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Lot 139

2020   |   Scottsdale 2020

1910 Knox Type O 5-Passenger Touring

SOLD $212,800

Estimate

$175,000 - $225,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

CA972059

Car Highlights

Offered from a Significant Southern California Collection
A Rare and Powerful Four-Cylinder Touring Car
Shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® in 2011
Recent Engine Rebuild by Specialist Robin Onsein at Early Motors
A High-Quality Open Tourer for Brass Era Tours and Shows

Technical Specs

373 CID OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Stromberg Updraft Carburetor
45 HP
3-Speed Manual Gearbox
Rear Mechanical Drum Brakes
Front Solid Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that this vehicle is titled 1909.

Register to Bid

Harry Knox and his business partner, E.H. Cutler, founded Knox Motorcar Company, introducing their first model, an air-cooled three-wheel runabout, in 1900. A four-wheeled, two-cylinder model would follow in 1902. Still air-cooled, the cars were marketed as “The Waterless Knox,” while the hundreds of spikes protruding from the cylinder heads earned the engine the nickname “Old Porcupine.”

Harry Knox left the company in 1904, but progress would continue, and in 1908, a four-cylinder water-cooled model was offered. Featuring a 5" cylinder bore and 4 3/4" stroke, the engine in the Knox revved much more freely than the longer-stroke designs of the period. The car was rated at a taxable 40 hp, but was much stronger in practice, and featured shaft drive for smooth operation and low maintenance. Pricing was $2,900 to $6,000 depending on selected coachwork.

This 1910 Knox was the subject of a beautiful restoration by Dave Lewis of Springfield, Illinois, which was finished in 2011. Shortly thereafter, the Knox was displayed at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, where it was admired for its rarity and the quality of its presentation. Fitted with gorgeous Rushmore Searchlight headlamps and matching acetylene generator, the Knox is finished in stunning red over tufted tan leather upholstery. The recent recipient of an engine rebuild from the renowned Robin Onsein, this handsome Brass Era tourer stands ready to be enjoyed by its next caretaker.