EXCLUSIVE: 1928 Durant M2 sedan

This Durant M2 has been with Gregg’s family since 1963, prior to that it was still with the original owner! Gregg’s father had planned to one day restore it, but unfortunately, he was never able to get to it. Rather than restore it, Gregg decided to get it running and safe to drive. He was able to get it back on the road and even took his dad for a few rides in it! The time has come to let it go to a new home, so if you are interested in buying this cool Durant, be sure to message Gregg via the form below.

What Makes It Special? My father, a heavy equipment mechanic bought the car from the original owner in 1963. He was going to restore it when he retired so he put it on blocks in a garage in Chicago. Every day when he went to work he turned a rear wheel with the car in 2nd gear keeping the engine and drive train free. It remained in the garage for 42 years. He had retired but was stricken with Parkinson’s disease and could no longer work on machinery. He gave the car to me in 2005 and it took 5 months to restore and refurbish only the components needed to run and drive the car safely. We were able to take my dad for rides until his death in 2007. At that time I drained the fuel tank and vacuum fuel pump and ran the car routinely on a remote fuel container.

Body Condition: The paint and body are in original condition. I only painted the wheels and rims to factory standards for that model. The paint is called Persian blue with black fenders and skirts. It varies from shiny reflective to chipped, dulled and dinged. There are two dents in the back end roof area. The headlights were restored to original and work as new with re-silvered reflectors. Paint remains on the wooden body frame where originally applied. Original paint remains covering the wheel wells and parts of the steering, drive and braking parts. There is no rust anywhere except for surface corrosion on areas of the underbody. The interior is intact and original mohair with only a couple of cuts and wear spots including the door panels and headliner. The windshield and front windows were replaced with safety glass, rear door and passenger glass are original. The speedometer cable is broken, it broke the day my father drove the car home and I never repaired it. It is a 90-year-old car.

Mechanical Condition: The radiator is new, as are all hoses and some wiring. I rebuilt the entire four wheel three shoe mechanical braking system having the original shoes re-surfaced. I rebuilt the vacuum fuel pump, had the fuel tank boiled out and rebuilt the universal joints. The engine only needed a new head gasket and tune-up. I replaced the original pot-metal carburetor with a new Zenith model 68 as advised by the Durant Club historian and include 2 original carburetors, some spare parts and the original jack, toolkit and chains that we originally found under the rear seat. Clutch and transmission were in good condition and fluids were changed.

Now, this is how you list a Barn Find! Our thanks to Gregg for listing his Durant with us and for providing so much information. Be sure to message him via the form below if you have any questions about the car and to make him an offer!

Do you have a highly original survivor that needs a new home, please consider listing it for sale here on Barn Finds!

  • Asking Price: $6,000
  • Location: Lodi, Wisconsin
  • Mileage: Shows 10,095 but cable is broken
  • Title Status: Clean
  • VIN: E-36242

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Comments

  1. Kenneth Carney

    Now there’s a blast from the past for you!
    Haven’t seen one of these in 50 years.
    The one I saw was cream with brown
    fenders. It also had the steel disc rims
    instead of the wooden wheels this car has. The old timers in my town told me
    that these cars were firetraps and frequently burned to the ground due to
    all the wood that was in them. One stray
    spark, they said, could turn the car into
    a rolling fireball. Other than that, they
    were solid reliable cars. This one looks
    pretty nice from what I’ve seen here. And
    the fact you could drive it is a big plus
    in my book. Good luck on the sale Gregg.
    At the price you set, someone will snag
    it.

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    • leiniedude Member

      Hey Kenneth, I hope you are doing well! I know Gregg and I know he does not speak with forked tounge. Gregg is a great guy and got his Dads rig running and took him for a ride in his old rig before he checked out. I might have said to much already, so I will stop here. Take care Kenneth, your buddy Mike.

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  2. Coventrycat

    That Weed tire bag really adds to this car’s attractiveness. I imagine accessories that age are pretty hard to find.

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  3. Ken Tilly

    Now, that’s a proper write up complete with plenty of pictures. Great car. Wasn’t it in the same family as the Rugby?

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    • On and On

      This is Gregg……aka On and On……….The Rugby was the name given to the Durant for exportation to South America and Australia.

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      • Ken Tilly

        Thank you Gregg. Also had them in South Africa

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      • Bill W

        In North America the Rugby was Durant Motors’ line of trucks in the 1920’s.

        The Rugby name was also used in the United Kingdom for the Star car (1921-1927). There was a Star in production in Britain at the time, thus the Rugby name. The British Star was also sold in South Africa, Australia and I think New Zealand, and thus Durant used the Rugby name in those countries.

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  4. Jack Quantrill

    Had a ‘26 Star tudor in the 60’s, but never got around to restore it. Sat in the side yard, and a passerby bought it. Ran, and had a spare Continental Red Seal engine. Sold for $500.

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  5. Mark

    Great car for a great price! Wonderful work.

  6. On and On

    This is Gregg the owner. Durant is still available. Have had several inquiries from interested parties. No serious offers as yet. Car must go, house is being sold. Looking for an honest offer on a running and driving car. Email is: durant28@yahoo.com. or cell # is 847-682-9133. Would love to see it go to an interested party. Next I may have to put it in Hemmings.

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