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.
Like everything in life one considers embarking on there must be a purpose. Whether it be a passion, a goal or a desire there needs to be a driving force within otherwise at the first challenge (do not consider them problems or your project is dead before it starts) you will give up. Also be mindful that doing something just to make money is never a strong enough passion, the first loss and you will give up.So restoring a classic car starts with the correct attitude, and that is no different for everything in life that we consider undertaking. The suggestion is that it is 80% mindset and 20% doing.How do I decide what classic to restore? Well start with your passions, or own personal situation. This includes why you wish to restore a motor vehicle. For some the particular vehicle or model is of no great consequence as the desire may be a hobby.For others they may have fond memories of an uncle or parents motor vehicle and have a desire to recreate the past experience. This may even be the original classic car is still in the family and available for restoration.In the good old USA we have many home grown classics we can consider for restoration. Perusing classic car magazines is an excellent way to start your journey.What I am suggesting is that right here in America’s own backyard are all the classics you can ever think of for your classic car restoration project, yes a home grown hero! Just remember you need to have the passion to finish what you have started as it is a long slow unrewarding journey and only the hardy will succeed.Some of the homegrown heroes you can consider are something like the ’68 Camaro Z/28 RS, a 73 Challenger, an Oldsmobile ’66 4-4-2 L69, and the ’67 Firebird convertible, a ’69 Mustang or the ’67 Chevelle convertible. They are just a few inspirations whilst scanning through a classic car magazine. Not to forget such other classics as the Ford Fairlane or a 1968 Torino GT, the list is endlessAnd of course the other more modern option is surfing the net to find your homegrown hero to restore. The opportunities for restoring classics are only limited by your imagination and your budget. Both the vehicle and the parts can be sourced via the net, you can place the order directly or if you prefer you can then go and visit the company and check for your own satisfaction.Remember it is a hobby and a passion so there is nothing wrong with wanting to visit and see your intended purchase and enjoy what you are doing.But as mentioned first of all before you commence on your Chrysler, Ford or Chevrolet (or any other home grown hero) restoration get the mindset or attitude part sorted. Where your heart is your treasure will be also.