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Stearns Knight 1916 ( Silent Knight)

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Album name:frank / Threaded Hubcap Photos and Information
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Date added:Aug 17, 2007
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Frank   [Aug 17, 2007 at 01:38 PM]
The sleeve valve principle was invented in 1903 by the American inventor Charles Yale Knight. Although he was initially unable to sell his Knight Engine in the US, a trip to Europe secured several luxury car firms as customers willing to pay his expensive premiums. He first patented the design in Britain in 1908. Among the companies using Knight's technology were Gabriel Voisin (in his Avions Voisin cars), Daimler (in their V-12 'Double Six'), and Belgium's Minerva company.
Upon Knight's return to America he was able to get some firms to use his design; here his brand name was Silent Knight (1905-1907) — the selling point was that his engines were quieter than those with standard poppet valves. The best known of these were the Stearns Company of Cleveland, which sold a car named the Stearns-Knight, and the Willys firm which offered a car called the Willys-Knight.

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