Chevolair Motors, Inc.

                  1928 -1932

Arthur and Louis Chevrolet built their first airplane engine in 1927.  It was a single overhead cam 4-cylinder design, and it was installed in a biplane built by the Moundsville Aircraft Corporation of West Virginia.  On the aircraft’s maiden flight the pilot experienced engine trouble, and was forced to make an emergency landing.  While nobody was hurt, the Chevrolet brothers had to go back to the drawing board with their new aero engine.  In addressing their problems, the brothers had a heated argument over the future design of the engine.  According to interviews with family members, the disagreement resulted in the 2-brothers not speaking to one another for several years to follow. 

 

In early 1928 Louis abruptly left the Chevrolet Bros Mfg Co., and started a new business called the Chevrolet Aircraft Corporation.  Art meanwhile retained sole ownership of the Chevrolet Bros Mfg Co., and modified the original 1927 engine with a new double overhead cam set-up.  Art later abandoned that design in favor of an inverted style engine.  The following documents pertain to Arthur Chevrolet’s aircraft engine business, which eventually became known as “Chevolair”.

11/08/28 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Chevrolet Bros Mfg amends charter,

new name is Chevrolet Aviation Motors

(Indiana State Archives)

11/26/28 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Chevrolet Aviation Motors now named

Arthur Chevrolet Aviation Motors

(Indiana State Archives)

11/30/28 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Arthur Chevrolet redeems & cancels

preferred stock of Chevrolet Bros Mfg Co.

(Indiana State Archives)

4/01/29 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Arthur Chevrolet Aviation Motors Corp

increases stock to 100,000 shares

(Indiana State Archives)

6/27/29 - Indianapolis, Indiana

G. Griffin urges patent attorney to hurry

application, company is losing money

(National Archives)

7/03/29 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Arthur Chevrolet Aviation Motors Corp

files annual corporate report

(Indiana State Archives)

9/28/29 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Trade Journal advertisement for the Arthur Chevrolet Aviation Motors Corp

(Aviation Magazine)

10/18/29 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Board of Director meeting minutes for Arthur Chevrolet Aviation Motors Corp

(National Archives)

10/21/29 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Arthur Chevrolet forwards BOD minutes

to the U.S. Patent Office

(National Archives)

10/23/29 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Arthur Chevrolet Aviation Motors Corp

changes name to Chevolair Motors Inc.

(Indiana State Archives)

Arthur Chevrolet signed Stock Certificate

12/17/29 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Ultra rare Chevolair stock certificate,

singed by Arthur Chevrolet

(Jeff Taber Collection)

1/28/30 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Chevolair Motors Inc.

files Articles of Reorganization

(Indiana State Archives)

April 1930 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Press Telegram regarding Chevolair's

participation in the Detroit Air Show

(National Air and Space Museum)

6/30/30 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Chevolair Motors Inc. files

Annual Corporate Report

(Indiana State Archives)

Circa 1930 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Arthur Chevrolet writes to prospective

customer about Chevolair engines

(National Air and Space Museum)

Circa 1930 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Promotional flyer for the

Chevolair Motors Corp

(National Air and Space Museum)

Circa 1930 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Chevolair Motors, Inc. supplement,

included with catalog

(National Air and Space Museum)

Circa 1930 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Chevolair Motors, Inc. brochure with

specs on both 4 & 6 cylinder engines

(National Air and Space Museum)