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Featured Truck of The Month

1924 White Model 40

A Bit of History:

  • The White Motor Company took an atypical path to becoming a heavy-duty truck manufacturer. White began by manufacturing not cars or machinery but sewing machines. In 1900, the White company produced its first automobiles. White’s first models were steam powered but by 1911, the company had fully transitioned to gasoline vehicles.
  • By the 1920s, White had fully committed to the truck market, no longer producing passenger cars.
  • This 1924 White Model 40 is an excellent example of an early White truck. Following WWII White would cease production of medium duty trucks such as this one and focus exclusively on large semi trucks.
  • This 1924 White is a movie star! It is featured in the 1991 film Fried Green Tomatoes during a scene where a man’s car is pulled from a river.

Fun Facts:

  • The crane on this truck appears to be home-made, a cheaper alternative to buying a purpose-built wrecker.
  • Originally, this truck would have used solid rubber tires. At some point it was converted to use more modern pneumatic tires. This was probably done in the 1940s.
  • This 1924 White is not the only movie vehicle owned by the museum. We also own a 1933 Ford Paddy Wagon that appears in the 1978 film F.I.S.T.
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