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  • The Knox was air-cooled, which explains the ad slogan, “The Car That Never Drinks.”
  • The wicker baskets were designed to carry golf clubs and picnic supplies.
  • Bill Harrah drove this car in the “London to Brighton Run” in England in 1962, which celebrated of the “Locomotives on the Highway Act” of 1896.

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Harry A. Knox, founder of the Knox Automobile Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, began producing motor cars in 1900.  The first cars had 1-cylinder engines and three wheels.  In 1902, 2-cylinder engines and four-wheels were offered, and all cars used air-cooled engines.  But, unlike most air-cooled engines that relied on fins around the cylinders to dissipate heat, the Knox had 1,750 two-inch-long pins screwed into the outside of the cylinder walls – a design sometimes referred to as “the hedgehog effect.” The Knox cars were nicknamed “Old Porcupine” because of this design.

In 1908, Knox offered both water- and air-cooled engines and by 1910, water cooling was used exclusively.  The Knox cars kept growing larger and increasingly expensive until, in 1915, production of the Knox ceased. This Knox features wicker baskets for golf clubs and picnic supplies and was a perfect car for a day in the country.

Bill Harrah drove this car on the “London to Brighton Run” in England in 1962. The run first took place in 1896 to celebrate passing into law of the “Locomotives on the Highway Act” which raised the speed limit from 4 to 14 mph and abolished the requirement for the car to be preceded by a man on foot. Cars of 1904 and earlier are eligible to participate in the run that was revived in 1927 and has taken place in most years since. 

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