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1925 Kenworth KS 3-Ton

Engine Type:
Buda 4-Cylinder

Transmission Type:
Cotta 4-Speed

Truck Information:
This 1925 Kenworth KS 3-Ton is a very early Kenworth model. Most trucks at that time aside from Macks, Packards, and Whites were assembled trucks. This one is no exception: it has an engine made by Buda, a transmission made by Cotta, and a rear axle made by Timken. Kenworths are still assembled trucks today. Kenworth was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1912 by two brothers, George and Louis Gerlinger. They used the name Gerlinger Motor Car Works and sold both cars and trucks. In 1915, they introduced a powerful heavy-duty truck which they called a Gersix. They moved to Tacoma, Washington the following year and sold their company to Edgar Worthington and Frederick Kent, who renamed the business Gersix Motor Company. Harry Kent – son of Frederick Kent – and Edgar Worthington reincorporated the business in 1923 as the Kenworth Motor Truck Company. They made buses in the early years. Kenworth began offering diesel engines in their trucks beginning in 1933. The 1925 KS model was popular in the logging industry in the rugged Northwest. This particular 1925 Kenworth was discovered two blocks from Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington where it was used by a construction company to haul dynamite. According to the former owner, this Kenworth KS (serial number 2012), is the earliest one known to still exist. The truck is outfitted with hard rubber tires on the rear and pneumatics on the front. Top Speed: 25 MPH

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