On Nov. 3, 1911, racing driver Louis Chevrolet and ousted General Motors (GM) founder William C. “Billy” Durant, team up to build vehicles. One hundred years later, the company they formed, Chevrolet, is still making cars. The storied brand is responsible for some of America’s most-loved vehicles, from the Corvette, to the Suburban, to the Bel Air.
Here are some highlights from Chevy’s 100-year history.
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