Model Year: 1932
Location of Manufacture: Leaside, Ontario
Created by William C. Durant, the founder of General Motors and Chevrolet, the Durant Motor Company was incorporated in New York in January, 1921. During that year, Durant acquired factories in five American states and one in Canada. By September of 1921, the Durant Motors of Canada plant was operating in Leaside, Ontario. Its first car was completed in March 1922.
Due in part to its rapid expansion and in part to the uncertain economic times, Durant Motors soon began to experience financial difficulties. The Michigan factory closed in 1926 and a one year hiatus was imposed on car production. The market crash of 1929 and the Depression which followed resulted in the closing of the California plant in 1930. The formal dissolution of Durant Motors of Canada followed in May 1933.
The Leaside factory had been taken over in March 1931 by a group of Canadian investors led by Roy Kerby, a former general manager at Durant Motors. The company was renamed Dominion Motors Ltd. The models initially produced by Dominion Motors were based on Durant cars, but with the bankruptcy of Durant Motors in January of 1932, Dominion Motors had to find a new source for model designs. They turned to De Vaux Motors of Grand Rapids, Michigan. De Vaux itself was taken over in 1932 by the Continental Motors Company, and Dominion Motors began producing cars based on Continental vehicles. Within two years, Continental had switched from producing cars to building engines, and the Durant and Frontenac lines were gone.
The Frontenac model, which was built and sold only in Canada, was introduced in 1931. Production on the Frontenac ended in December 1933.