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1913 VIM White


Engine Type:
22 Horsepower 1917 VIM Truck Motor, 3-Inch Bore, 4½-Inch Stroke, 4-Cylinder Water-Cooled

Transmission Type:
3-Speed & Reverse Selective Sliding Gears

Truck Information:
The Touraine Company of Philadelphia, PA was not having much success selling its touring cars (an early style of open car that seated four or more people). So in 1913 they began assembling trucks like this 1913 VIM. The company became the VIM Motor Truck Company in 1915 and sold more than 13,000 trucks per year from 1915 to 1917. By 1916 VIM laid claim to being the largest producer of delivery trucks in the world. This truck has wood spoke wheels with pneumatic tires. The cab is known as a C cab because of its shape. "Merchants big or little may purchase VIM trucks from any VIM dealer on monthly installments. $1.50 a day pays for it. Not as much as you pay that extra driver," read one advertisement. VIM touted their trucks as being sturdier than other delivery vehicles: "Some dealers deliver with converted pleasure cars—overloading engines, chassis, transmissions and springs—a plan which results in enormous upkeep and running costs, and for which the customer must eventually pay." This VIM Delivery Truck has a wheelbase that measures 89 inches with a 56-inch tread, and weighs about 800 pounds. Its chassis was manufactured by the Budd Company, also of Philadelphia. The truck is equipped with a bevel and chain drive differential and a sliding gear transmission. This model has an open bed which was commonly used for hauling products like tools and packages. Top Speed: 25 MPH



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