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Rollin

Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
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Rollin Motor Car Co, Cleveland, Ohio.
This car was made by, and named for, Rollin White (1872-1962) who had been chief engineer of the White company.


rollin emblem

Rollin emblem. (source: Apijunior)

After leaving White he formed the Cleveland Tractor Company in 1916 to make the Cletrac tractor, but was tempted by the car business again in the 1920's. He obtained financial support from Cleveland industrialist EE Allyne and hired former Studebaker design engineer, Fred M Zeder.

For this reason the car was originally to be called the Allyne-Zeder, but the more attractive sounding name Rollin was chosen. Zeder soon left the project to help design the new Chrysler, but the Rollin was well on its way by then.

Announced in the autumn of 1923 as a 1924 model, it had a 41 bhp 2446cc 4 cylinder side-valve engine derived from that used in the tractor; some sources say that the first pilot models of the Rollin carried Cletrac badges. It had a 3-speed Muncie gearbox, and 4 wheel brakes were fitted, making Rollin something of a pioneer in this field as far as modestly priced cars went.

Two models of tourer, a coupe-roadster and a sedan made up the range, and prices ranged from $895 to $1275.

1924 sales were 3662 cars and in 1925 only 2088 Rollins found customers. It seems that the cars compact size went against it among American buyers. People expected a 6 cylinder car in its price range. Production ended in November 1925 and the company was declared bankrupt the following month. White returned to the tractor business, from which he retired at the age of 72 in 1944.

(source: Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile)

 
 
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