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Re: Durant Dealerships

From a 1925-26 Virginia State Directory of Business:

Newport News, VA: Colonial Motor Corp., Flint distributors. 3401 Virginia Ave. at 34th St.
Lynchburg, VA: Durant Automobiles, Main & 13th Street.
Norfolk: Durant Automobile Agency, Colonial Ave.
Richmond, VA: Durant Motor Car Agency, 1335 W. Broad St.
Flint Auto Distributor, 3 W. Grace St.
Roanoke, VA: Durant Corp., MacBain Bldg.
Roanoke Flint Co., Inc., 336 Salem Ave. SW

From a 1927 Norfolk City Directory:

Locomobile Co. of Norfolk, 821 Granby St. Building demolished.

Other:

Seay Motor Co., Durant, Star and Rickenbacker dealership (1926-27) 2314 Colonial Ave. at 24th St. Built in 1926 and still standing. Later was a Graham dealership.
Boone Auto Sales & Service Co., Durant and Star dealership (1928), 2616 Granby St. Building still standing.
Crouch Motors, Inc., Star and Flint dealership (1928 City Directory; info compiled in 1927), 746 Granby St.

Where Are You From? Norfolk, Virginia

Do You own a car built by Durant? No

Re: Durant Dealerships

From a 1925 Lynchburg, VA City Directory:

Midland Motors, Inc. Star, Durant and Flint dealership. 1222-1226 Main St. cor. of 13th St. According to the 1926 directory, it was now a Willys-Knight and Overland dealership and by 1928 was a Chrysler and Plymouth dealer (still using the Midland Motors name). The building has since been completely restored and is now an antique automobile dealership.

Where Are You From? Norfolk, Virginia

Do You own a car built by Durant? No

Re: Durant Dealerships

I googled the address and was nice to see the business uses the Midland Motors, name.


Where Are You From? Fremont, CA

Do You own a car built by Durant? Two of them

Re: Durant Dealerships

The present owner completely restored the building a few years back and it's a real show place today. Per the 1923 Lynchburg city directory, Midland Motors, Durant dealer, was located at 101 5th St. The building was demolished in 1962 for a parking lot. I have several pictures of the Norfolk dealership buildings that I'll email this week.

Where Are You From? Norfolk, Virginia

Do You own a car built by Durant? No

Re: Durant Dealerships

Stutz Motor Sales Co
433 Connecticut Blvd,
Hartford, CT 06108


Found this address stamped on a Model 619 Sales Brochure.


Rick

Where Are You From? Fremont, CA

Do You own a car built by Durant? Two of them

Re: Durant Dealerships

Is anybody keeping a list for the Ontario and Canadian Durant dealerships?

Where Are You From? Ontario Canada

Do You own a car built by Durant? No

Re: Durant Dealerships

Doubt it John.

Too bad Google messed up their Google News Archives. The Montreal Gazette May 2 1923 has an item called Solid Trainload of Durant and Star Cars Leaving Leaside Factories. The First Trainload of Automobiles Ever Shipped From Toronto.
Shows the plant with the train and 2nd pic is the long row of the loaded up train heading to Ottawa to Beech Motors Ltd with 180 cars ordered just by Beech Motors.

In the 60's I owned a 1931 Chev Canopy Express Truck which was orig sold by Beech Motors on Catherine St.

Had to be a Durant dealer in Brockville where my 32 Durant came from. An antique dealer in Renfrew who goes around the countryside buying up antiques told me he got two Durant dealer signs in an old warehouse in Brockville, but wouldn't tell me where this was.

Where Are You From? Ottawa Ont

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1932 Dominion built 614 Sedan

Re: Durant Dealerships

My goodness it still works.

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19230502&id=rRoqAAAAIBAJ&sjid=H4YFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2712,207277&hl=en

Where Are You From? Ottawa Ont

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1932 Dominion built 614 Sedan

Re: Durant Dealerships

Norm,
I was able to clean up the image a little.
If you right click on the train, you'll be able to download a larger image.


