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Willys Knight 88-8?

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How many of these exist? Anyone have one? The “lost cars” thread made me think of these.

 

Talking about the WK 88-8 V8 sleeve valve engine.

 

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Benefits of AACA Membership.

For almost any car, no one really knows how many 

remain.  Marque clubs often track the number of a certain

year, make, model, and body style owned by members,

but cars always exist outside of the club's count.  

 

And state registrations, which some claim to track,

are incomplete as well.  Pennsylvania, for instance,

knows only that there are twelve (suppose) 1924 Chryslers

registered in the state.  They don't track the model or

body style, and they don't have record of unregistered

cars that may be stashed away in garages or junkyards.

 

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13 hours ago, John_S_in_Penna said:

For almost any car, no one really knows how many 

remain.  Marque clubs often track the number of a certain

year and make owned by members, but cars always

exist outside of the club's count.  

 

And state registrations, which some claim to track,

are incomplete as well.  Pennsylvania, for instance,

knows only that there are twelve (suppose) 1924 Chryslers

registered in the state.  They don't track make or

body style, and they don't have record of unregistered

cars that may be stashed away in garages or junkyards.

This is spot on.  This is easier with lower production cars though it is very hard and takes a huge amount of effort.  For example, with the Cole Motor Car company a registry was started in the 70's and then a formal club, the Cole Motor Car Club of America, was formed in 1980.  The club was very active until 2009 when it dissolved.  In 2009 they had tracked down 75 Coles that were still known to exist out of the approximate 41,000 that were produced.  Early last year I met the leader of the Cole club from 1980-2009 and I resurrected the Cole registry in October of 2018.  Through the capabilities of the internet and social media we have found two additional Coles and are now at 77.  I am sure that we will find more as well and then there are some that will never be 'known'.  We have also lost about 35% of the cars that were on that known registry of 75.  

 

With the states, so many cars have wrong years, wrong or missing body types, and sometimes even the wrong make!

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So, what is an 88-8?   I didn't think WK made a straight eight.  Thought just Stearns and Minerva did.

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We have also lost about 35% of the cars that were on that known registry of 75.  

Previous owners sold cars or previous owners are missing or dead.

410 is 1%, 77 is .187%, wow

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I am amazed at the total number of Cole automobiles that do exist. This is great! Some independent makes of cars that discontinued production prior to WWII have always had a loyal following , by people that bought them new and kept and preserved them or "collectors" who may have appreciated the styling or mechanical aspect. This is especially evident with Pierce Arrow and Franklin owners . It is a joy to see that owners and people that appreciate the Cole cars are persisting to make that car more known to all of us, and share how great they must have been and in fact still are. Thanks to all for your ongoing efforts. The information that we can all read here is great.

Must add that the efforts of owners Knight engined vehicles also share a great enthusiasm, the WOKR has flown the flag for those cars for decades.

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What is the point of the home improvement project? Am I missing something?

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1 hour ago, alsancle said:

So, what is an 88-8?   I didn't think WK made a straight eight.  Thought just Stearns and Minerva did.

 

Hey Al,

 

V8, made 1918-1919 IIRC.

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3 minutes ago, Curti said:

What is the point of the home improvement project? Am I missing something?

 

Me either but the stonework is looking good :P

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Ah, thanks :) I may be purchasing a WK for a first project car - it’s a 23/24

model 64 IIRC.. originally thought it was a 65 but nope, got told wrong. All good.

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According to the club, they made 901 8-80’s. How many survive? Probably less than 15 would be my guess. 

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If I get the above mentioned car, finding an 8cyl would certainly be a nice car to have in the shed with it.. :)

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