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Louis Chevrolet in a Buick racer in Crown Point, Indiana, during the Cobe Cup Race in 1909

Louis Chevrolet (December 25, 1878, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Neuchatel, Switzerland - June 6, 1941, Detroit, Michigan) was a racing driver and the founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company.

In 1886 his family left Switzerland to live in Beaune in the Côte-d'Or departement of France. It was there as a young man that Louis developed his mechanical skills and interest in auto racing. He worked for the Roblin mechanics shop from 1895 to 1899 at which time he went to Paris where he worked for a short time before migrating to Montreal, Quebec in Canada in 1900. The following year, he moved to New York City where he was hired by the Fiat company.

Working for the Buick motor company he learned car design and started designing his own engine for a new car in 1909. Shortly thereafter, he would partner with William C. Durant to start the Chevrolet Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan. Chevrolet had differences with Durant over the design and in 1915 sold Durant his share in the company. The next year, the company was folded into Durant's General Motors.

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A mechanical genius with little in the way of a formal education, Louis was the older brother of Gaston Chevrolet (1892-1920), who won the 1920 Indianapolis 500 in a car he had built.

Louis Chevrolet is buried in the Holy Cross and Saint Joseph Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana. His bust stands at the entrance to the museum at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In 1992, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.fr:Louis Chevrolet

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