1904 Knox 16/18hp "Touraine" 4-Passenger Stanhope  Chassis no. 2369
Lot 537
1904 Knox 16/18hp "Touraine" 4-Passenger Stanhope
Chassis no. 2369
Sold for US$ 143,000 inc. premium
Lot Details
1904 Knox 16/18hp "Touraine" 4-Passenger Stanhope
Chassis no. 2369
275ci Air-Cooled Opposed 2-cylinder Engine
Single Knox carburetor
16bhp
2-Speed Manual Planetary Transmission
Front and Rear Leaf Spring Suspension
Rear Mechanical Brakes

*An impressive and imposing American "Brighton" car with a proven track record
*Four seats and a proper top
*Well sorted out and maintained – ready to use condition
*VCC dated


The Knox Twin

Knox automobiles were built in Springfield, Massachusetts from 1900 to 1914. The Knox 2-cylinder air-cooled engine had a rather massive 275 cubic-inch displacement and cylinder barrels were studded with 2-inch pins for cooling. The resulting prickly appearance caused some Knox owners to favor the nickname "Old Porcupine" for their cars. The engine was mounted midship in the chassis and was connected to a 2-speed manual planetary transmission, driving the rear wheels through chains. A tiller provided steering from the car's left-side driving position.

Two-cylinder styles for 1904 included the "Tuxedo" touring car, "Tudor" surrey and the "Touraine" stanhope or runabout, as offered here. The Touraine stanhope featured a flat rear deck, suitable for carrying luggage and spares, while Tuxedo and Tudor models had a large rear seat mounted in that area. Seating for two auxiliary passengers was provided on all models and was neatly concealed when not needed in the forward body structure.

The Knox was a relatively large and moderately expensive car in its time. The 1904 Touraine stanhope spanned an 84-inch wheelbase and sold new for $2000. By way of comparison, a contemporary single-cylinder (98cid) Model B Cadillac runabout had a 76-inch wheelbase and listed for $80 and the engine was rated at half the power. A Knox entry in the 1906 Glidden Tour finished the endurance run with a perfect score, contributing to the car's reputation for durability.

The Motorcar Offered

This car was obtained, in unrestored condition, from Canada. Following discover, a thorough restoration was performed. Paint and upholstery were redone in 2000. The restored top assembly was installed at that time.

Mechanically the car is remarkably complete down to its scarce original Knox carburetor. The car been demonstrated to be a reliable runner over the years and with its huge twin cylinder engine a strong performer. On a demonstration run, Bonhams staff witnessed the hill climbing power of the Knox as it seemed to maintain exactly the same speed on flats and inclines – not something one often experiences in cars of this era.

A recently found original Knox side entrance "Roi des Bleges" body is included with the car. This exciting find opens up the possibility of making the Knox a four- or even five-seater with original factory coachwork.

Having been in the same ownership for the last decade, the Knox has seen a good number of road miles in the US. In 2006 it travelled to the UK and completed the London to Brighton run and was featured in the Regent Street Concours. The car was officially dated 1904 by the VCC and bears its brass dating plaque. It should be regarded as one of the more potent, reliable and most notably substantial American cars one can use to participate in the run.

Recently the car has been exhibited at the new Springfield Museum of History in Springfield, MA where it has been the representative exhibit for Knox cars for the last few years.

Now nearly 110 years old, the 1904 Knox is of sufficient vintage to participate in some of the most prestigious veteran car rallies and activities worldwide. It presents an uncommon opportunity to enjoy ownership of one of the more interesting and substantial historic early automobiles built in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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