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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

Here's info from an invoice on ebay showing a Star & Durant Sales & Service

Seidenstricker Bros. Garage

Dallastown PA.

Rear 211 E. Main St.

Where Are You From? Mississauga Ontario Canada

Do You own a car built by Durant? No I own a 1933 C-400 Frontenac built by Dominion Motors of Canada

Re: Durant Dealerships

Still looking for any photographs members and non-members might have of any Durant Dealerships, now and then photographs are great! Got to be more out there!

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan

Re: Durant Dealerships

While at the Seattle Public Library a few weeks ago I decided to look thru the "Polk Directories" to see what I find for Durant. In Seattle 1929 I found a full page add for Durant and Star cars. The main store was located at 1600 Broadway. (I do remember that being a Pontiac dealer in the 60's) The other locations listed were: Westlake Ave, No.(The location Keith N. car came from), Sunset Durant in Ballard 5451 Leary Way, University Durant at 4740 10th Ave. N.E., Waite Garage at 2224 California in West Seattle and Airport Garage South of the city on E. Marginal Way.

Where Are You From? Washington State

Do You own a car built by Durant? Yes

Re: Durant Dealerships

Robert N Heath
A dealership building owned by Charlie Kruger at Swan Hill Victoria 3585 Australia,was relocated to the local pioneer settlement some four years ago.
The local people organized a reunion of his family and those who owned Durant Rugby's to the function, I also attended.A large crowd of people attended the Settlement for the occasion and many past stories were told. One being was that at the local 1923 Agricultural show, (with photo's to prove it happened), Charlie jumped his Durant Rugby off a five foot ramp to the amazement of 3000 people watching, to prove it WAS a Real Good Car.
My Father, Frank Heath who witnessed the event, told me Charlies car sales sky rocketed after that event.
The Heath family have lived in the Swan Hill area for over 150 years.Originally my Grandfather came from the West Midlands Stoke/Horton/Leek area UK.I hope to attend a Durant meet in the near future to get to meet
meet many other Durantians.

Where Are You From? Armidale 2350 Australia.

Do You own a car built by Durant? Yes. Durant Rugby 1924 model.

Re: Durant Dealerships

Great story Bob, thanks for the input!

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan from Elizabeth, NJ Plant

Re: Durant Dealerships

There is a business card on ebay for a Harold S. Davies, Star Dealership, 605 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma Washington. It looks like the building that was there has been torn down and nothing is there now. I searched on google for the name and came up with this picture for their Service Department that was located at a different address. The picture shows mechanics working on a Star (license plate looks like this is a 1926).
http://www.washingtonhistory.org/collections/item.aspx?irn=53834&record=5

Where Are You From? Grand Junction, CO

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1926 Star Coupe, 1929 Durant 663, 1929 Durant 666

Re: Durant Dealerships

Thank Gary, for the information!

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan from Elizabeth, NJ Plant

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I have a photo of the Tacoma dealership in 1929. I found it about 10 years ago at the Puyallup swap meet in a collection of old photographs. The dealership was advertising the new 1929 Durant. I added a post to this string of notes back then.
Tom is right: the building has been torn down. I went to the address in Tacoma 10 years ago when I found the photo and the building was no longer there back 10 years ago.
I thought I submitted the photo to the website, but I will try to see if I can scan the photo and add it to this string.

Where Are You From? Ellensburg, WA

Do You own a car built by Durant? yes

Re: Durant Dealerships

Found a new dealership.

JF Triggs auto parts and cyclery Dealer in Durant and Star cars
200 South Main Street, Sebastopol, California

Rick






These images and maybe more information can be found at the Western Sonoma County Historical Society, 261 South Main St., Sebastopol, CA 95472
http://www.sebastopol-farm-museum.org

Where Are You From? Fremont, CA

Do You own a car built by Durant? 2 of them

Re: Durant Dealerships

Here is one more, but it's a parking lot now :-(

Binghamton Auto Sales
190 Water Street
Binghamton, NY 13901

Rick



Where Are You From? Silicon Valley, CA

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

Re: Durant Dealerships

J. Gilbert Grubb Motor Co., 746 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA. Was briefly a Durant dealership from May, 1930 until 1931. Grubb was originally a Chevrolet dealer and later a Pontiac and Oakland dealer. The building, built in 1923, is still standing and is a gun shop. Norfolk also had a Flint and a Locomobile dealership and will get more information on these. Thank you. Bill Inge - Virginia Building & Business Historian.

Where Are You From? Norfolk, Virginia

Do You own a car built by Durant? No

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

 

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