Circa 1923 Durant Runabout Star Four Tourer
|Estimate||£18,000 - £23,000|
Having been forced out of General Motors, a company he founded, William C Durant began rebuilding his automotive empire, incorporating Durant Motors in New York in January 1921. Competing with the mid-priced Chevrolet, the company's first product was the 35hp four-cylinder Model A, which was joined the following year by the 70hp six-cylinder B-22. Built in the former Sheridan plant at Muncie, Indiana and powered by an Ansted engine, the B-22 was catalogued for just three years (1922-1924) and today survivors are rare. In 1922, Durant introduced the Star, intended as competition for the Ford Model T, and later that year acquired the bankrupt Locomobile, which gained him entry into the luxury car market sector. Following the General Motors policy of offering cars in every price bracket, Durant continued to expand, introducing the Chrysler-competitor Flint in 1923 and establishing the Mason Truck Company. Like many of his contemporaries, Durant was crippled by the Wall Street Crash of October 1929. Production plummeted and despite receiving approximately $90 million of its owner's own money, Durant Motors was gone by 1933.
This Durant Runabout has had an interesting life having been converted to a pick-up at some stage; she was then re-bodied into the Tourer format we see today. This righthand drive Durant has VSCC documents and is eligible for hills climbs which the vendor has used her for. These two-seaters with a Dickie seat are great cars and quite versatile, hence the popularity in using them for eligible events. We are advised by the vendor that this car runs well with no known faults and is supplied with a V5C registration document.
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