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LOUIS J. CHEVROLET - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/18/1930 - DOCUMENT 285885

 

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LOUIS CHEVROLET
Extremely rare letter written as President of the Chevrolet Aircraft Corporation to an Assistant Engineer at Pitcairn Field in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.
Typed Letter signed: "Louis Chevrolet" as President of the Chevrolet Aircraft Corporation, 1¼p, 8½x11, separate sheets. Baltimore, Md., 1930 November 18. On company letterhead to Walter C. Clayton, Asst. Engr., Pitcairn Aircraft, Pitcairn Field, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. In part: "In regard to the first paragraph of your letter, we do not know exactly how much of a head the gasoline tank should have over the carburetor float, not having tried anything of the kind, but should judge that a minimum of six to eight inches would work satisfactorily on climbing. In level flight you probably will have plenty of gas head, and we are sending you a new blue print showing you where the float level is...As stated before, we have never contemplated using the Haywood Starter, but if it fits your scheme we will send a cylinder head to the Sky Specialties Company of Detroit and have them advise us the best place to put a boss in our cylinder head for the installation of their starter. In fact, they wrote us on November 13th sending the drawing of the hole and plug required for their installation. We will take care of this on our regular production motor. How soon do you think you will require an experimental motor with fittings for Haywood Starter?" Louis J. Chevrolet, who founded the Chevrolet Motor Company in 1911, designed the racers that won the Indianapolis 500 in 1920 and 1921. Chevrolet Motors was incorporated into General Motors in 1915, after Chevrolet, having little confidence in his first car, sold his interest to his partner, William Durant. Chevrolet later became involved in motorboat racing and aviation before joining General Motors in 1936 in the division named for him. Chevrolet rarely appears on the market in any form. This is a fine example with aviation content. Lightly creased, paper clip rust stain at blank top left margin. Otherwise, fine condition.


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LOUIS J. CHEVROLET
Born: December 25, 1878 in Le Chaux-de-Fonds, Canton of Neuchatel, Switzerland
Died: June 6, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan



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