Home > Books

100 Years of American LaFrance by Walter MP McCall All-American Truck Stops Autocar Trucks 1950 - 1987
All-American Truck Stops
Our Price: $37.00
Most comprehensive book ever published about this highly regarded fire apparatus manufacturer.
An Illustrated History by Guy Kudlemyer & Wayne Henderson.

It may have been long ago, but there once was a time when truck stops catered primarily to truckers. This is the first history of America's truck stops from the early years of the two-lane "Mom & Pop" facilities where Dad pumped fuel and made minor repairs, Mom and Sis served up sandwiches and Junior washed windshields and cleaned headlights right up to the truck stops and travel plazas serving today's truckers and motoring public on the Interstates. This entertaining history is heavily illustrated with vintage black and white and color photographs, as well as period advertising and other memorabilia that focuses primarily on the huge variety of truck stops that served America's trucking industry during America's postwar expansion of the 50's and 60's.
Autocar - The World's Finest! In 1950 the Autocar Driver Cab was introduced, which along with the Autocar Sleeper Cab and the Autocar Aluminum Driver Cab, was used on all conventional models produced until Volvo replaced it after purchasing Autocar. In the 1950s Autocar began what it called Custom Engineering, designing each vehicle to the individual customer's specific requirements. At this time Autocar focused on models for construction, logging, mining, quarrying and oil production, as well as lightweight over-the-road designs. Large format photos with informative captions illustrate all of the major models produced during this period. A brief history of the Autocar company is included.
Autocar Trucks of the 1950s Autocar Trucks of the 1960s Autocar Trucks: 1899 - 1950 Photo Archive by Robert Gabrick
Autocar’s roots go way back into the early 1900s and became known for tough and rugged trucks. When WWII came, very few trucks for civilian use were produced and by the end many trucks were worn out from constant use. After the war, civilian production began again in full force because of the lack of new trucks. In 1950, when Autocar introduced the new driver cab, the louver design was eliminated. The old style flat windshield sleeper cabs were used up until 1953 (the same year that Autocar was purchased by the White Motor Co.) when the new sleeper cab was introduced. Autocar became the top-of-the-line marque for White and marketing focused primarily on specialized applications, such as construction, logging, mining and oil industries. See the rest of the “World’s Finest” helping do their part to revive America in the 1950s. As we start the 1960s, the current Autocar truck models were well on their way in popularity. White had purchased Autocar in 1953 yet Autocar trucks continued thru to the 1970s as part of the "Big Four" White brands. The Interstate Highway System was being expanded through the country in the '60s, but many roads were still rugged. The cure for many truckers was to buy an Autocar, highly regarded as a rough, tough and sturdy truck. Ron Adams picks out the best in his vast collection of Autocar truck photos, all the hardest working trucks hauling goods across America in the 1960s, one of the most interesting decades in trucking. Not only does Adams provide detailed information about the trucks, he doesn’t forget the trailers, trucking companies, and hauling configurations seen in the photographs. Large, detailed archival photographs with informative captions tell the story from the first Autocar Truck built up to 1950 when the Autocar Driver Cab was introduced. By Robert Gabrick.  Publisher:  Enthusiast Books, 126 pages.
Brockway Trucks 1948 - 1961 by Thomas E. Warth Crown Firecoach 1951 - 1985 Photo Archive Diamond T 4-ton Truck
Diamond T 4-ton Truck
Our Price: $29.00
Brockway trucks at work and in detailed factory photographs from the March Trucks Historical Museum.
Published Iconografix, Crown Firecoach 1951 - 1985 by Chuck Madderom, illustrates the history of Crown Firecoach. Written by David Doyle. Originally developed to fulfill the Quartermaster Corps' need for a prime mover for the 155 mm howitzer, the WWII-era four-ton Diamond T truck boasted robust construction and a powerful Hercules engine.  The Corps of Engineers found the truck to be well-suited for their need, in particular as a dump truck, and strongly favored the Diamond T over the ubiquitous 2 1/2 ton GMC CCKW cargo-dump. Unfortunately, the Diamond T cost twice as much as the CCKW, a considerable hindrance to mass procurement.
