The Charlie Thomas Collection | Lot 275
1925 Star Five-Passenger Sedan
$19,800 USD | Sold
| Grapevine, Texas
20 October 2012
Model F-25. 35 hp, 152 cu. in. side valve four-cylinder Continental engine, three-speed sliding gear transmission, rigid front axle and live rear with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and rear mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102 in.
After his forced departure from General Motors in 1920, William Durant introduced two distinct automobiles, one of which he humbly called the Durant. The more affordable line was named Star, and it was introduced in 1922 to compete with Ford’s Model T. It was lauded by the press as “a great deal of car for the money,” and the assembled car was more advanced than the venerable T, offering a three-speed transmission mated to a Continental engine. This Star is one of the rarest examples in the collection. It displays the graceful patina of an older restoration and is adorned by Smith headlamps and a Boyce motometer. The presentation of the body and engine bay are commensurate with the age of the restoration, yet the remarkable seat upholstery and headliner remain quite fresh with little wear. Built by Durant after his brief exile from GM, this Star is a special part of the legend he founded.