Rick




Where Are You From? Fremont, CA

Do You own a car built by Durant? Two of them

Re: Durant Dealerships

I pulled all sorts of newspaper ads in 2014 and I recalled the train load item so hunted though the stack last night. When I couldn't find The Montreal Gazette paper in Google News Archives I figured it must be one of the many papers that vanished off the site. There was quite the stink raised against Google totally messing up the newspapers by researches, historians etc and you are lucky now if you can even find items since. It was so cool before just looking up my own family name in the Ottawa Citizen and finding newsy items about gramps in the 20's, aunts / uncles in the 30 / 40's and so on. Many many items on Durant ads etc. Citizen is total mess now with papers missing or part of them on another day or month. Good many other papers US / Can the same way.
So I tried reverse with the http:// instead, I kept on all the printed out items and up came that 1923 item. I see you found another ad but on Montreal Durant Co Ltd. Interesting to note the St Cathines St mentioned on that is not the one here in Ottawa where Beech Motors was. Beech Motors, and Lea and Hawley on Laurier St were our Durant / Star dealers. I did see but didn't keep in 2014 that Lea and Hawley sold Reo as well in the 30's which might have come from Leaside (Dominion Motors)as well. One of our club members in the 60 / 70's owned a REO Royal and it had the Dominion Motors vin plate. Car still exists but I have no idea where it is now at death of the owner and all his cars / parts went to another person below Westport Ont and he sold all the cars / parts but one .. a 1934 green Lagonda.

Yes both the train and Leaside building with the train are hard to make out. You can see the rails in the building one.

Where Are You From? Ottawa Ont

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1932 Dominion built 614 Sedan

Re: Durant Dealerships

Here are eight more Durant dealers.
These were taken from the Oakland Tribune April 7, 1929


Berkeley Durant Motor Sales Company
2352 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, California

Slarr & Ellis
37th and San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, California

E.G Bernthal
2150 Central Ave
Alameda, California

San Leandro Durant Sales Company
San Leandro, California

Pacific Coast Auto Company
72 12th Street
Oakland, California

Richmond Motor Sales Company
1235 Macdonald Ave
Richmond , California

Durant Sales & Service Company
2436 Broadway
Oakland, California

Fruitvale Branch:
4034 East 14th Street
Oakland, California

United Oakland Motor Car Dealers Association

Where Are You From? Fremont, CA

Do You own a car built by Durant? Two of them

Re: Durant Dealerships

Fichter's Garage in Rockaway, NJ was apparently a hard-core Durant dealer, b/c I have an orig. mailer from them for the Star Four and Star Six dated January 1926. They had begun dealing in Durant products by at least 1925 and were still at it in 1931, which represented a pretty good record for that time, esp. given the ups and downs Durant Motor Co. put its dealers through.

Where Are You From? Spring City, PA

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1927 Star Improved Four (Mod. "M") Touring

Re: Durant Dealerships


I noticed a sales brochure on eBay for a Durant dealership:

Torbert McGregor, Inc.
Distributors for the DURANT Car
1206-1208-1210 Harmon Place
Minneapolis, Minnesota


I tried to copy and paste a photo but was unable to do so.

eBay item number:313418501876 Seller also has a number of other Durant brochures.

Where Are You From? Ellensburg, WA

Do You own a car built by Durant? Yes, several

Re: Durant Dealerships

You don't copy paste instructions at top of page "how to add Pictures" Only Durant brochure he has and its 1924 A22 Durant number A-24-104A-8

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Where Are You From? Ottawa Ontario Canada

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1932 614 sedan made by Dominion Motors

Re: Durant Dealerships

Mike,

I live in Denver now, but years ago my brother lived in the Longmont Colorado area. On one weekend when visiting him, we stopped into a little cafe for breakfast in Lions Colorado. A local elderly man was sitting at the counter talking with someone about his younger days as a salesman at the Durant dealership down the street. We buddied up to him to find out more and discovered that he had sold my car to the original owner who was a local political figure ( senator, congressman, or maybe mayor, named John Mackey ). He remembered my car perfectly and even remembered the dealership servicing the car so John and his wife could take it on their honeymoon. He told us the car was olive green ( bronze green ) with black fenders and olive interior with black stripes, and also had a gold pin stripe which went around the whole car below the belt line. I really could not believe his memory. My car still had the original paint under a fast and dirty flat black paint job and when stripping the car I discovered he was 100% accurate. The cafe had place mats showing main street Lions and he showed us the dealership in the picture, which was still there, and was now a motorcycle shop. It was at main street and highway 36 and if memory serves me correctly was where main st. dead ended into highway 36. I stil have one of those place mats somewhere in my files, but I am not sure the building is still there, as I never get to Lions anymore. Although I'm sure this man has since passed ( he was in his 80's or 90's then ) I wish I had made more of an effort to stay in touch with him. I didn't realize at the time what a valuable source of information this man was.

