Knight in Shining Armor: Our 1923 Trek in a Model 1917 Willys Knight Touring Car

By: Taylor, Bess

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Book Condition: Near Fine

First edition. Signed and inscribed by author: May 1979 For Connie--A Wonderful ____ adventures--adventures with this Knight__. To my ADK Sister Love, Bess. Light water damage to rear jacket, half-inch tear along top edge of jacket front, jacket front faintly foxed. 75 pp. Willys-Knight is an automobile that was produced between 1914 and 1933 by the Willys-Overland Company of Toledo, Ohio. John North Willys purchased the Edwards Motor Car Company of Long Island, New York, in 1913, moving the operation to Elyria, Ohio, where Willys owned the plant that had previously manufactured the Garford automobile. Production began with a four-cylinder model which was priced in the $2,500 price range. The Willys-Knight employed a Knight sleeve valve engine, generally four- and six-cylinder models. In 1915, Willys moved assembly of the Willys-Knight to Toledo, Ohio, but continued manufacturing the engines in Elyria. Willys-Knight introduced a sleeve-valve V8 in 1917, which was sold until 1919. Willys-Knight enjoyed a production run average of 50,000 cars per year after 1922. Willys also purchased Stearns-Knight of Cleveland, Ohio, which also used a sleeve valve Knight Engine, making that marque the crown jewel in his growing automotive empire. Willys-Knight production ended in November 1932 (model year 1933) when the company, in receivership, stopped building higher priced cars, and instead focused on the manufacture of the inexpensive but durable Willys 77. Seven Willys-Knight vehicles including two large trucks and a touring car were used on the Martin and Osa Johnson photographic safari in the remotest areas of Africa.

Title: Knight in Shining Armor: Our 1923 Trek in a Model 1917 Willys Knight Touring Car

Author: Taylor, Bess

Categories: Biography, Signed, Adventure, Modern First Editions, Automotive,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Vantage Press: 1979

ISBN Number: 0533037131

ISBN Number 13: 9780533037131

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2267133