Rare Plaidside Cars

Plaidside Willys-Knights from the private collection of Al Giddings

Limited Time: October 4-7, 2010

Collector Mr. Al Giddings has graciously agreed to display two extraordinary vehicles from his private collection here at the AACA Museum from October 4-7th.

pic_1930-Plaidside-Roadster-GreenDuring the past three decades, Al Giddings has earned a reputation as one of the most creative and talented director-producer-cinematographers in the entertainment industry. Never settling for off-the-shelf technology, Mr. Giddings is constantly designing innovative cameras, lighting and optical systems in all film and video formats from IMAX to high definition. Mr. Giddings may best be know for his undersea camera work in the classic films: The Deep, For Your Eyes Only, Never Say Never Again, The Abyss and Titanic—the highest grossing film in movie history.


On display will be a Willys-Knight Great Six 1930 Plaidside Phaeton – Knight Sleeve Vavle Engine – 6 Cylinder – 87 HP—the only one in the world! Although expensive tooling and drawings were completed in 1930, only three of these beautiful 66-B Phaetons were produced. The 1929 stock market crash had devastated the auto industry…however, president John Willys, a consummate showman, demanded his company have a strong presence at the 1930 New York, Chicago and Los Angeles auto shows and ordered three Phaetons built. This is the New York show car and the only survivor!

pic_1930-Plaidside-Roadster-Green-2Also on display Willys-Knight Great Six 1930 Plaidside Roadster – Knight Sleeve Valve Engine – 6 cylinder – 87 hp and one of approximately nine know to exist. Designed by Amos Northup in 1929, the Willys-Knight 66-B Plaidside Roadster is a registered CCCA Classic. The novel paint scheme reflects the 1930 factory delivered car. The Willys Overland Company built more than two million cars from 1903 thru 1927—Willys-Knights, Stearns-Knights, Whippets and Overlands made up the bulk of the passenger car lines. In 1917 the company’s production was slightly behind the Ford Company, then the world’s largest automobile manufacturer. The company’s final efforts included the popular WWII Willys Jeep.