Curt

Where Are You From? Denver

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1926 Star m 4dr sedan

Re: Durant Dealerships

Curtis
Years ago when the DMAC went and toured the now demolished Elizabeth plant of Durant Motors, they all met an individual that had worked in the plant for Durant. What a great thing for anyone to meet an employee of Durant. They're all gone now, only a memory of making or selling "just a good car".

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65

Re: Durant Dealerships

Just before our event there, I had the chance to meet with Rocky and his daughter at his home one evening. We had a nice interview and he shared memories of his time at the factory. Sadly he is gone now too. Great memory.

Where Are You From? Ellensburg, WA and Sahuarita, AZ

Do You own a car built by Durant? Yes, several

Re: Durant Dealerships

Dubuque, Iowa: In the spring of 1930, the Lange & Tscharner Motor Car Co., sales and service for Durant, Auburn and Cord motor cars, moved into a new home at 850 Iowa Street, Dubuque.

Where Are You From? Ellensburg, WA

Do You own a car built by Durant? Yes, several

Re: Durant Dealerships

Does this club have any information on any dealerships in New Jersey. Outside Philadelhia,PA. My car came from the owner of a dealership in located near Palmyra, NJ. Would love to find something on the dealership he owned. THanks so much. DAve Blyler

Where Are You From? New Jersey

Do You own a car built by Durant? Yes

Re: Durant Dealerships

Just got this info on a D place in Toronto

The story began in 1919 when Joe Mills came out of the Air Force and began repairing cars as a roving mechanic. In 1922, he decided he wanted a garage of his own. He purchased an empty lot at 3147 Yonge Street and began construction of a building. But before long, Joe Mills took sick and died. Joe’s brother Guy Mills came to the rescue and the building was completed by Labour Day of 1922. It had a tar paper roof and a water jacket connected to the single rad in the showroom.
One day, soon after opening for business, Guy Mills was waiting his turn in the neighbourhood barber shop. The barber and his customer in the chair were discussing the new garage down the street. “They won’t last long,” the barber said. “We’ll see about that,” thought Guy.
But he faced a tough job with no experience in the car business. To overcome this handicap, Guy Mills persuaded Lou Hadwin to join him. Hadwin had been managing a small Chevrolet dealership down Yonge Street and brought a wealth of experience.
In 1923, opportunity knocked with the arrival of the Star, a new car the Durant Motor Company had introduced the previous year. It had many advanced features for that time, including a disk clutch, a water pump, an oil pump, and spiral bevel gears in the rear end. It was designed to compete head-on with the Model T Ford and was mechanically superior. Mills and Hadwin began selling the Star, as well as the Durant, and these sales helped the business to earn modest profits through the 1920s

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Where Are You From? Ottawa Ontario Canada

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1932 614 sedan made by Dominion Motors

Re: Durant Dealerships

Durant Motor Company of Saint Louis
Missouri Theatre Building
626 N. Grand Boulevard,
St. Louis, MO 63103





http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/3209



Rick

Where Are You From? Fremont, CA

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1931 Model 619 and 1929 model 60 Roadster

Re: Durant Dealerships

Rick Neat building and story behind it, but I missed the Durant connection. Was there offices there? When are we going to see that prize winning 6-19? Ross

Where Are You From? Orygun

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1930 6-14

Re: Durant Dealerships

Ross, Durant Motor Company of Saint Louis was located there.


Where Are You From? Fremont, CA

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1931 Model 619 and 1929 model 60 Roadster

Re: Durant Dealerships

This page is from the 1929 St Louis phone book

Where Are You From? NJ/SC

Do You own a car built by Durant? 6

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