The itinerary of an adventurer
The second in a family of 7 children, Louis Chevrolet was born on the 25th of December 1878 in Chaux-de-Fonds, where his father worked in the watchmaking industry.In 1880, as the economic crisis came to an end, his father, a talented watchmaker, went back to work in Bonfol, his village of origin. At the time, the family lived in Beurnevésin, a nearby village. In 1887, the family settled in Beaune, France. Louis was 8 years old. He became a bicycle mechanic and took part in cycling competitions. It was during this period that he met the billionaire Vanderbilt, who offered him work in the US. However, he continued his French odyssey at the Darracq automobile plants in Paris. Louis eventually decided to leave, and landed on American soil in 1900, starting in Quebec before ending at De Dion Bouton America, in New York.