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William C. Durant
William C. Durant

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At some time in February, 1911, after the racing team for Buick was disbanded, William C. Durant contacted Louis Chevrolet who was a distinguished race car driver, and asked his help in designing a new car to introduce to the general public. Although he hadn't yet fashioned a company to build it. Durant knew Chevrolet had ambitions of building his own car, and since the name Chevrolet was well established in motor car racing Durant felt he was just the man to get the job dine. By sponsoring Chevrolet in building his own car complete a "Chevrolet" nameplate, Durant quickly got the research and development finished on a new automobile, a fast race about, although more importantly it promoted the name of "Chevrolet".

Louis Chevrolet employed Etienne Planche an engineer from France to assist him, Chevrolet had known Planche from his days in Brooklyn with the Walter, Planche had also designed and engineered the Roebling-Planche (precursor to the Mercer). Also assisting them was a mechanic and machinist named Henry Winterholf whom Louis Chevrolet had met while he was working with the Racing Team at Buick.

In March 13, 1911, in Detroit Michigan, Louis Chevrolet rented the second floor over D.M. Schulte and Sons Garage located on Grand River Ave. to begin the design of his first Chevrolet automobile. Suspicions were that Durant funded the operation, employing Louis Chevrolet as a independent contractor. There have never been any documentation found in any Michigan records showing any such company being founded up by either Durant or Chevrolet. The Flint Daily Journal leaked some news on May 30, 1911 of the upcoming Chevrolet automobile by Durant. The following day, on May 31, the Flint Daily Journals headline stated "Little Is Manager" and announced that Bill Little was going to be in charge of Chevrolet operations. it was Bill Little who was the former Buick plant manager and not only did he understand how important it was to build low, medium price, and high end automobiles, but exactly how go about it. Flint Michigan's businessmen along with the Flint board of commerce sought after the Durant Chevrolet Company to locate in their town, and not in Detroit according to an article in the Flint Daily Journal June 2, 1911. Durant along with banker A.G. Bishop agreed to locate a factory within Flint along with a partnership with A.C. Mason to build the engines to install in the Chevrolet company in the future during the first part of August.

A lease for 2 years was negotiated July 15, 1911. Subsequently Little moved the operations into the former building of the Corcoran Light Co. he had leased which was located on West Grand Blvd in the City of Detroit. The Flint Daily Journal of July 15, 1911 heading read: "Chevrolet Company. to Start Up In Detroit - Secures a Lease on Temporary Basis". The journal quoted Bill Little as saying: "I am organizing this new company while Mr. Durant is helping me all the way. Researchers have yet to find any formal kind of documentation that a Chevrolet Motor Car Company ever legally existed in Michigan commerce records and no proof of Mr. Little conducting business using a DBA as The Chevrolet Motor Car Company or any similar name. Among the names listed on the company payroll were those of Louis Chevrolet, Henry Winterholf and Etienne Planche .

