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William C. Durant and Louis Chevrolet founded Chevrolet in Detroit in 1911. Louis Chevrolet was a Swiss-born American racecar driver. W.C. Durant was an American automobile pioneer who had purchased Cadillac and built General Motors (read GMC history). However, Durant overextended himself financially and in 1910, the banking interests that assumed control of GM ousted him. The partnership between Durant and Chevrolet formed quickly but just as quickly, a disagreement between the two men emerged. In 1914, W.C. Durant bought out Louis Chevrolet and got sole ownership of the company.
Cars are an inevitable part of today’s world, with umpteen models adorning every nook and corner of the world. The birth of the car and its periodic evolution through the ages is indeed an interesting subject to many and is worth a thorough study. It is thought that the modern cars that we see on the roads today are the result of over 100,000 patents!
The early automobile era played an important role in the development of modern cars. According to the views of historians, the automobile was not the result of an invention by a single person at a specific time but a result of many invention and innovations. Still, it is widely believed that Nicolas Cugnot, a French engineer, was responsible for the invention of the first automobile.
First Car And First Modern Automobile
Most of the automobiles that were invented in the early era were steam powered and were modeled on the basis of a horseless carriage. Although Nicolas Cugnot was credited with the invention of the first self propelled vehicle in 1769, it is Karl Benz who is known as the inventor of the modern automobile.