1930 Willys-Knight Great Six Plaid-Side RoadsterSOLD

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction on March 9, 2012. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960. Engine Specifications: 255 CID Inline 6-Cylinder Sleeve-Valve Engine 82 HP 3-Speed Manual Transmission 4-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes Front and Rear Semi-Elliptical Leaf-Spring Suspension About this Car: The Willys-Knight Great Six was an instant sensation when it debuted in 1929 at the New York Auto Show. Industrialist John North Willys had commissioned Amos Northrup to create a distinctive, upscale vehicle and Northrup responded with the Plaid-Side Roadster and its phaeton and coupe sister cars. The sweeping lines, contrasting colors, proportionately shaped panels and unique plaid-pattern body sides of the striking motorcar were a styling triumph. The car also featured a sleeve-valve engine constructed by Charles Y. Knight, which used sliding sleeves to control intake and exhaust gases ? an expensive technological advancement for the time. Powerful, quiet and durable, it was advertised as ?the engine you?ll never wear out.? In all, the Willys-Knight Great Six Roadster was a blend of style and engineering that made it a highly desirable car. With its exceptional plaid-side design, the Willys-Knight Great Six Roadster is truly eye- catching. Although its early history remains unknown, the car is believed to have been owned for many years by Movieland Studio Rentals. In 1986, the car was sold to noted antique automobile collector Philip Wichard of Great Neck, New York. Although the car was complete, it required total restoration to bring out its beauty, prompting Mr. Wichard to commission Fountain Inn Coachworks to carry out the detailed work. To bring the car back to its former glory, Fountain Inn Coachworks attended to both the mechanical and cosmetic aspects of the car. With particular attention to the scalloped rear deck and the striping on the side panels, the body was thoroughly reconditioned. The engine and engine bay were restored and the interior and exterior details were meticulously addressed. Especially noteworthy are the dashboard and the radiator mascot, both inspired by the art deco movement. The car was finished in black with green fenders and the correct plaid striping, all of which were complemented by an attractive green interior. Optional stainless-steel spoked wire wheels and dual spotlights provide tasteful touches. Mr. Wichard retained the charming Plaid-Side Roadster in his impressive collection, proudly displayed amongst other wonderful pre-war automobiles until his collection was sold in 1995 by Christie?s. The striking roadster was purchased by a collector in the UK where it remained until 2007. The next caretaker was an enthusiast in the Midwest area who took great care of the car while it was in his possession. The current condition of the roadster is nothing short of breathtaking, as evidenced by an array of honors it has received: five AACA awards, three CCCA prizes including the Presidential Trophy and a variety of other high-level accolades. Accompanying the sale of this car are operations and parts manuals, as well as some period sales literature. Very few plaid-side roadsters were produced and fewer still have survived. This outstanding example is worthy of both tour and show, and is sure to attract attention from the most discerning of enthusiasts.

Reference Number 164087

as of 3/13/2012

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Car 1930 Willys-Knight Great Six Plaid-Side Roadster
VIN 66B46319 
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Known History

Formerly the Property of Philip Wichard