Knox Automobile Company
|Headquarters||Springfield, Massachusetts, United States|
The Knox Automobile Company was established in 1900 and built 15 cars their first year.
The 1904 Knox was a runabout model. The angle iron-framed car weighed 1850 lb (839 kg) and used side springs. It could seat 2 passengers.
3 or 4 wheels
Back seat driver
In some models, passengers rode up front over the front axle while the driver and another passenger sat in the back over the engine.
The "Old Porcupine" engine
The flat-mounted air-cooled single-cylinder engine (which led to it sometimes being referred to as "Old Porcupine", due to the numerous projections on the cylinder cases) was situated at the center of the car and produced 8 hp (6 kW). This engine was also called a "hedgehog". A 2-speed planetary transmission was fitted.
The "Knoxmobile" sold for US$1350. By contrast, the Ford Model F was US$2000, the FAL US$1750, the Cole 30 and Colt Runabout each US$1500, the Oakland 40 US$1600, and the Enger 40 US$2000, while the high-volume Oldsmobile Runabout ran US$650, Western's Gale Model A US$500 and the Brush Runabout was US$485.
- 100 Years of the American Auto Millennium Edition, page 24, Copyright 1999 Publications International, Ltd.
- Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925 (New York: Bonanza Books, 1950), p.170-1.
- 100 Years of the American Auto Millennium Edition, page 19, Copyright 1999 Publications International, Ltd.
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- Clymer, p.51.
- Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925. New York: Bonanza Books, 1950.
- Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly (January, 1904)
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