November 05, 2019

HANDLEY KNIGHT/HANDLEY

Handley-Knight Co. (1921-1922)

Handley Motors, Inc. (1923)

Kalamazoo, Michigan

This is a Handley-Knight radiator emblem (1921-1922)     mjs
Size: 65mm high 38mm wide    MM: Bastian Bros

The Handley-Knight was powered by a 54 hp four-cylinder Knight sleeve valve engine. The first Handley-Knight cars were ready by 1921 and were offered in a variety of touring and sedan body styles. They were announced as "America's Finest Knight-Motored Car".

But in November 1922 the company decided to drop the Knight motor and use a conventional motor instead. The company was reorganized as Handley Motors, Inc. and the new six-cylinder cars called Handley appeared in early 1923 but only lasted for a couple of months. The Handley plant was bought by Checker Cab in the spring of 1923.

Emblems

The red and white enamel Handley-Knight radiator emblem shown above is rare.

There is a very good reproduction of the Handley-Knight radiator emblem, so beware. The reproduction emblem can be identified easily, however, as it does not have the Bastian Bros maker's mark on the back, see photo below:

This shows the backs of original (left) and repro (right) Handley-Knight emblems   mjs

The black enamel Handley radiator emblem shown below was used on the Handley car for a couple of months only in 1923. This Handley radiator emblem is extremely rare.

This is a Handley radiator emblem (1923)      sam
Size: 64mm high 35mm wide      MM: Unknown






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