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It's a real odd bird. A streamlined, alloy(!) bodied threewheeler built in Germany in the early twenties. They used aircooled 1 cylinder engines (300 or 500 cc) with chain drive to the rear wheel. Not much more to tell about it, except that they claimed the same as Renault with their Sport Spider over 70 years later: full weatherprotection without a windscreen..! Well this will be all. We wish you a wonderfull weekend of research.
Do you want to have a fair chance of winning the infamous PreWarCar T-shirt, then please first read The Rules under Read More and than post under 'Comments' the Year, the Marque, the Type and possibly other details about the car depicted while using no more than 100 words. All (trivial) information which is not readily available on the web is highly valued. Results published next Saturday, 1 March
H&H, who will offer this 1928 Falcon-Knight Model 12 Tourer during their next auction on February 26, give an estimate of 10.000-12.000 pounds (17.000-20.000 US dollar / 12.000-14.500 euro). However, we think a nice example like this one could (no, should!) fetch more than that. Never heard of the Falcon-Knight? Don't be embarrassed.
It is indeed a make that was only produced during a few years (1927 to 1929) by Willys and was an intermediate between the Whippet and the Willys-Knight. Only a little more than 10.000 were sold. Many were exported, like this particular model with Right Hand Drive that was sold in Australia and given a body by Holden. Having been in the same family for its first sixty years, it has wonderful patinated paintwork. As very few Falcon-Knights remain and even less come on the market, (only two others were ever advertised on PreWarCar) we expect this oily-rag competitor to go way past its estimate. Will we be proven right? Let's make this a small contest... why don't you tell us your estimate for this Falcon-Knight. The one that comes closest to the hammer price will receive the PreWar dashboard plate. Your estimates will be published after auction.
(Photos courtesy H&H)
Update: Well, according to our readers this Falcon should be worth somewhere between 8,000 and 41,600 pounds. A fairly wide range indeed. But truth be told, the estimate of H&H was very realistic, in auction the Falcon fetched 12,320 pounds. That means that Mike Costigan is the winner of this contest with his estimate of 12,500 pounds. Well done Mike! Send us your mail address and you'll receive the PreWar dashboard plate asap.
As you know we encourage to get the youngsters on board of your car. That's the way to keep the tradition and hobby alive. Here we have a fine example of a father who did so 6 decades back! The youngster at the wheel - Gary Cornillaud - is still driving the Gray Dort.
Gary reports: "This 1917 Gray Dort, manufactured in Chatham, Ontario was purchased by my father in 1953 and restored in time for participation at the 1954 Old Car Festival. I am sitting in the car in the BW photo at that event. It has remained in the family (see it in current condition) and is driven on a regular basis in warm weather. It can be seen at the Greenfield Village Old Car Festival on the first weekend after labor day at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI."
Let us know when your parents encouraged you to take the wheel of the old family car and when you still own it.
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