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The Rugby was a brand of automobiles assembled by the
Durant Motors Durant Motors Inc. was established in 1921 by former General Motors CEO William C. Durant, William "Billy" Durant following his termination by the GM board of directors and the New York bankers who financed GM. Corporate relationships Durant ...
Company of
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, New York (USA). Beside badges and right-hand drive for some models, the vehicle was identical to Durant's
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car, and was assigned to export markets by Durant Motors, due to the name Star being under copyright by the
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in the British
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.


History

The Rugby was built from 1923 based on the Star car and production ended in 1928 together with the Star. The Star name was changed to Durant and all 4-cylinder Durants exported carried the Rugby name until the end of the Durant line in Canada in 1932. Commercial cars were marketed based on the Rugby. Some Durant commercial vehicles were badged Rugby's and sold in the US for 1928. Commercial trucks from January 1928 were Rugby's to the end of production in 1933 at Dominion Motors in
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. The last remaining US plant in 1931 was
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which stopped in August 1931. Leaside became Canadian owned in January 1931, as Dominon Motors, Ltd. and they chose to continue the Durant into 1932 and Rugby into 1933. REO cars were also built there beginning in 1932. In August 1931, Dominion made the Canadian Frontenac car to the end of 1933. All production stopped in December 1933. The company charter was finally surrendered in 1944. Production of the Rugby occurred at the following plants: *
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(Star and Rugby) *
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(Star) *
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(Star and Rugby) * Leaside (Toronto), Canada (Star and Rugby)


External links


Homepage of the Durant Motors Automobile Club
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Rugby catalog
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Durant Cars


References

{{Durant_Motors Defunct motor vehicle manufacturers of the United States Defunct motor vehicle manufacturers of Canada Vehicle manufacturing companies established in 1924 Vehicle manufacturing companies disestablished in 1933 Durant Motors Vintage vehicles Pre-war vehicles 1920s cars 1930s cars Cars introduced in 1924