Extremely rare letter written as President of the Chevrolet Aircraft
Corporation to an Assistant Engineer at Pitcairn Field in Willow Grove,
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
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