Diamond T Trucks: 1911 - 1966 by Robert Gabrick Divco: A History of the Truck and Company by Ebert & Rienzo Jr Dodge
Our Price: $29.95
Travel back in time to see the handsome Diamond Ts in large archival photos with in-depth captions and a concise company history.  By Robert Gabrick.  Publisher:  Enthusiast Books, 126 pages. Introduction: "Divco was a survivor. For 60 years, Divco survived the trials and tumult of the Depression, a world war, numerous mergers and acquisitions, and a dramatically changing environment for its product, multi-stop delivery trucks. After almost exactly 60 years, Divco production came to an end in early 1986. Even at the end, in one sense, Divco was a survivor because it was a profitable product for its builder. The Divco story is one of trucks, people, and a changing economy. It is a tale of innovation and creativity as well as one of mistakes, oversights, and miscalculations. In the pages that follow, we hope the reader will gain an appreciation for the environment in which Divcos were designed, built, sold, and used and how they came to be 'America's Favorite Milk Truck.'" (160 pages) By Robert Gabrick. “Since 1910…Federal Trucks Have Been Known in Every Country—Sold on Every Continent.” One of the great “independents” from Detroit, Federal produced a “high quality truck at a good price.” In July 1910, Martin L. Plucher, vice president and general manager of the newly formed Federal Motor Truck Company, personally conducted the first Federal truck to Lynn, Massachusetts, for delivery to its owner. From 1910 to 1959, Federal assembled over 160,000 trucks for all types of uses including delivery vans, buses, garbage trucks, and over the road heavy haulers. Whatever its use, Federal declared, “You can expect years of faithful service.” In World War II Federal produced 11,338 military vehicles, earning the coveted Army-Navy “E Pennant” four times for production excellence. After the war Federal experienced the same difficulties experienced by other independents. Despite the 1950 introduction of the Style Liner and the restyled Golden Eagle Series, introduced in 1957, production of Federal trucks ended in 1959. This Photo Archive chronicles this admired truck through large-format archival photographs with detailed captions. See these legendary trucks once again.
Dodge Pickups Dragon Wagon A Visual History of the U.S. Army's Heavy Tank Transporter 1941-1955 Dragon Wagon Part 2 A Visual History of the U.S. Army's Heavy Tank Transporter 1955-1975
Dodge Pickups
Our Price: $34.95
Edited by Don Bunn. From 1939's first modern-era pickup to 1978's 440 V-8 D150 Adventurer SE, Dodge-built pickups introduced many innovations that were later copied by the entire industry. Tough, rugged and practical - three words that describe Dodge Pickups. Here is a comprehensive photographic history of the pickups that earned Dodge its reputation as a leader in engineering and styling. By David Doyle and Pat Stansell. In 1941, the U.S. military issued a requirement for a vehicle capable of recovering disabled tanks in the desert, even under combat conditions. This examination was heavily influenced by British experiences in the North African Campaign. The British were key in the development of the U.S. produced Diamond-T tank transporter, which was used extensively in North American. The M26 and M26A1 Pacific proved to be formidable tank transporters and indeed soldiered on well after the end of WWII. However, as the Army looked toward the future, it correctly saw the need for as much standardization of components as possible, and almost everything on the big Pacific was unique to that machine.
