The Chevrolet Bowtie, that iconic badge that's adorned an estimated 215 million cars and trucks, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The Bowtie originally debuted on the 1914 Chevrolet H-2 Royal Mail and H-4 Baby Grand.
The long-accepted version of how Chevrolet got its Bowtie logo is that company co-founder William C. Durant saw the motif on the wallpaper of a Parisian hotel, tore off a piece of the wallpaper, and adapted the pattern for his cars' nameplate. That's the version the late Durant himself told.
Were you one of the many that thought the apocalypse must be nigh for General Motors to suggest that we should stop referring to Chevrolet as 'Chevy'?" Yeah, we understand. After all, the nickname is as American as baseball and apple pie... or something like that.