1921 White Gasoline Tanker Truck


1921 White Gasoline Tanker Truck

The White Motor Company was a manufacturer or cars and trucks, operating in Cleveland, Ohio from 1900 until their demise in 1980.

In an era when early automobile manufacturers were adopting electric and gasoline powered technology, White adopted steam powered vehicles and received a patent on the technology.Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and William Taft both used White steam powered vehicles (Taft liked to blow a burst of steam at “pesky press photographers”).

By the end of the decade, it was evident to White that the internal combustion engine was going to rule the day and the last steam powered White car rolled off the line in January 1911. After World War I, White got out of the car business and concentrated solely on trucks. After World War II, White concentrated solely on large trucks.

At one point, White owned 10% of the truck market in the United States and their success allowed them to gobble up competition.At one point in time, White purchased rival manufacturers Sterling, Autocar, Diamond T and REO.

This is reliable and durable White tanker truck. A distinguishing feature is was the sturdy frame that wrapped around to form the front bumper. Notice the tires, a standard for that time.

This truck has a 4 cylinder, side valve engine, yielding 50 horsepower.

On loan from BP & The Petersen Automotive Museum.


Auto Spec Sheet

Year: 1921
Make: White
Model: Gasoline Tanker
Style: N/A
Serial No: N/A
Odometer: N/A
Engine Cyl: 4
Engine Size: N/A
Engine HP: 50
Trans: 4 speed manual


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