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1904 British Duryea

£187,500

1904 British Duryea 12HP Surrey

 

Registration: 144 UXK

 

VCC Dating Certificate: 628

 

  • Produced under license in the UK between 1904 and 1906.

  • 4-seater Surrey coachwork

  • Three-cylinder, 3,520cc, 12HP engine

  • 2-speed epicyclic gearbox with reverse

  • Only example known to survive

  • Known history since 1947

  • Participated in the Veteran Car Run in 1956

  • Recently recommissioned by ourselves.

 

We find that the earliest history of this example of the ‘British Duryea’ is elusive, however, post-war the trail is quite clear. Owned jointly from 1947 by Mr Kenneth Neve and Major James Gardiner, both being located close to Warrington and well known within the VCC at that time. 

 

The car then passed to the Stothert family in Lancashire who set about completing its restoration to running condition. It was in the hands of Tom Stothert that the car completed the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in 1956. Tom’s determination must have been tested to the full as the car, suffering with water loss and significant overheating, arrived in Brighton at 5.45pm, some hours after the last competitors had left for the journey back to their respective homes. 

 

Appearing for sale in the Veteran Car Club Gazette in the Winter of 1960, it may be presupposed that Mr Stothert had perhaps decided not to repeat his endeavours with the British Duryea and it can be assumed that around this time the car passed to into the hands of the Sharpe family, and out of sight for many years.

 

Making a long since due public reappearance in 2005, this British Duryea was sent to auction at Christies along with several other vehicles from the Sharpe Family collection. Separated at this point from the recognisable registration number of M2, it is from this sale that the car was acquired by it’s current custodian.

 

The car had not been run for many years and was the subject of a comprehensive restoration completed in 2008 before entering a significant collection of other important veteran vehicles.

 

Having just benefit from some gentle recommissioning, this distinctive and superbly presented car is now ready to be enjoyed by the next owner.

 

Running on solid tyres and with tiller steering it may be expected that the British Duryea would not make for a pleasant veteran car experience, however this is not the case. Particularly on the open road, in top gear this car performs well indeed and has surprising ride comfort. The relatively tall gearing and large reserves of torque from the 3 ½ litre three-cylinder engine ensure a good pace can be maintained and we have no doubt about the ability of the car to convey the driver and three passengers from London to Brighton with relative ease. 

 

This British Duryea is a highly unusual, Anglo-American veteran car. The car’s unique appearance would surely make it a wonderful addition to VCC events and of course the Veteran Car Run. 

 

The Duryea Company

 

Charles and Frank Duryea had built a solid reputation for improving and building bicycles from their Washington D.C. workshop before constructing their first self-propelled vehicle in 1893. It was a gasoline powered, converted horse-drawn wagon. Frank Duryea built the single-cylinder engine and in September 1893 Charles Duryea is widely believed to have made the first ever road test of a gasoline-powered, American built vehicle.

 

The Duryea Motor Wagon Company was founded in early 1896 by Charles Duryea in Springfield, Massachusetts, producing 13 vehicles before folding in 1898. The first ten of these are officially recognised as the first cars sold in America. 

 

In 1896 two Duryea Motor Wagons were entered into The Emancipation Run, one of which, driven by Charles Duryea himself, was the first to reach the seaside town of Brighton, one of only 17 vehicles to reach the coast of the 33 that started in London. These two entrants represent the first American motor vehicles ever to be seen in Europe. 

 

Perhaps it was this achievement that stuck in the mind of Henry Sturmey, previously editor of ‘The Autocar’, as in 1902 Sturmey formed The Duryea Company to build Duryea motorcars in England. The cars were built under license in Coventry and also by the Rugby firm of Willans & Robinson, well respected engineers of the time. 

 

Whilst there were numerous success’s attributed to these Duryeas in England, including a class win at the Bexhill Speed Trials in 1904, they proved a little too unconventional for general public consumption. 

 

Production of the British Duryea stopped in 1906.

We are currently looking for vehicles to consign, please Contact Us if you would like to sell your veteran, Edwardian, or vintage vehicle with Autohistoric.