Arthur Chevrolet

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Arthur Chevrolet
Arthur Chevrolet.jpg
Born (1884-04-25)April 25, 1884
La Chaux-de-Fonds, Neuchatel, Switzerland
Died April 16, 1946(1946-04-16) (aged 62)
Slidell, Louisiana
Cause of death
Suicide
Relatives Louis Chevrolet (1878–1941), brother
Gaston Chevrolet (1892–1920), brother

Arthur Chevrolet, (April 25, 1884 – April 16, 1946) was a Swiss American racecar driver and automobile manufacturer.

Biography[edit]

Born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Neuchatel, Switzerland, Arthur was the middle brother of Louis Chevrolet (1878–1941), founder of the Chevrolet car company; and Gaston Chevrolet (1892–1920). After brother Louis immigrated to America and earned enough money, he sent for Gaston and Arthur to join him. Once there, Arthur worked as an automotive mechanic and joined his brothers in auto racing. In 1911, he competed in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 but had to drop out after 30 laps when his Buick developed mechanical problems.

In 1916, the year after older brother Louis left the Chevrolet car company that he had co-founded, Arthur Chevrolet became a partner with Louis and Gaston in the new Frontenac Motor Corporation.

Driving a Frontenac, Arthur qualified for the Indianapolis 500 again in 1916, but was forced out after 35 laps when the car developed ignition magneto problems. His driving career ended during practice rounds for the 1920 Indianapolis 500 when he was severely injured in a crash. Brother Gaston won that year's race in a Frontenac, but Gaston was killed in a California race a few months later.

In 1928, Arthur filed with the US Patent Office for an 'Overhead Valve Engine'. Patent #1,744,526 was awarded on January 21, 1930.[1]

In 1929 Arthur and Louis Chevrolet left the auto business altogether to form the Chevrolet Brothers Aircraft Company with a new engine of their design (Chevrolair). The business was unsuccessful and was eventually taken over by investors. Arthur and Louis returned to automobiles, becoming pioneer leaders in the development of sprint type race cars. In 1990 Arthur and his brother were inducted to the inaugural class of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum.

In 1942 Arthur Chevrolet retired to Slidell, Louisiana. Suffering from depression, he committed suicide by hanging in 1946, only nine days shy of his 62nd birthday.[2]

Arthur Chevrolet is interred next to his brothers in the Holy Cross and Saint Joseph Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ US Patent Office. "Arthur E. Chevrolet - Overhead-Valve Engine". Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  2. ^ "Last Of Chevrolet Brothers Kills Self .". United Press in The Pittsburgh Press. April 18, 1946. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 

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