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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

 

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