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The Edwards Motor Car Company
New York, NY

The Edwards-Knight was announced in February 1912 when C. G. Stoddard and H. J. Edwards withdrew from the United States Motor Co. of Dayton, Ohio.

C. G. Stoddard and H. J. Edwards then formed The Edwards Motor Car Company in New York, NY and produced the Edward-Knight up to 1914.

The Edwards Motor Car Company then secured from Knight & Kilbourne the last American license to build American Automobiles under the Knight engine patent.

1912 Edwards Knight Runabout
1912 Edwards Knight Runabout

Shown above is the 1912 Edward Knight Runabout equipped with a 25 horsepower four cylinder Knight engine. Bore on this engine was 4 inches and it had a 5.5 inch stroke. Edward-Knight Runabout features included a 120 inch wheelbase, worm drive, 36 inch x 4.5 inch wire wheels and tires. The 1912 Edwards-Knight Roadster provided comfortable accommodations for two passengers. The body was painted dark blue with black molding and a fine hair line striping of lighter blue. Interior was black leather and black and nickel mounting hardware.

1913 Edwards Knight Touring Car
1913 Edwards Knight Touring Car

"A New Car For 1913" claimed the above Edwards Knight advertisement. The Edwards-Knight engines were silent, flexible, powerful and economical. Features included the Knight four cylinder engine, shaft drive with worm gear, electric starting, lighting devices, wire wheels, cantilever springs and a three speed transmission.

Five different model of the Edwards-Knight were made in 1913. They included a $3,500.00 Touring Car, Four passenger Torpedo, Roadster, Speedster and a $4,600.00 Limousine. Each car was fully equipped and "Up To The Minute".

1912 Edwards Knight Four Cylinder Engine and Chassis
1912 Edwards Knight Four Cylinder Engine and Chassis

Charles Yale Knight was the inventor of the sleeve-valve motor used in the Edwards-Knight. Charles Knight had no formal training as an engineer yet he liked to tinker with engines. Especially on the 1901 Knox he owned. So Knight invented a alternative to the noisy poppet-valve engine used in most four cycle engines in the early 1900s. In 1904 Knight came out with the Silent Knight engine shown below.

1912 Edward Knight Engine
1912 Edward Knight Engine

1912 Edward Knight Engine

In November of 1913 John N. Willys president of the Willys Overland Co. purchased plant, rights, and equipment of The Edwards Motor Car Company. By 1914 this American Automobile was called the Willys-Knight and production was done in the old Garford plant in Elyria, Ohio.

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