The name Chevrolet is synonymous with the auto industry - it conjures up images of the 1950s and 1960s. No one can imagine a post-war world without Chevrolet. The man behind the marque was not so well remembered. Louis Chevrolet was born on Christmas Day 1878 in Switzerland and as a young boy his parents moved to Burgundy in France. This is where his interest in mechanics and bicycles started - and like many boys enjoyed the thrill of speed on his two wheeler. In his late teens, he started work in a local mechanic shop however the desire to see the world was looming and so he firstly went to Paris and then from there to Montreal finding a job as a mechanic and chauffeur as he went. In those days, being a chauffeur meant also being a mechanic. By 1901, he had moved south to New York where he was able to get a job with the the US arm of the French company De Dion-Bouton. It was in New York that he got married and was hired by FIAT to race their cars. Another move was on the … [Read More...]
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