August 31, 2021


Yellow Cab Manufacturing Co. (1922-1923)
Chicago, Illinois

This is a Yellow-Knight radiator emblem (1922-1923)    mjs
Size: 57mm diameter    MM: Fox

John Hertz joined the Walden W. Shaw Livery Company in 1905 and began to buy second-hand cars to turn them into taxicabs. He had sufficient cash by 1910 to buy nine new Thomas cars, which he painted yellow to attract attention and turned them into taxicabs. The Shaw company then began to build their own taxicabs and, in 1915, the Yellow Taxicab Manufacturing Company was established (see Yellow Cab).  The Yellow Cab was very successful and thousands of Yellow taxicabs were produced annually.

The Yellow-Knight was a large, powerful 31.5 hp six-cylinder passenger car made in small numbers by the Yellow Cab Manufacturing Company using a Knight sleeve-valve engine built under license during 1922 and 1923. 

Some Yellow-Knight cars may have been used as cabs and some Yellow-Knight trucks were also built between 1925 and 1927 (see Yellow Truck).


The very few Yellow-Knight passenger cars built in 1922 and 1923 carried a yellow, white and black enamel Yellow-Knight radiator emblem, which depicted Sir Galahad, "the most perfect of King Arthur's Knights", together with his horse set within a central shield, as shown above at the top of this post. This Yellow-Knight radiator emblem is extremely rare.

The following orange and white enamel Yellow-Knight emblem is a mystery. It has the same design and size as the previous Yellow-Knight radiator emblem but does not display the "Yellow-Knight" name. It appears to be a radiator emblem but may have been used elsewhere on the car. This Yellow-Knight emblem is also extremely rare.

This is a Yellow-Knight emblem (1922-1923)     mjs
Size: 57mm diameter     MM: Fox

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