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Chevrolet's Wonderful Little Car.

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

Pre-WWII Racing Topics:  Indianapolis 500, Louis Chevrolet, Cornelian

Chevrolet's Wonderful Little Car.

The New York Times
May 13, 1915


INDIANAPOLIS, May 1.—Louis Chevrolet, America's greatest racing sensation, has arrived on the scene of the next Indianapolis 500-mile race with the queerest looking car, a Cornelian.

Hardly larger than a baby carriage, it weighs only 1,000 pounds, and carries a motor of only 103 cubic inches piston displacement, smaller than the smallest Ford. The car has practically no unsprung weight, even the differential being mounted on the chassis, and the drive taken through a series of universal joints. The machine is also minus a frame, the weight simply being carried by the body, which is a single sheet-steel shell. Its speed is estimated at 100 miles an hour.

What Chevrolet will do with this car in competition is the question of the racing world today. Being able to go through the 500-mile grind, without a stop for gasoline, oil, or tires, it should rank with the largest cars in the field as favorable.



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