1930 Willys Knight Model 66B Plaidside Roadster

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  • Description

     In 1913, Willys-Overland was the second best selling car in the United States behind Ford. In the same year, John North Willys went on a trip to Europe where he met Charles Knight and discovered his newly designed sleeve valve engine. Willys was no engineer, but he was a great salesman. Seeing the novelty and uniqueness of the sleeve valve design he knew that it gave great marketing and sales possibilities even though it burned more oil than a traditional poppet valve engine. In 1914, the Willys-Knight was born and they produced more Knight sleeve valved engines than all other manufactures in the world combined at the time. Later on in the 1920's, the Willys-Knight was known as a middle range motorcar in the market, but that didn't stop Willys from making an upscale model. So in 1929, the Plaidside Roadster was introduced at the New York auto show and styled by automotive designer Amos Northup who was more well known for designing the Reo Royale. Northup gave the Plaidside its distinctive plaid design on its sides, so it was dubbed the "Plaidside." At the 1929 New York auto show it was voted as the best looking car of the year. Only 14 Plaidsides exist today according to the Willys Knight registry. 

     Offered here is a great barn find; an unrestored 1930 Willys-Knight Model 66B Plaidside Roadster. It's one of the original 14 Plaidside roadsters known to exist today and most likely the last Plaidside in unrestored condition. It is mostly complete including the original headlights which are in good condition, original radiator mascot, both front and rear bumpers and complete top assembly. The car being removed from the barn is also documented with a video (link below). This car was owned by the family for over 60 years! It may also be a pretty neat thing to put on display just as it is in "barn find" condition or would make a great car restored. Contact us today for more information.

Asking $36,500