Continental Motors Discuss 1933-34 Continental Motors Registry in the DOMESTIC MAKES & MODELS forums; In 1932 the troubled DeVaux Company ceased production owing the Continental Motors Company $500,000 for engines for the cars they produced. Continental forgave half the debt, kicked in $40,000 and ...
1933-34 Continental Motors Registry
In 1932 the troubled DeVaux Company ceased production owing the Continental Motors Company $500,000 for engines for the cars they produced. Continental forgave half the debt, kicked in $40,000 and purchased the assets of DeVaux, which consisted of a plant and a bunch of Hayes buck-built bodies. These would be built as Continental/Devaux. There were 1,428 made.
As they were building out the remaining bodies Continental hired a European designer to come up with an innovative all-steel body to be made by Hayes. The steel structure allowed for suicide doors, allowing better ingress and egress from these tiny cars.
There were three models in 1933, a 101" wheelbase "Beacon", a 107" Flyer and their luxury model, the Ace. They were fitted, respectively, with 45, 65 and 85hp Continental "Red Seal" engines, Budd suspensions and other parts common to the boutique assemblers that used Continental engines.
There were 4,091 Beacons, 1,745 Flyers and 650 Ace models made for 1933. The Flyer and the Ace were discontinued for 1933 leaving a face-lifted Beacon for 1934 with the name "Red Seal" to take its place. I do not know how many were made before the board of directors pulled the plug on the venture that nearly broke the company. Continental went back to their roots producing automotive, industrial and aircraft engines.
In 1978 George Farris started a Registry of Continentals, which is now outdated. If you know what happened to any of these cars, please direct the owners here. My serial number is 1286, the 285th Flyer built.
I own the car formerly listed as the Alfred Stremple car. Alfred bout the car in 1966 from its original owner who put 33,000 miles on it. Al put another 17,000 miles on it over the next 44 years leaving me at the third owner of this simply elegant car.
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