Rollin Motors

Rollin - original brochure front page
1924 Rollin at Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum

The Rollin Motors company was an American automobile manufacturer from 1923 until 1925 and founded by Rollin Henry White.[1] The company was based in Cleveland, Ohio.[2]

The Rollin automobile[3] had advanced technology, brakes on all four wheels (mechanical internal expanding type), pistons and connecting rods of special aluminum, lubrication oil through a pump and a four-bearing crankshaft.[4] There were four models: Touring ($ 995.00) , Brougham, Sedan and 3 passenger Coupe. Cars were sold in USA, Australia and a very few to Europe. Designed and built by Rollin H. White, formerly chief engineer of the White Motor Company. The car was planned as an economical automobile to capture a share of the low price market. Its engine was similar to that of the Cletrac tractor, a White subsidiary. The chairman was Rollin Henry White. His father, Thomas White, was owner of The White Sewing Machine Company , White Steamer and the White Motor Company. The Rollin was too high-priced for the market for which it had been intended. In its most successful year, 1924, approximately 6,500 units were produced. By the end of 1925 the factory was closed due to bankruptcy.[5] As of 2018, there are several Rollin automobiles in the USA and in Australia, as well as a few in Europe, at least one in the Netherlands and two in Sweden. In December 1924 the car carrier “Lakeland” transported on Lake Michigan several new automobiles. The “Lakeland” sank with at least twenty-two model-year vehicles aboard from Nah, Kissel, and Rollin motor companies. Recreational divers recovered one Rollin automobile in 1979[6].

Rollin Touring 1923 - picture 1963
Emblem of a Rollin - oldtimer
serial plate of a Rollin
engine compartment Rollin
Rollin Touring 1924, picture from 2015

See also

  • Automotive Hall of Fame [1]
  • Cleveland History Center, 2 Rollin automobiles [2]

References

  1. ^ "WHITE, ROLLIN HENRY | Encyclopedia of Cleveland History". Encyclopedia of Cleveland History | Case Western Reserve University.
  2. ^ The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Automobiles. By David Burgess Wise. Published 1979 - ISBN 0600303799 page 286, 125, 339
  3. ^ The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars. Edited by G.N. Georgano. Second edition 1973. ISBN 0852230486 - page 593
  4. ^ original brochure Rollin - page with technical specifications
  5. ^ "IN RE ROLLIN MOTORS CO. | 23 F.2d 110 (1927) | 23f2d110299". Leagle.
  6. ^ Wisconsinshipwrecks[ http://www.wisconsinshipwrecks.org/Vessel/Details/358]

Sources

  • Automobile Trade Journal, Volume 29. Rollin H. White and Rollin Motors Company [3]
  • Automobile Manufacturers of Cleveland and Ohio, 1864–1942 [4]
  • The Chandler Automobile, by James H. Lackley page 235 and 80 [5]