1927 Falcon-Knight Model 10 Speedster

Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of Bonhams

This 1927 Falcon-Knight Model 10 has a one-off 2-seat speedster body believed to have been commissioned by James Harvey Howe III, grandson of the inventor of Tums. He donated it to the St. Louis Museum of Transportation in the 1970s. The car was later part of the John O’Quinn Collection before being acquired by the Evergreen Collection.

The body is as elemental as a good speedster should be, light in weight and burdened with only essential features, such as electric head- and taillights, a stylish monocle windshield, cylindrical bolster fuel tank behind the pair of bucket seats, rear-mounted spare, red artillery wheels and blackwall tires. The color is a jaunty yellow with black mudguards, running boards and upholstery on a bright red frame and running gear.

It recently has had important work to keep it in good operating condition, including new intake and exhaust manifold and water-chamber gaskets, a cylinder block and radiator cleanout and some new period-correct fabric-covered headlight wiring.

A Falcon-Knight is a rare automobile under any circumstances; this may very well be the only one blessed with lightweight speedster coachwork that maximizes its performance and sporting appearance.

 

Carl Bomstead

Carl Bomstead - SCM Senior Auction Analyst

Carl has been writing for SCM for 19 years. His first article appeared in the February 1997 issue, and at least one of his articles has appeared in every issue since. When he’s not writing, he serves as a National Director for the Classic Car Club of America and tends to his extensive collection of automobilia. He has been a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the past 20 years, and he also judges at Amelia Island and other major concours. An extensive number of collector cars have passed through his garage, and a 1947 Cadillac 62 Series convertible and a 1968 Intermeccanica Italia are current residents.

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