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I thought 62 was Chevrolet anniversary year. I had a oval frame gold tented wall mount bubble with a 1912 Chevrolet in the top and a 1962 golden anniversary Chevrolet in the bottom. It was given to me buy a man that had a Chevrolet/Buick dealership a got it in 1962 for the amount of sales he had that year. On the box it said 50th Anniversary.

Chevrolet Motor Company was founded on November 3, 1911, by Louis Chevrolet, William C. Durant, William Little, and Edwin R. Campbell, in Flint MI.  In 1912, R. S. McLaughlin from Canada (CEO of General Motors Canada)  joined the company.  Durant had joined up with William Little, owner of the Flint Wagon Works in 1910, and brought Louis Chevrolet into the company (Chevrolet was a race driver who had raced Buicks as a promotion during Durant's first stint as President of the then fledgling GM).

1961 was correctly chosen as the "Golden Anniversary" (50th) of Chevrolet.  However, the first car designed for the newly formed company was designed and built in 1912, largely engineered by Louis Chevrolet.

 

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Chevrolet Motor Company was founded on November 3, 1911, by Louis Chevrolet, William C. Durant, William Little, and Edwin R. Campbell, in Flint MI.  In 1912, R. S. McLaughlin from Canada (CEO of General Motors Canada)  joined the company.  Durant had joined up with William Little, owner of the Flint Wagon Works in 1910, and brought Louis Chevrolet into the company (Chevrolet was a race driver who had raced Buicks as a promotion during Durant's first stint as President of the then fledgling GM).

1961 was correctly chosen as the "Golden Anniversary" (50th) of Chevrolet.  However, the first car designed for the newly formed company was designed and built in 1912, largely engineered by Louis Chevrolet.

 

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All Art presented here is Fact . The Kit (both the Original and Resin) represent the Prototype of 1911 . The Barrel Honeycomb Radiator was too expensive to make and did not offer any advantage over the contemporary flat radiators . Sans the  Roof and Windshield both is correct also . Thanx ..

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If they formed GM in November 1911, did they actually produce any cars before January 1912?

General Motors was incorporated in 1908, when William C. (Billy) Durant bought Buick, then went on a buyout spree in the fledgling auto industry.  Check Wikipedia.

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I should have said Chevrolet. But were there any 1911 Chevys built between October 1911 and New Years Eve?

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From Wikipedia:

However the first actual production wasn't until the 1913 model. So in essence there were no 1911 or 1912 production models, only the 1 pre-production model was made and fine tuned throughout the early part of 1912. Then in the fall of that year (1912) the new (and first production) 1913 model was introduced at the New York auto show.

So while Chevrolet the company was indeed founded in 1911 and would be the baseline year for any anniversary of the company, the first actual auto branded a "Chevrolet" for sale to the public was the 1913 model, designed (and production beginning) in 1912.

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