1901 Duryea Four-Wheel Phaeton - Owned by Barry Meguiar, President of Meguiar's car care products and host of the TV show Car Crazy - Features a 10 horsepower, a three-cylinder water-cooled engine, pneumatic tires and an inclined king pin - Made in Reading, PA - Meguiar bought the car in 2012 at an RM Sotheby’s auction in Phoenix - Complete ground up restoration, that took two years, by USA World Classics in Vallejo, California.
“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, Meguiar’s President, at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, “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”.
HISTORY Surrounded by horseless carriage manufacturers in Indiana in 1901, raving fans began using Frank Meguiar’s furniture polish on America’s first cars and prompted what we now know as Meguiar’s Car Wax.
In 1913, Frank moved his family business to Southern California where America’s top coach builders made their home and the Car Hobby burst onto the scene when our GIs returned home from WWII.
Barry Meguiar, President of Meguiar’s and Frank’s grandson, claims he was born with a “Car Crazy” gene…having literally grown up with the Car Hobby. Meguiar’s has long been the Official Car Wax of the Pebble Beach Concours and each year sponsors the prestigious Preservation Award.
Known as America’s first car builder, the Duryea Motor Wagon Company was founded in1895 and won America’s first car race that same year. It was, therefore, fitting that the oldest car on display at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was the 1901 Duryea Phaeton owned by Barry and Karen Meguiar…in celebration of Meguiar’s passion for making great cars look show car perfect since 1901.