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The Moline Automobile Co.
East Moline, Illinois

The Moline Automobile Company was formed in 1904 by William H. VanDerVoort and Orlando J. Root. They built gasoline engines with a company called Root and Vandervoort Engineering Co. in Moline, IL.

In 1904 The Moline Automobile Company was formed to build the Moline. By 1914 the name changed to Moline-Knight and in 1920 the name was changed to R&V Knight.

In the advertising below The Moline Automobile Co. claimed "More Power, More Flexibility, More Economy and More Silence" out of its Knight engine. The Knight Engine was an internal combustion engine designed by Charles Yale Knight. His engine used sleeve valves instead of the more common poppet valves. When The Moline Automobile Co. acquired a license for the Knight engine in 1914 the Moline name was changed to Moline Knight.

1914 Moline-Knight Advertisement
1914 Moline-Knight Advertisement

The Moline-Knight Touring Cars and Roadsters came in a color of upper blue and lower black. Models were made that could seat five or seven passengers and two passengers on the Roadsters. Tourers had a 128 inch wheel base and 36 inch wheels and tires. The Knight four cylinder engine developed 25.6 horsepower. Additional features included top, top hood, electric lighting, electric self starter, windshield and speedometer.

1914 Moline-Knight Touring Car
1914 Moline-Knight Touring Car

As mentioned above Touring Car and the popular Moline-Knight Roadster were produced. Additional models included a Limousine priced at $3,800.00 and a Sedan priced at $3,200.00. The Touring cars typically were priced from $1,475.00 to $2,500.00 and the Roadster sold for $2,500.00.

1915 Moline-Knight 40
1915 Moline-Knight 40

1915 Moline-Knight Roadster
1915 Moline-Knight Roadster
1915 Moline-Knight Touring Car
1915 Moline-Knight Touring Car
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