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Title Knox Automobile
Catalog Number CVHM-84.2
Description Description: Three wheel automobile made by Knox Automobile Company, 1901. Originally owned by Everett Barney of Springfield.

Crank removed from car for safekeeping and located on shelf 44 D in attic storage. Crank is labeled 84.2A.

In addition to the crank, the chain from this vehicle was removed on 3/15/2010 and placed on shelf 44D. Placed in a plastic bag labeled 84.2B.

(Note: Guy McLain states date on this vehicle is 1899 not 1901 as curatorial files note. Before record is changed in PP, documentation is required validating new date for the curatorial files).

This 1899 Knox was custom built for Everett H. Barney, Springfield philanthropist and co-founder of the Barney & Berry skate company. It has a one-cylinder, air-cooled engine and is a three-wheeler. Steering is done by tiller, and the brake is applied directly onto the drive shaft. A crank applied on the side would start the vehicle, and once running, you could expect to travel no faster than thirty miles per hour. The gas tank, filled, would hold six gallons. Purchase price at the time, depending on finishes, ran between $750 - $1,200.

(pmj, 8/18/2015)


















Artist Knox Automobile CO., Springfield, MA
Object Name Automobile
Date 1899
Dimensions H-60 W-60 L-96 inches
Credit line Found in Collections
Museum Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History
On Exhibit Yes, Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History