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The Moore – Car, a short-lived oddity

Here  is a little bit of an oddity to study, the Moore – Car. Yes it really is a motorcycle, with a pair of training wheels (reported to raise or lower at the touch of a button) but W. G. Moore, who helped Olds build his first cars and was its creator, insisted on it being called a car.

It was built in Indianapolis, IN, only for a short time during 1917. It is quite similar to the Ner-A-Car, which was first built in the US starting in 1918 and later in England. The Moore – Car may possibly be where Carl Neracher came up with his Ner-A-Car design.

Information is hard to find about it, but it has been reported that the engine was made by Sinclair and it had a three-speed transmission and shaft-drive. Note the unique half-elliptic springs instead of a swing-arm, locating the rear axle.

It was constructed of press-steel without the use of tubing, castings or forgings for its structure. Behind the seat appears to be the combination gas tank-fender. It has the appearance of having an automotive type radiator, so there is the possibility it was water-cooled, unless this was purely ornamental. Photos form the June 12, 1917, Motor Age Magazine.

7 responses to “The Moore – Car, a short-lived oddity

  1. I have a 1917 stock brochure for the 1917 Model G Moore-Car. It says it has a two-cylinder, internal air-cooled 22 hp motor with a high tension magneto and a separate generator. 3-speed selective gear transmission, automobile type, shaft drive with spiral bevel, 36 inch half elliptic spring suspension, and a bucket seat. It was billed as a “light” car, rather than a motorcycle. Stock was guaranteed to pay an 8 % dividend, and 50 & of the net earnings.

  2. W.G. (William George) Moore is/was my grandfather. He passed on before I was born, so I never knew him, but my dad had one or two brochures about the car and used to talk about him as an engineer and inventor. It is exciting to see that someone has found it! I believe we still have the brochures (I will ask my siblings to see if one of them has it). Does anyone know where I might find a copy of the June 12, 1917, Motor Age Magazine?

    Thank you so much for posting this.

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