Evolution of Cab-Over-Engine Trucks Ford Medium Duty Trucks 1917 - 1998 Freightliner Trucks 1937 - 1981 by Robert Gabrick
American COE (Cab Over Engine) designs began to appear as a way to maximize loads and abide by individual U.S. state length regulations. By shortening the overall length of the truck cab the trailer size could be increased while staying within the overall length limit dictated by each state. COE trucks would help play a vital role in America’s industrial growth over the ensuing decades. All the major truck manufacturers are featured along with the many models offered throughout the decades into the 1970s, as well as a brief look at the COE models offered through the 1980s to today. Ford Medium-duty trucks are rugged, dependable, economical, and easy to work on. Ford helped ease the growing pains of American evolution by building hundreds of thousands of tough trucks for medium-duty service. From early conversion kit trucks used mainly by farmers, Ford's trucks and chassis became common for utility maintenance, construction, school bus transportation, towing, dumping, firefighting, and camping. This book focuses on Ford's medium-duty line—everything is covered from the early Canopied Express and continues through the various models and engines, sales figures, styling and technical developments, and much more. By Robert Gabrick. Archival photographs combined with in-depth captions document Freightliner trucks from their first trucks up to their partnership with DaimlerChrysler. Published by Iconografix, 126 pages. Unable to find a manufacturer to build his new design, Leland James, the founder of Consolidated Freightways, founded what would become Freightliner. Photographs handpicked from the Freightliner Corporate Archives, combined with in-depth captions, document Freightliner trucks from those first trucks up to its partnership with Daimler Chrysler. Through the years Freighliners trucks brought many innovations including the all-aluminum cab, the integrated aluminum sleeper compartment and the full 90 degree tilt cab, all documented in the book.
FWD Trucks 1910 - 1974 GMC Heavy Duty Trucks 1927 - 1987 by James K. Wagner Going the Greyhound Way: The Romance of the Road by Robert Gabrick
FWD Trucks 1910 - 1974
Our Price: $36.95
Established in 1910, The Four Wheel Drive Auto Company was created to produce automobiles. "The Battleship", America's "first successful four-wheel-drive automobile" was offered for sale in the company's 1911 sales catalog. However, the start of World War I in 1914 and the unsuccessful expedition to Mexico to capture Pancho Villa in 1916 led to a change and the production of over 24,000 FWD Model B trucks. Over the years, FWD produced a variety of specialized vehicles for road construction and maintenance, snow removal, utility construction and maintenance, oil exploration and production, cement mixers, logging, and even school buses. All of these are featured here in sharp black and white photos with in-depth captions. By James K. Wagner. Focusing on GMCs most fruitful six decades, from 1927 to 1987, this book offers a prologue and epilogue to round out the 100+ year history of GMC trucks and their predecessors Rapid and Reliance, with particular emphasis on the heavy-duty models. In-depth coverage of all models, engine specifications, year-to-year changes, and model-by-model genealogy charts is included, as well as the story of GM's role as a heavy-duty truck maker and the influences of Max Grabowski, William Crapo Durant, and Alfred P. Sloan Jr. An essential book for truck enthusiasts, historians, restorer's, and anyone interested in General Motors. Archival photos, many from the National Automotive Historical Collection, show these models in pristine form. Published Iconografix, Going the Greyhound Way by Robert Gabrick, illustrates the impact Greyhound buses had on America.
International Heavy Trucks of the 1950s by Ron Adams International Heavy Trucks of the 1960s Logging Trucks 1915 - 1970 Photo Archive
A visual feast of International Heavy Duty trucks at work in the 1950s. Includes delivery trucks, tankers, garbage trucks, over-the-road trucks, off-highway trucks and much more.  A must for all trucking enthusiasts!!   By Ron Adams.  Published by Iconografix, 126 pages The success of International's 1950s semi-trucks continued into the 1960s. Many series were carried over from the 1950s, but International now offered more models in each series to make them more versatile. The pictures you see in this book mainly cover the bigger straight trucks and over-the-road and off-highway trucks; the popular trucks like the V series, R series, D-400, DCO-400, CO-4000, and the line of “stars,” to mention a few. As you look at them, enjoy and admire them, as many are long gone. Logging operations presented some of the biggest off-road challenges to trucks & their drivers. This collection of photos includes rugged logging trucks built on various manufacturers' chassis. Beginning with the trucks that replaced oxen in America's forests to modern rigs.
