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A brand of cars based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA from 1905-1930.  The full company name is Moon Motor Car Company.

Magazine covers include: The Antique Auto Locator, May 1970 (1922 Chummy Roadster "Authentic")

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Moon Motor Car page on 30 June 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Moon Motor Car Company (1905 - 1930) was an American automobile company that was located in St. Louis, Missouri. The company had a venerable reputation among the buying public, as it was known for fully assembled, easily affordable mid-level cars using high-quality parts. Often this meant the manufacturing process required more human intervention, leading to operating losses.

The company was founded by carriage maker Joseph W. Moon. Moon produced both cars and trucks. Moon Motor's peak production year was 1925 when the company produced 10,271 vehicles.

In addition to the Moon name, Moons were sold under the Hol-Tan name in 1908. Moon produced the Diana via its subsidiary the Diana Motors Company in 1925 - 1928. Another subsidiary produced the Windsor in 1929-1930.

The firm also produced a cotton picker built under contract from the American Cottonpicker Corporation.

Beginning in 1924, Moon was increasingly unable to meet dealership orders. The company went out of business at the start of the Great Depression; the Moon factory was purchased by Ruxton automobile.

Moon automobiles are on display at the Missouri History Museum and Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, Missouri. The amusement park Six Flags St. Louis also features a ride using the Moon automobile body.


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Moon Six Touring 36 Moon Six Touring 36
Hand Book of Automobiles, 1919 Edition
View Moon Six Touring 36 page of Hand Book of Automobiles, 1919 Edition - 561KB


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
11 April 1909Auto News From Near and Far: Moon Transmission.The New York Times
18 November 1922Moon Motor Car Orders Doubled.The New York Times
22 December 1922Moon Motors Reports EarningsThe New York Times




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