The F. B. Stearns Co. was organized in 1898, just 2 years after Frank B. Stearns built his initial car.
Twenty Stearns cars were built in the first year. The first Stearns Knight, utilizing the sleeve-valve engine designed & built by Charles Y. Knight, was built in 1912.
In that same year Stearns also gave up the poppet valve engine.
In 1925, Willys Overland bought out the Stearns Knight Corp. to add this luxury automobile to it's stable of fine cars.
Production ceased in 1929. The finest Stearns Knights were built during the company's last five years (1925-1929)
Originally owned by Dr. John Adam Metzger, Surgeon and radiologist of 327 Carrol Park East, Long Beach, California. Dr Metzger was also a well-known artist/ painter of San Juan Capistrano scenery.
Then possibly owned by well-known collector Maurice Devereaux, Sarasota Florida, who also owned a H-8 90 7-passenger sedan.
Owned in the 1970's by Bill Greenway of Mitchell, South Dakota, which then was passed to his nephew Frank Wilkie of Johnson City, Illinois. After that, Dr. Robert Malstrom of Oakland, California purchased this exquisite automobile, and subsequently was sold the the current owner, Harry Ziegler, of Hadley, New York,
1929 Stearns Knight Straight-8 Rumble-seat Coupe #699 (4th off the assembly line) with custom aluminum body (Body # 13-6) by coach builder Philips Custom Body Co. of Warren, Ohio, on a 137" wheelbase, has undergone a complete body-off-frame restoration.
Rebuilt sleeve-valve engine with a 9 main bearings run excellent.
Driven on many local tours and Willys Overland Knight Registry International tours.
Repaint done in original color combination available on custom classics of the era.
2nd place award in classic division at Manchester Vermont car show in 2011
Participation classic prestige class Saratoga Invitational in 2014
5 Buffalo wire wheels, original owner's manual, new radiator core, fuel tank, engine Babbitt.
Extra engine, transmission, front & rear axle, starter, generator.
Full Classic as per C.C.C.A.
Rare 8-cylinder coupe-one of 3 known
ESTIMATE: $40,000 - $50,000
- Engine Type
- Engine Size
- 384.8 cu. in
- Body Color
- Brown, Yellow, & Orange
- Body Style
- Stearns Knight
- H-890 Deluxe
- Interior Color
- Seating Type
- Seat Material
- Shifter Type
- Center Console