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sharp21 11-19-2005 10:44 PM

Durant Roadster?
A local oldtimer that builds T's has a car under a tarp in the field which I thought was a model A roadster. When I asked him about it he said it was a Durant that he was storing for a friend & that, while in pieces, was complete...
Anybody have any experience or knowledge with these cars? Apparently they were only built between 1921-1931... Im not sure what year this one is, but the guy wants in the neighborhood of $2k for it. What would I pay for a comparable Model A?

lowROLLERchevy 11-20-2005 12:17 AM

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a complete model A could easily cost you 5k from someone who didnt know what they REALY go for ...

IanRiordan 11-20-2005 12:48 AM

William Crappo Durant stared GM, that car has a LOT of history, go easy.

lowROLLERchevy 11-20-2005 01:13 AM

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its gotta be worth WAY more then 2000

heres the one durant i could find on barrett-jackson

sharp21 11-20-2005 01:17 AM

Thanks for the Pic! That looks to be the car!
I realize that the car has a lot of history. The man not only started GM & Chevrolet, but pioneered payment plans so that the average Joe could afford a car, something that Henry Ford was dead set against! His is a very interesting story...
So whats a guy to do? Let it sit & rot in a field? I certainly wouldnt restore it to original, but why not build a tire smoker out of it?

IanRiordan 11-20-2005 03:12 AM

Put a Cadillac in it, keep it high end GM.

sharp21 11-20-2005 03:20 AM

Now there is a great idea!
A big open air northstar would look pretty good in there!

cboy 11-20-2005 07:00 AM

Don't get me wrong, I like to see old tin get hot rodded. But if that Durant is complete and the parts are in good shape, it might be a better plan to put it back together, spiff it up a bit, and sell it in the collector market. You should turn enough profit on it to go out and have your pick of comparable age cars that have already been hot rodded. Now if the tin on the Durant needs a lot of work or if a number of parts are missing...then, by all means, have at it with the chop saw.


Centerline 11-20-2005 07:35 AM

I agree with CBoy. Some cars just shouldn't be hot rodded. If it's complete and in good shape to do so with this car would be one way to ruin it's value. A completely restored Durant would be worth 10 times what a modified version could ever be worth.

Buy it and restore it or leave it alone for someone that will. My $.02

sharp21 11-20-2005 06:33 PM

Duly noted guys & thanks for the input.
When I get back from work Im gonna talk to the owner & get the whole story.
I could certainly appreciate the car in stock form. Unless the price is right ill leave it for the next guy...
Truth be told there is an old jeep just around the corner from me that could use some attention...

Henry Highrise 11-20-2005 06:40 PM

Well if its all there the price at $2000 certainly seems like a bargain. But then again the Jeep you are speaking of may be more practicle. But for someone with the tools, and equipment, and talent ,and ability to restore that Durant original...he could make some money with it.

xntrik 11-20-2005 07:19 PM

IF you can afford to play, buy it and then sell it as is to a restorer/collector/museum.... Let them spend the big bucks it takes.

No reflection on you,,,
No doubt how good you could do it, they would not be satisfied that is was good enough..
that's how collectors are.

Max Keith 11-20-2005 07:44 PM

Durant Durant
I tend to agree that if the vehicle is restorable to origional or near origional condition, that would be the way to go.
I mean can you even imagine the sacrelig of doing something like putting a Big Block anything in an origionad Duesenburg or Cord?

lowROLLERchevy 11-20-2005 08:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Max Keith
I tend to agree that if the vehicle is restorable to origional or near origional condition, that would be the way to go.
I mean can you even imagine the sacrelig of doing something like putting a Big Block anything in an origionad Duesenburg or Cord?

i can :D lol

powerrodsmike 11-20-2005 08:53 PM

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I don't suspect that you will make alot of friends in the durant star automobile club if you hotrod that one. I was in the process of making a sunbeam tiger replica out of a sunbeam alpine. I had collectors calling me at home begging me to stop what I was doing. I know it wasn't the same as your durant star dilemma but the devotion that some of these restorer guys have to their marques borders on fanaticism. If you do rod it get ready for having to make almost everything you need on it custom, and again the restorer guys won't want to give up anything to a rodder. so if you need body or trim parts you may find yourself out in the cold. Just a thought.

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