Early Chevrolet Factory in Flint Michigan

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<b>1911 Experimental Chevrolet</b>
1911 Experimental Chevrolet
<b>1912 Chevrolet</b>
1912 Chevrolet
<b>1913 Chevrolet</b>
1913 Chevrolet
<b>1914 Chevrolet</b>
1914 Chevrolet
<b>1915 Chevrolet</b>
1915 Chevrolet
<b>1916 Chevrolet</b>
1916 Chevrolet 490 Touring
<b>1917 Chevrolet</b><br> Model D V-8 - Notice the larger cowell and smaller headlights
1917 Chevrolet Model D V-8
<b>1918 Chevrolet</b>
1918 Chevrolet
<b>1919 Chevrolet</b>
1919 Chevrolet
<b>1920 Chevrolet</b>
1920 Chevrolet
<b>1921 Chevrolet</b>
1921 Chevrolet
<b>1922 Chevrolet</b>
1922 Chevrolet
<b>1923 Chevrolet</b>
1923 Chevrolet Roadster
<b>1924 Chevrolet</b>
1924 Chevrolet Superior
1925 Chevrolet Series K Touring
1925 Chevrolet Series K Touring
<b>1927 Chevrolet</b>
1927 Chevrolet
<b>1929 Chevrolet</b><br> The 1929 Chevrolet | 3 speed manual transmission | 171 c.i.d., 35hp, 4 cylinder engine.| Steel disk wheels were standard  front / 
rear bumpers were options.
1929 Chevrolet
<b>1930 Chevrolet</b><br> In 1930 Chevrolet offered a new model called the Special, pictured here, which included wire wheels.
1930 Chevrolet Coupe
<b>1931 Chevrolet</b><br> 1931 Chevrolet Roadster - Back side - Lincoln Center Auto Show
1931 Chevrolet
<b>1931 Chevrolet - Front</b><br>Lincoln Center Auto Show
1931 Chevrolet Roadster - Front
<b>1931 Chevrolet</b><br>It shared the same motor as other 1931 Chevys, a 194 cubic inch inline
1931 Chevrolet Coupe
<b>1931 Chevrolet Coupe</b><br>Photographed at the Peranno Garage - Waterloo Rd.- Photo 1
1931 Chevy Coupe
<b>1931 Chevrolet Coupe</b><br>Photographed at the Peranno Garage - Waterloo Rd. - Photo 2
1931 Chevy Coupe
<b>1932 Chevrolet Sedan</b>
1932 Chevrolet Sedan
<b>1932 Chevrolet at the Perano Garage</b>
1932 Chevrolet Coupe
<b>1933 Chevrolet</b><br>1933 Chevrolet Sedan - Lincoln Center Car Show
1932 Chevrolet Sedan
<b>1933 Chevrolet Sedan</b><br>Lincoln Center Car Show
1933 Chevrolet Sedan
<b>1933 Chevrolet Master Eagle</b><br>3-window sports rumbleseat coupe - It was powered by an overhead valve straight 6 cylinder motor and a 3 speed manual
1933 Chevrolet Master Eagle
<b>1934 Chevrolet Sedan</b>
1934 Chevrolet Sedan
<b>1935 Chevrolet Suburban</b><br>These share the front sheet metal and frames of the 1/2 ton pickup models of the same year, but featured all-metal wagon bodies 1935 Chevrolet Surburban
<b>1936 Chevrolet 4 door touring Sedan</b>
1936 Chevrolet 4 Door Touring Sedan
<b>1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe 4 door sedan</b><br>The 1937 Chevrolet | 216.5 cubic inch inline six that developed 85 horses radio, clock, and heater,
1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe 4 Door Sedan
<b>1937 Chevrolet Master Deluxe</b><br>2 Door Sedan - Lincoln Center Car Show
1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe
<b>1937 Chevrolet</b><br>2 Door Sedan - Lincoln Center Car Show
1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe
<b>1938 Chevrolet Master Convertible</b><br>The 1938 Chevrolet got a restyled grille. The vents along the sides of the hood were also restyled.
1938 Chevrolet Master Convertible
<b>1939 Chevrolet Deluxe 4 Door Sedan</b><br>The Master Deluxe was the top of the line The
1939 Chevrolet Deluxe 4 Door Sedan
<b>1939 Chevy Deluce Touring Sedan</b><br>O'Connor Woods Assisted Living Hot August days Car Show - Check out those drive-in speakers
1939 Chevy Deluce Touring Sedan
<b>1940 Chevrolet Master Business Coupe</b><br>All 1940 Chevys rode on a 113" wheelbase.| optional dual windshield wipers
1940 Chevrolet Master Business Coupe
<b>1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Business Coupe</b><br>The Special Deluxe was the top of the line Chevy in 1941. This
1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Business Coupe
<b>1942 Chevrolet Fleetline 4 Door Sedan</b>
1942 Chevrolet Fleetline
<b>1946 Chevrolet</b>
1946 Chevrolet
<b>1943 Chevrolet Fleetmaster</b>
1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster
<b>1947 Chevrolet Fleetline</b>
1947 Chevrolet Fleetline
<b>1948 Chevrolet Fleetline 4 Door Sedan</b>
1948 Chevrolet Fleetline 4 Door Sedan
<b>1949 Chevrolet Deluxe Fastback</b><br>The 1949 Chevy came with a 216.5 cubic inch, 92hp inline six cylinder engine as standard equipment.
1949 Chevrolet Deluxe Fastback

50s Chevrolets