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Willys 65-Knight (1925)


Willys 65-Knight (1925)

Willys prided themselves on building quality cars, and it was this, plus a number of special design points, which made the company's 65-Knight a great seller in the 1920s. Whereas engines had been rough and noisy up until this point in the majority of machines, Willys added internal balancing which comprised two extra cylinders rotating in the opposite direction to the main engine. Also, it used sleeve valves which improved the seal of the combustion as carbon built up inside the engine, thus giving the car more power as it used it, which independent testing endorsed. It also produced plenty of torque which meant the drive could get away with the minimum gear changes for an almost effortless drive. The sedan was one of few hardtops built at the time, and it maximized internal space, plus had 'suicide' style opening rear doors to ease passenger entry.

Willys 65-Knight (1925) Specifications

Top speed:60 mph (96 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):31.0 sec
Engine type:In-line four
Displacement:186 ci (3,047 cc)
Transmission:3-speed manual
Max power:40 bhp (30 kW) @ 2,600 rpm
Max torque:N/A
Weight:3,060 lb (1,390 kg)
Economy:16 mpg (5.6 km/I)
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