1928 Willys-Knight Model 70A Weymann Saloon
Reg. no. UO 6985
Chassis no. 62164
Engine no. 66419
John Willys took over Overland in 1908, and within two years the inexpensive cars were selling at a rate only exceeded by the Ford Model T. In 1912, Willys decided to try to move upmarket and the result, in 1914 was the introduction of Knight-patent sleeve-valve engines. These engines had found favour in Europe with such names as Daimler, Minerva and Panhard-Levassor, as they were much smoother and quieter than conventional engines of the period. The new Willys-Knights were a great success and from 1922, sales figures were around 50,000 per year. Production ended in 1932 when Willys decided to revert to specialising in low-cost cars.
From 1919 until 1934, Willys vehicles were built in Stockport by the Willys-Overland-Crossley company – as the name suggests, a cooperation between the American company and the British Crossley. Crossley-built Willys-Knights contained many UK-built components and different bodies. This car is one such example, its Weymann body being unique to the UK. The 3-litre sleeve-valve straight-6 produces 53bhp. Restored in the 1990s and used mainly for show use since, it remains in excellent condition. Purchased by the vendor earlier this year, it is now regretfully for sale due to imminent loss of storage. It comes with a history file with photos of the restoration, and a V5c.
This and 75 other cars will be sold by auction on October 28th at Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 6LJ