Louis-Joseph Chevrolet was born on December 25, 1878, Canton of Jura, Switzerland. He soon grew up to become a racing driver and a co-founder of the one of the greatest of the classic American cars, Chevrolet Motor Car Company.As a young man, he developed his mechanical skills and interest in car racing in Beaune, France. Here, he worked for the Roblin mechanics shop from 1895 to 1899. He soon migrated to Montreal, Quebec in Canada in 1900 and then moved on to New York City where he was hired by FIAT.He was a mechanical genius who had little formal education. In 1909, he learned car design and started designing his own engine for a new car. The engine was an overhead valve six that he built in his own machine shop at Grand River Boulevard, Detroit.Shortly after, he partnered with William Durant to start his company. In 1915 due to differences on design Chevrolet sold his share in the company to Durant. The next year, the company folded and became Durant’s General Motors.At this time, Chevrolet shifted his interest to the sports car industry where he created a state of the art race car. It was called the Cornelian and it finished 20th in the 1915 Indy 500. In 1916, Louis partnered with his younger brother Gaston and started the Frontenac Motor Corporation where they designed and produced another line of racing cars. Their most famous product was the Fronty-Ford racers.Louis Chevrolet died on June 6, 1941 Detroit, Michigan. He almost died penniless and his remains are buried in the Holy Cross and Saint Joseph Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana. His beautiful bust greets us at the entrance to the museum of the Indiana Motor Speedway.And while the main man of Chevrolet, Louis-Joseph, is but a memory to our modern times, his creations aren’t. There are many ways to experience the mechanical genius of Chevrolet. Some of his company’s car models can be taken on the road by renting one at any of the city’s classic car rental dealers. You can get behind the wheel of a red 1954 Chevrolet Corvette that has been re-engineered with a 350 V8 engine with auto transmission.While the great American classics came way back, it is still good to know that there are places that allow us a peek into that era of automobiles. In this city alone, many dealers have been offering classic rentals to exotic car rentals that accommodate everyone’s needs and dreams. So yes, the roaring 20s and the booming 50s may have come and gone, but some legends like the great classic car Chevrolet, remains to stay.