Star (Durant Motor Co)
Like other Durant Motors products, the star was a made-to-order car made from parts from various suppliers. First, all the Star were powered by four-cylinder in-line engines, from 1926 came a six-cylinder in-line engine. The engines were supplied by Continental (series W4 for four-cylinder and 14L for six-cylinder).
The production of star automobiles is confirmed for the following Durant factories:
- Elizabeth (New Jersey) (Star and Rugby)
- Lansing, Michigan (Star and Rugby)
- Long Island City (New York) (Star)
- Oakland, California (Star)
- Leaside, Toronto , Canada (Star and Rugby)
Derived from the passenger cars, Star offered light commercial vehicles. On the chassis of the model C with the same Continental type W4 1922 a "delivery" (van) closed doors without front doors as well as a station carriage led, the first in the regular program of a US-offerer. Such station wagons were considered as commercial vehicles at that time. In 1923, the van was called "closed delivery" to distinguish it from the new "open delivery". "Open" referred to the missing side walls behind the side window. The roof was led like the van to the stern. The utility value corresponded approximately to that of a pickup with tarpaulin, for bad weather probably a textile weather protection. The chassis of the model C was now also available individually.From 1924 to 1926 there was a version "CC" for heavier loads and longer chassis and for vehicles with more than one ton of payload.Also Model F and a small truck model L. A few Durant light trucks were sold in 1928 as rugby in the United States .
In 1923, Star was the first car brand to offer a factory-made station wagon and delivered not just chassis to wheel- stock makers , who then built a "woody" to customer specifications. With an introductory price of US $ 610. Beginning of the model year 1928, the star was marketed as Durant Star and was only available with four-cylinder engine. In the second half of this year, the model Durant 4 replaced the Star .