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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

William C. Durant

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

Chevy or Chevrolet is manufactured by General Motors (GM), Chevrolet was acquired by General Motors in 1917. During the 1920s, they positioned the Chevrolet line to market mainstream automobiles to compete directly against the Model T Ford, Chevrolet continues on with this position today the highest-selling brand of General Motors to the current day, and "Chevrolet" or "Chevy" in essence synonymous with GM at times. See the Book about Chevrolet Photography

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1911 Experimental Chevrolet
1912 Chevrolet
1913 Chevrolet
1914 Chevrolet
1915 Chevrolet
1916 Chevrolet 490 Touring
1917 Chevrolet Model D V-8 - Notice the larger cowell and smaller headlights
1918 Chevrolet
1919 Chevrolet
1920 Chevrolet
1921 Chevrolet
1922 Chevrolet
1923 Chevrolet Roadster
1924 Chevrolet Superior
1925 Chevrolet Series K Touring
1927 Chevrolet
1929 Chevrolet The 1929 Chevrolet had a 3 speed manual transmission and a 171 c.i.d., 35hp, 4 cylinder engine. The interior photo below shows that instrumentation was pretty sparse. Steel disk wheels were standard equipment, front and rear bumpers were options.
1930 Chevrolet Coupe - In 1930 Chevrolet offered a new model called the Special, pictured here, which included wire wheels.
1931 Chevrolet - Lincoln Center Auto Show
1931 Chevrolet Coupe - It shared the same motor as other 1931 Chevrolet models, a 194 cubic inch inline six cylinder that produced 50 horsepower. Front and rear bumpers were options.
1931 Chevy Coupe at the Peranno Garage - Waterloo Rd.
1932 Chevrolet Sedan - Lincoln Center Car Show
1932 Chevrolet Sedan  - This 1932 Chevy five passenger sedan has the optional bumpers and side mount spare tire. The chromed vent doors on the side of the hood were a feature of the Deluxe models. Power came from a 194 cubic inch inline six cylinder that produced 60 horsepower. That was an increase of 10 horsepower from the 1931.
1932 Chevrolet Coupe at the Perano Garage
1933 Chevrolet Master Eagle 3-window sports rumbleseat coupe - It was powered by an overhead valve straight 6 cylinder motor and a 3 speed manual transmission
1934 Chevrolet Sedan
1935 Chevrolet Suburban - 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 differing very little in shape from contemporary "woodie" wagons. Seating for up to eight occupants was provided, with three in front row, two in the middle row, and three in the rear row. Either rear panel doors or a rear tailgate/lift window were provided for easy loading and unloading of luggage.
1936 Chevrolet 4 door touring sedan
1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe 4 door sedan - The 1937 Chevrolet had a 216.5 cubic inch inline six cylinder engine that developed 85 horsepower. A radio, clock, and heater, were some of the available options.
1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe 2 door sedan - Lincoln Center Car Show
1938 Chevrolet Master Convertible - The 1938 Chevrolet got a restyled grille. The vents along the sides of the hood were also restyled.
1939 Chevrolet Deluxe 4 door sedan In 1939 the Master Deluxe was the top of the line at Chevrolet. The two door Town Sedan was a top seller. A steering column mounted shift lever was option, a floor mount shift lever was standard equipment.
1939 Chevy - O'Connor Woods Assisted Living Hot August days Car Show - Check out those drive-in speakers
1940 Chevrolet Master Business Coupe - All 1940 Chevrolet coupes and sedans rode on a 113 inch wheelbase. This coupe has the optional dual windshield wipers
1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Business Coupe - Lincoln Center Car Show
1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Business Coupe - The Special Deluxe was the top of the line Chevy in 1941. This business coup is loaded with the optional bumper guards, bumper wing guards, wheel trim rings, and white wall tires.
1942 Chevrolet Fleetline 4 door sedan
1946 Chevrolet
1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster

1947 Chevrolet Fleetline

1947 Chevrolet - Lincoln Center Car Show
1948 Chevrolet Fleetline 4 door sedan
1949 Chevrolet Deluxe Fastback - The 1949 Chevy came with a 216.5 cubic inch, 92hp inline six cylinder engine as standard equipment.
1949 Chevrolet Deluxe Fastback  - Lincoln Center Car Show

50s Chevrolets