1925 Rugby Durant Tourer, Model F
An unusual American tourer; RHD; UK registered in 2007
The Durant Motor Company was founded back in 1921 and was specifically associated with the Star brand in the USA. Like many American manufacturers, they re-named certain models that were destined for foreign lands. Vehicles being exported to the UK were badged as this one is, ‘The Rugby Durant.’
Back in the day, these cars were bravely trying to compete with the Model T Ford and the Chevrolet, but it was an uphill struggle and it seems that in 1925, their best year, Durant/Star/Rugby Models managed to sell over 120,000 units - the Model F’s making up about 70,000 of these.
This particular Model F tourer appears to have been first registered in the UK in 2007 and we understand has spent some time in France. Being a RHD model, it has probably come from Australia or New Zealand where they were popular due to their low price and sturdy construction. Powered by a 2-litre unit under the bonnet and sitting on its smart wooden artillery wheels, this tourer is a rare sight on UK roads. Plenty of space inside though for jolly jaunts for the whole family. Indeed, our vendor, although he has not owned it long, has been doing just that around the lanes near his French home.
Bidders are advised that it appears to have had a non-standard gearbox at some point.
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