Manufacturer: Falcon Motor Corporation, Detroit, Michigan – U.S.A. / Willys-Overland Company, Toledo, Ohio – U.S.A.
Type: Model 12 Tourer
Engine: 2580cc straight-6 (Knight sleeve valve engine)
Power: 46 bhp / 2.800 rpm
Speed: 95 km/h
Production time: 1928 – 1929
Production outlet: 6,423
Curb weight: 1379 kg
– The Falcon-Knight cars were produced between 1927 and March 1929 after which the plant made truck parts. Willys-Overland (Ohio) was the owner, but Falcon-Knight was official headquartered in Detroit.
– The cars were built in Willys-Overlands former Garford Truck
plant at Elyria (Ohio)..
– The Knight in Falcon Knight refers to the sleeve-valve engine designed by Charles Yale Knight.
– This sleeve valve engine was patented by Knight and used twin alternating sliding sleeves.
– The higher oil consumption was heavily outweighed by the quietness of running and the very high mileages without servicing. Early poppet-valve systems required decarbonization at very low mileages.
– The ’28 engine was improved and had new Nelson invar-strut rods, 4-ring pistons and a Tillorson carburettor.
– The Falcon-Knight was intended to fit in pricewise between the Willys Whippet and larger Willys-Knight ranges.
– Badge engineering was alive and well. Except for the (less powerful) engine much of the car is actually the same as the Model 93A Whippet (this in turn was a facelift of the Willys Model 93 Overland 6), with many parts being interchangeable.
– The bonnet vents in this car there are three horizontal rows similar to that found on the Willys-Knight 66A.
– Model 12 has a ladder frame chassis equipped with all-round leaf-sprung suspension (the rear axle was now a banjo type) and four-wheel Bendix mechanical drum brakes (three-shoe internal type).
– It has a three-speed selective sliding gear transmission and rear wheel drive.
– They were available as Sedan, Coach (former Brougham model), Tourer/Touring, Coupé and Roadster.
– In 1928 Willys-Overland announced its new Willys-Knight Model 56, an almost identical car in the same price range as Model 12. No doubt, this had an immediate impact on Falcon-Knight sales, but production continued throughout 1928 (and some left-overs into early 1929.
– Most cars were exported to Scandinavia and Australasia.
– The Australia and New Zealand market was covered by local importers Eager & Son, based in Brisbane.
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