Louis Chevrolet

Louis Chevrolet

Louis Chevrolet

Louis Chevrolet

Racing driver
After his emigration to the US Louis Chevrolet became one of the hottest names in racing. He started off racing for Fiat, joined the Buick racing team and collected many trophies all over the country. Later he designed and built his own race cars named Frontenac. With one of those cars Louis‘ brother Gaston won the prestigious Indy 500 in 1920.

Engineer
Louis Chevrolet proved to be an excellent mechanic and engineer in the automobile business. He worked for William C. Durant, the founder of General Motors, and in 1911 the two very different men teamed up to establish the Chevrolet Motor Car Company. Only two years later Louis left the company and returned to racing. At the same time his expertise in engineering led him to different carmakers, and finally he created his own businesses. The economic crisis of the 1930ies forced Louis to look for a job, and he went back to Chevrolet.

Private life
Born in 1878 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, a center of watchmaking in northwestern Switzerland, Louis Chevrolet was the second child of Joseph-Félicien and Marie-Anne Angéline. Looking for work, the family eventually moved to Beaune in France, where Louis spent his teenage years and started in bike racing. He began working for a French car company but soon emigrated to the USA, where he also married. He and his wife Suzanne had two sons. Louis died in 1941 and was buried in Indianapolis.