<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C

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Single Ownership since 1946 - Two Owners From New, From the Roderick Rice Collection
1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five–Passenger Touring

Sold for US$ 170,500 inc. premium
Single Ownership since 1946 - Two Owners from New, From the Roderick Rice Collection
1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five–Passenger Touring
Chassis no. 26392
Engine no. 722-C

460ci Six-cylinder side-valve engine
48HP
Single-carburetor, dual-ignition and air-starter.
Three-speed progressive transmission
Two wheel mechanical brakes

*Magnificent motor car in stunning original condition
*One of the best-preserved cars we have ever offered
*Fully operational condition
*A welcome reservation class competitor


STEVENS-DURYEA

First generation Stevens-Duryea cars were produced between 1901 and 1906. Built on a 69-inch wheelbase, they were powered by a horizontally opposed two-cylinder engine originally rated at five horsepower. The cars featured an unusual mechanism that permitted the driver to start the engine while seated, instead of by direct cranking. Steering was by tiller. After 1903, a three-speed sliding gear transmission was used and the 1904 model, with its engine now rated at seven horsepower, boasted a new three-point engine mounting.

In 1905, Stevens-Duryea produced its first four-cylinder; a huge six-cylinder model, priced at $5,000, followed in 1906. That same year, Stevens-Duryea became a separate company from J. Stevens. During the years that followed, Stevens-Duryea cars became increasingly impressive and expensive. Then, in 1915, the Westinghouse Corp. bought the company, using the factory to produce war material. After the Armistice, a group of former executives bought Stevens-Duryea and resumed car production. The new six-cylinder models that they offered were priced as high as $9,500...right up there with Pierce-Arrow's most expensive cars. The company would be sold again at least twice before the final Stevens-Duryea was built in 1927.

In 1913 Stevens Duryea introduced the C6. A modern motorcar that built on the superb six-cylinder chassis. Extremely well engineered this models were competitive with Packard and Pierce Arrows 48hp offerings.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This truly remarkable machine has survived in a state of preservation that needs to be seen first-hand to truly appreciate. It's a rare occurrence to come across a motor car of the stature and quality of this Stevens Duryea that has escaped the restorers hand in all these years. This car is one of the best-preserved cars of its era we have ever had the pleasure of offering.

The story of this amazing motorcar begins when it was delivered to its first owner in Rutland Vermont in 1913. The owner fortunate enough to afford a pair of Stevens Duryeas obviously kept his cars in superb condition till finally selling it on to Roderick Rice in 1946. Mr. Rice acquired both Stevens-Duryea cars for the princely sum of $500. Shortly after the acquisition the other Stevens was sold to Frank Duryea for $500 making Mr. Rice the owner of a free Stevens Duryea.

Rodderick Rice proved the ideal caretaker for this special machine. His pride and joy was kept in superb working order and no cosmetic restorations were performed. Despite the condition Mr. Rice was not afraid of using the car. The extensive archives and records for the car show all sorts of road trips including climbing the arduous Smugglers Notch n Stowe Vermont.

Mr. Rice kept thorough records and the ample history file details many of the adventures this Stevens has been taken on during his seventy years of ownership. As one might expect the original handbook and sales literature are also present in the files. A mechanic at heart Mr. Rice's main interest was keeping this and his other antiques in superb working order. His skill is on display in all four motorcars in his collection but especially on this one. To listen to this car is to hear one of the smoothest and most silent motorcars of its era.

It is quite apparent that the Stephens always had fine indoor storage. The car has been garage kept from new and never was a neglected car. When recently driven by a Bonhams specialist experienced in Stephens Duryea cars it was described as driving like a brand-new car. The feel of the car is so different from other restored cars that is like a totally different car. One immediately realizes how special this car is when selecting a gear. The lever slides like the handle of a bank vault with no play and complete smoothness. The engine is whisper silent with excellent response and power. The steering is precious and sooth and the chassis rides the bumps in complete silence. When properly primed, the car starts repeatedly on its ignition trembler only. If the engine does need to be spun over for starting a fully functional air starting system is present. This seldom seen devise starts the engine silently and effortlessly. There truly is no experience like driving a low mileage all original fine motorcar.

When the condition of this car is carefully surveyed one cannot help but be amazed. The original leather covers still adorn all four door handles, the top is tight as a drum and likely never been folded, the upholstery's workmanship, details and preservation is remarkable everywhere you look there is something amazing. The dashboard shows all the original instruments with no extra holes drilled or gauges added. The original flooring is all still in wonderful condition. Under the hood the engine compartment is unmolested and to full factory delivered specification. Careful inspection of the paint shows the incredibly this original striping over what appears to be a very dark green paint. The original protective varnish has alligatored to a pleasing patina.

A truly superb motorcar in all respects, a flagship model of one of the finest brands of its day, low mileage, wonderful running and driving and in a state of preservation that is jaw dropping. This Stevens Duryea is a once in a generation opportunity to acquire a magnificent piece of American motoring history. In addition to the tremendous pleasure it will give its next owner it should prove a most welcome competitor at the most exclusive international Concours dDelegance.

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<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
<b>1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 Five&#8211;Passenger Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 26392<br />Engine no. 722-C
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