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MOTOR DELIVERY NOTE Mrs M.W.Hurst sale note- no 43425 – date 25 – 10- 1924 Received from C Richards Limited Currie Street Adelaide In good order the following Rugby carModel F Body type – touring
Briefest History of Rugby Cars –
William C. Durant, (1861-1947): The founder of General Motors Corporation. Durant began his career with a horse-drawn carriage company in 1886 and took over Buick in 1904, forming the General Motors (GM) Company in 1908. He lost control in 1910 to Chevrolet but regained ownership in 1915. He was forced out for good in 1920 and founded his own company, Durant Motors, Inc., in 1921
January 12, 1921 William Crapo Durant created the Durant Motors Incorporated. New Jersey USA
March 1, 1921 The first Durant Motors car had been designed, manufactured and set ready for demonstration. –
May 1921 – the “Durant Four” was put on the market.
June 1921– Durant Motors incorporated had receiving orders for 30,000 cars
February 15, 1922 Durant stated that his company would offer a small four cylinder Car of modern design. The car was called the “Star”
In 1923, when Durant Motors tried to export the Star car ,The Star name was alreadyregistered for use in the British Empire by a company in Wolverhampton,England. So the name Rugby was chosen – Star cars continued to be sold for export under the Rugby name until production of Star cars ceased in 1928.
Rugby cars were distributed by H.C.Richards of Adelaide and sold for £275 “Fully equipped, including five Straight -side Cord Tyres.” These cars were imported from Canada at this time taking advantage of less duty for British Empire Product at the time.
THE PERFECT ACCESSORY for a Rugby Automobile,
Henry had just the one made for his own head, at the time this page was posted Henry was organizing some rugby badges
A lad on Ebay was flogging a 1930 – 1932 Durant radiator shell and I got talking to him about what the shell is really for, to correct his info, covering Durant Motors and Dominion Motors and that like most US folks they fail to realize we continued the Durant after early failure 1931 under Dominion Motors into 1933. The shell didn’t fit 618, 619, 633 but did fit all the rest 30 – 32 including Rugby trucks. He asked me what my handles looked like and I sent him pic’s of the in and out ones. That’s when he came back with the site above about my inside ones looking like the 37 Olds handles. They do to a point. You can compare the repro site 37 Olds to these pics. Mine have more detail and art deco looking.
I’ve been told my handles are 1930 Essex by ebay handle sellers and rare.
It is very possible Dominion Motors bought up the defunct Essex Co handles to use only on our 1932 614 / 618’s. I thought maybe in its past someone put different handles on my 1932, but no. I have been told the identical handles are on all 618’s. The 614 I can’t vouch for, but the T handle over the front window has same markings. The 1931 uses the 1930 handles. I say can’t vouch for as there seems to be only two 1932 614’s in existence. My sedan J5222 and a coup J5090 near Whitby Ont. He has no handles in or out. I had half of both. I now have a full set of inside ones by shear luck. I advertised for items and a lad in Brampton Ont said he had my handles. I about called him a liar they are so rare. Sure enough his pic was my handles. Not trusting the PO to lose them in the mail, my recently deceased wife and I drove the 400 miles to pick them up. I got the 4 door, 4 window winders, 8 backing plates and 8 pins. And deluxe as well. The window winders have Bakelite knobs. (not the metal shown in the pic and two orig on the car presently). He even threw in two headlight lenses off a 633 Durant. He bought the handles years ago at an auto wrecker just in case he needed handles for a hot rod ,but didn’t use them.
633 .. No one knew about 633 Durant’s a few years ago until two came out of the woodwork. We are continually learning more about this empire of cars as new things pop up. Like blind back 1930 Durant’s. (No back window. One surfaced in California about a year back) Like my 1932, history seems to repeat itself and a coup and a 4 door sedan exist of the 1933 633’s. Its unknown if these are production or promo cars. Its either 9 or 15 made. Consensus so far is promo and possibility of a 3rd 633 but two door sedan wreck, which gives more credence to promo and 9 only. One of each style.
Oh the lenses I was given .. Dominion Motors used Depress Beam lights (Durant Motors used Glolite) for our Durant and Frontenac’s. The 633 lense is convex not flat of the 31 / 32. Only other application for this lense is the Reo Royal, also built in the Dominion Motors plant by REO. So you can imagine how rare those lenses are. And yes will fit my 32 if I wanted it to be different. from Norm.