J. Frank Duryea built America's first gasoline engine automobiles with his brother Charles in Springfield, Massachusetts. By 1895, the brothers parted ways and started their own automobile companies.
J. Frank Duryea next teamed with the Steven Arms and Tool Company to build his own automobile and by 1896 the company was already producing and selling automobiles. The company was renamed Stevens-Duryea in 1901 and by 1910 had produced and sold over 2,000 automobiles.
This rare 1913 Model C Stevens Duryea is powered by a large, six cylinder engine with a factory rating of 48 horsepower. It rides on a 131-inch wheelbase chassis and is equipped with a three-speed transmission and rear wheel brakes. Stevens-Duryea's offering for 1913 included a variety of body styles with prices ranging from $4,550 to $5,800 and it was the first year that the company supplied all of its vehicles with electric lights and horns.
This example is one of ten 1913 Model C Stevens-Duryea's known to exist.
In 2008 this 1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C Five-Passenger Touring Car was brought to RM Auctions' Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook. It was estimated to sell for $190,000-$240,000. Bidding surpassed the estimated value, settling at $330,000 including buyer's premium.
In 2010, the car returned to auction, again at RM's Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook sale where it was estimated to sell for $225,000 - $325,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $220,000 including buyer's premium.Also photographed at :