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1922 Willys-Knight Touring Car

1922 Willys-Knight Touring Car

Occasionally a visitor will step into our main exhibit room and ask "Where did you get THAT?" The visitor is referring to a rare and fully restored 1922 Willys-Knight, Model 70 touring car situated in the center of the room.
The unique auto was owned by Frank and Elizabeth Van Gastel of Pittsburg, Kansas and was purchased new June 12,1922 for $1,045.00. Frank was a traveling oil salesman for Bowes "Seal Fast" Corporation. Their daughter was Betty Eberwein who lived in St. Paul.
The car came with curtains that snapped to the canvas roof. The side curtain contains a cut out for glass that snapped open for fresh air. The car had been garaged for years and was restored by the Eberwein children.

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Simplex Motorcycle

Mid-30s Simplex Motorcycle

The first American Simplex motorcycles were produced in 1935 in
Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Only 50 motorcycles were produced that year, one of which is in the Smithsonian collection. The Osage Mission-Neosho County motorcycle was purchased in the early 1970s by St. Paul native Art (A.J.) Goodsel and was restored and donated to the museum by A.J. and Mary Paula Goodsel.

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