Swiss-born automobile designer and racing driver Louis Chevrolet sits behind the wheel of his prototype car in 1911. The car went into production as the first Chevrolet in 1912. Chevrolet founded the Chevrolet Brand 100 years ago with General Motors founder William C. Durant. Chevrolet was born in 1878 and died in 1941.
A truck carries a Chevrolet Coupe advertisement with an actual vehicle on board, circa 1922 in the District of Columbia.
Beginning in January 1937, a strike at the Chevrolet plant in Flint, MIch., lasted 43 days.
In 1942, this family was taking their Chevy, with a rumble seat, out for a drive.
Hungarian-born photographer Arthur Fellig, aka Weegee, sits on a stool, typing on a typewriter in the trunk of his Chevrolet while smoking a cigar in 1942.
Designers in 1948 outline the Chevrolet of the future.
W. F. Armstrong, general manager of Chevrolet, and T. H. Keating, general sales manager of the automaker, stand next to the 22,000,000th Chevrolet as it emerges from a giant calendar in June 1949.
A newly married couple waves goodbye as they leave on their honeymoon in a Chevrolet Bel Air convertible in 1957 in Chestnut Hill, Penn.
Apollo 12 Astronauts (from left) Charles Conrad, Richard Gordon, Alan Bean sit on their Corvettes at Cocoa Beach, Fla., on September 23, 1969.
Gallo winery spokesperson Kate MacMurray stands in front of an old red Chevrolet truck as she greets visitors to the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Showase of Wine & Food festival at MacMurray Ranch, in Healdsburg, Calif., in 2009.
A model poses with a Chevrolet at an auto show in Beijing, China, on May 15, 2009. General Motors plans to begin exports of vehicles made in China to the United States within two years, ramping up sales to more than 50,000 by 2014.
A Chevrolet Corvette is displayed at the 48th Annual San Francisco International Auto Show November 2005 in San Francisco, Calif.
Brandon Smith checks out a couple of classic Camaros at the Chevrolet display at Mumfest in New Bern, N.C in October 2009.
More than fifty Chevrolet Volt electric vehicles with extended range capability roll down Woodward Avenue in Birmingham, Mich., on August 18, 2011, as part of the kick-off to the 2011 Woodward Dream Cruise. The parade of vehicles also included employee-owned classic Chevrolets, the new Camaro ZL1 and Chevrolet Sonic, and vehicles from the GM Heritage Collection.
General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson waves as he drives an antique 1960 Chevrolet Corvette down Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak, Mich., as part of the Chevrolet Dream Cruise on August 18, 2011.
Team Chevrolet NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson, left, and Jeff Gordon wave the green flags to start Chevrolet's 100th Anniversary Woodward Dream Cruise in Birmingham, Michigan, on August 18, 2011.
A classic Chevrolet Camaro passes by Flint Genesee Job Corps students Quame Jones and DeAnna White, both of Detroit, on Aug. 17, 2011, as they paint a Back to the Bricks mural along Saginaw Street in Flint, Mich.
Robot arms weld a crossover SUV as it goes through the assembly line at the General Motors plant in Lansing, Mich., on March 10, 2010. The plant produces the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia crossover SUVs.
GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson introduces the new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic at the North American International Auto Show on January 10, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.
A 2012 Camaro ZL1 is auctioned for $250,000 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas , Nev., on Sept. 24, 2011. The vehicle is the only 2012 Camaro ZL1 coupe produced with a Carbon Flash Metallic exterior. It will also be the 69th ZL1 produced at the Oshawa Assembly Plant, in tribute of the legendary 1969 Camaro ZL1. The car was offered by Fairway Chevrolet, Buick, GMC in Las Vegas, with 100 percent of the auction proceeds benefitting the YMCA of Southern Nevada.