had little confidence in it.

1915 - He sold his interest to Durant, who, the next year, brought the Chevrolet Motor Company into the General Motors organization.

1920-1921 - Other cars designed by Chevrolet won the Indianapolis 500-mile race,a Monroe driven by his brother Gaston Chevrolet and a Frontenac driven by Tommy Milton.

1936 - He returned to the General Motors division named for him.

1941 - Died on June 6th in Detroit.

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