The Rugby Catalog

In 1923, when Durant Motors tried to export the Star car to markets outside of America and Canada, it ran into a problem. The Star name was already registered for use in the British Empire by a company in Wolverhampton, England. So the Rugby was born. Changes to the Star to become a Rugby were pretty much limited to the change of badge, and sometimes moving the steering wheel to the right side. Star cars continued to be sold for export under the Rugby name until production of Stars ceased in 1928.

In 1928, Durant Motors began selling Rugby trucks in the American and Canadian markets. These trucks were formerly part of the Durant line.

From 1928 on, the "export" Rugby was based on the Durant car line and the Rugby truck line.

The Rugby Catalog deals with the "export" Rugby line differently than the "domestic" Rugby truck line. As the export Rugbys were really just rebadged Star and Durant vehicles, I have developed a table of links to help match up Rugby vehicles with their base Star and Durant vehicle. The table is at the end of this page at The "Export" Rugby Line.

Rugby Trucks

L Express
1 ton truck

Fact sheet: 1928, 1929.

  S4 S-4
Light Delivery
Four-cylinder, ½ ton truck and convertible business roadster.

Fact sheets: 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931

T Fast Mail
1½ ton truck

Fact sheet: 1928, 1929.

X  
Four cylinder, 1 ton chassis available in a number of body styles..

Fact sheets: 1928, 1929.

 
401  
Four cylinder, 1 ton chassis available in a number of body styles..

Fact sheets: 1929, 1930.

406 4-06
Four-cylinder, 1 ton truck.

Fact sheet: 1931.

614  
The six cylinder 614 was sold with a panel body or as a simple chassis allowing the fitting of a custom body.

Fact sheets: 1930, 1931, 1932.

615  
Advertised in 1930 as a 1 ton truck and then in 1931 as a 1½ ton truck, the 615 was a shorter wheelbase version of the 616. Equipped with power take-offs on the transmission, the 615 could accommodate a variety of body styles and uses.

Fact sheets: 1930, 1931, 1932.

616  
The six cylinder, 1½ ton 616 was one of Rugby's largest trucks. With a wheelbase of 154 inches, helper springs and dual rear wheels, it was designed with large loads in mind.

Fact sheets: 1930, 1931, 1932.

The "Export" Rugby Line

Rugby model Rugby advertising name Base model Base model fact sheet
C   Star C 1923, 1924
D40   Durant 40 1929
D60   Durant 60 1929
F The New Rugby Star F 1924, 1925, 1926
L   Star L 1926, 1927, 1928
M The Improved Rugby Four Star M 1926, 1927, 1928
M2 Silent 4 Star M2 1928
M4   Durant M4 1929
R The Improved Rugby Six Star R 1926, 1927, 1928
407   Durant 407 1931

Do you have a Rugby model that does not fit in the table above? If so contact me.

References