1901 Four-Wheel Duryea Phaeton Takes Meguiar’s Down Memory Lane

Aug 20, 2015

Horseless carriage owners began using Frank Meguiar’s Furniture Polish on America’s first cars in 1901. Now, 114 years later, a 1901 Duryea Phaeton owned by Frank Meguiar’s grandson and Meguiar’s President, Barry Meguiar, was displayed in the Veteran Class at the 65th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The newly-restored and freshly waxed 1901 Four-Wheel Duryea Phaeton is grounded in history, having been technologically advanced for its day with a 10 horsepower, a three-cylinder water-cooled engine, pneumatic tires and an inclined king pin.

Meguiar bought the car in 2012 at an RM Sotheby’s auction in Phoenix. He sent the car to USA World Classics in Vallejo, California for a complete ground up restoration that took two years.

“It was long on my bucket list to have a 1901 car in my collection to commemorate the year my granddad started Meguiar’s,” said Barry Meguiar. “It is an honor to be invited to display the car on the lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and I think he would be proud to see it celebrated.”

Known as America’s first car builder, the Duryea Motor Wagon Co. was founded in 1895 and won America’s first car race that same year. The company is best known for building the first successful gasoline powered automobile, accordion to Meguire’s.

Meguiar’s has long been the official car wax of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and sponsors the Preservation Award.