1925 Star Sedan SOLD
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Estimate: $15,000-$20,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

$7,975 Sold

Specifications: F-25. 35hp, 152 cu. in. side valve four-cylinder Continental engine, three-speed sliding gear transmission, rigid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, rear mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102"

Star was another brainchild of the fertile mind of auto magnate William C. Durant. After departing General Motors in 1920, Durant set about introducing two distinct automobiles, one of which he named after himself. The more affordable line was named Star and 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, although its specifications were hardly leading edge, the assembled car was more advanced than the venerable T, offering a three-speed transmission mated to a Continental engine.

The Star F-25 presented here was acquired by Mr. Wiseman in 1999 and probably resided in Oklahoma since 1969, first with C.H. Fickett and then with Charles Elliott. It has benefited from an older body-off restoration and is reportedly the most complete of its kind. The age of the restoration is visible upon closer inspection of the blue and black paint and, despite minor indications of cracking and shrinkage, its finish is still very presentable. The limited brightwork on the car was nicely restored and is generally free of imperfections, as is the black vinyl top, which was properly installed and finished. Wood spoke wheels complement the body quite nicely and were sanded and varnished to a respectable and presentable shine. The blue and gray cloth upholstery of the interior, which covers the seats, door panels, and headliner, does not appear to be worn or damaged. The wooden steering wheel was refinished some time ago but has maintained its appearance nicely. As for the refinished black undercarriage, engine bay, and green engine block, their condition is consistent with an older restoration and, while not perfectly detailed, are generally quite clean and of very respectable driver quality.

With over 100,000 examples sold in the first year alone, Billy Durant ’ s Star was an immediate success.

Unfortunately, the stock market crash and the resultant demise of Durant ’ s empire, coupled with the Model T ’ s competitive price, all conspired to spell the end for the short-lived company. At present, Stars are not particularly abundant on the collector car marketplace, rendering this example an attractive and nicely restored driver.

Reference Number 14915

as of 11/3/2007

Car 1925 Star Sedan
VIN L312233 
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