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1895. Duryea motor carriage in Chicago.
1896. The Duryea Autocar.
1896. Duryea Motor.
1896. Duryea Motor Waggon.
1896. Duryea Motor Waggon.
1896. Duryea Autocar.
1903-6 type engine. 15hp 3-cylinders. Exhibit at Myreton Motor Museum.
1903-6 type engine. 15hp 3-cylinders. Exhibit at Myreton Motor Museum.
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February 1903. Power Phaetonette.
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February 1904. Frame and engine.
February 1904. Four-seater car.
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1906. British Duryea side-entrance tonneau.
1906. British Duryea hooded phaeton.
1906. British Duryea chassis.
1906. British Duryea chassis.
1906. 25 h.p. tonneau.

Duryea of USA and of Coventry

Originally of American construction; made cars in the UK from 1902.

See Charles Edgar Duryea and J. Frank Duryea

1895 A Duryea car took part in the 1895 One Hundred Miles Motor Car Trial

1896 established a company, the Duryea Motor Wagon Company, to build the Duryea model automobile, the first auto ever commercially manufactured.

Charles Duryea sought out investors and buyers while his brother, Frank Duryea, primarily handled the mechanical side of the business.

1898 Falling out between Frank and his brother Charles who went their separate ways

1900 Frank set up the Hampden Automobile and Launch Company (Springfield), while Charles joined J. Stevens Arms and Tool Company, who were about to start developing cars; they took over the factory of steam car and bicycle maker Overman (car company), sharing the premises for several months, to make the Stevens-Duryea car.

1901 Stevens-Duryea's first product was a two-cylinder, 5 hp Runabout that sold for $1,200 in 1901. No production numbers are known for 1901 but the firm produced 61 cars in 1902 and 483 in 1903. (A 1903 example can be seen at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, MI).

1902 Stevens-Duryea's runabout was imported to Britain by Joseph Baker and Sons[1] but did not succeed there; in the U.S.A. it survived several years.

1902 Henry Sturmey set up the Duryea Co in Coventry which built the car under licence for a few years The engines were made by Willans and Robinson in Rugby.[2]

1902 Advert: Motor Carriages from the Duryea Co of Coventry.

1906 Last model from Duryea Co was the Lotis-Duryea of 15-18 h.p. [3]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. History of Joseph Baker and Sons [1]
  2. The Autocar 1906/02/17
  3. The Automobile Vol. III. Edited by Paul N. Hasluck and published by Cassell in 1906.