Lost Truck Legends M3A1 Scout Car Walk Around Modern Fire Trucks: An Illustrated History from the 1980s - Present by Kent Parrish
Lost Truck Legends
Our Price: $35.00
Here you go truck fans, a book just for you! Featuring small-scale independent truck manufacturers, this book offers a selection of trucks no longer manufactured, but that in their time had a solid reputation. Basically, because of supply and demand, the smaller companies couldn’t compete with the large manufacturers in the long run, yet they offered technological innovations, unique styling, or met a specific market niche to the trucking industry. Detailed histories along with vintage photographs hark back to a different era of these gone-but-not-forgotten, yet still-today-admired orphan trucks. Available, Fageol, Hug, Corbitt, Hendrickson, Dart, Garford, Republic, Bederman and a few others are portrayed with historic images through the 1930s-1970s time period. By David Doyle; Squadron Signal Productions. Softcover. The lineage of the White M3A1 scout car can be traced directly to the Scout Car T7, tested from July through November 1934.The T7 was built by the Indiana Motortruck subsidiary of White. An illustrated history of modern day fire trucks from the 1980s forward.
New Car Carriers 1910-1998 Photo Album Overnite While You Sleep: Auto Freight Memories by Ken Goudy Jr. Overnite While You Sleep: Western Trucking Pioneers by Ken Goudy Jr.
Donald F. Wood. A photographic history of the new carrier from the beginning when flatbed trucks and trailers first became an alternative to the railroad for carrying new cars. These fascinating photos take you through the introduction of double-decker trailers, the converted auto carriers hauling military vehicles and armaments during WWII, to the innovative piggybacks and triple-level auto racks that are used today. Published by Bennett Printing Company, Auto Freight Memories in the series of Overnite While You Sleep books by Ken Goudy, Jr.,  is a reflection of the author's personal memories of growing up in the auto freight industry and his heartfelt tribute to the truckers of the Pacific Northwest. Published by Bennett Printing Company, Western Trucking Pioneers, in the series of Overnite While You Sleep books by Ken Goudy, Jr.,  includes stories and photos of the companies and men who were the freight pioneers of the west.
Peterbilt Trucks of the 1960s Peterbilt: The Evolution of Class by Warren Johnson Phillips 66 1945 - 1954 Photo Archive
T. A. Peterman needed a better truck to haul logs in the northwest, so after experimenting and then acquiring Fageol Motors, he came up with a formula to create rugged, tough trucks to battle curvaceous, undependable mountain roads, earning the nickname ‘betterbuilt’ trucks. Peterman died in 1945, but management helped make Peterbilt a serious producer of heavy-duty trucks up to its sale to PACCAR in the late 1950s. In August 1960 Peterbilt moved to a new facility and became a division of PACCAR, carrying on its own tradition while retaining its product line. A western builder, Peterbilt’s popularity escalated throughout the states through the 1960s, leading the company to start a new plant in Tennessee by the end of the decade. At the height of their popularity, Peterbuilts are portrayed through large format photographs taken at the time when these heavy haulers were put to work. See them in action and read about both the trucks and owners who operated them. Factory data and literature that shows the complete line of Peterbilt trucks that have evolved in the last sixty years. 256 pages Edited by M. Kirn. Phillips 66 is one of the most recognized names among American gas stations. In the boom period of post-World War II, Phillips Petroleum Company grew faster than any other US oil company. Here is a pictorial glimpse at Philllips service stations, in the period when the neighborhood pump moved from the business district to the trunpike.
REO Trucks 1910  -1966 by Robert Gabrick Semi Trucks of the 1950s Semi Trucks of the 1960s by Ron Adams
Semi Trucks of the 1950s
Our Price: $36.95
Here is the story of REO trucks – presented through archival photographs and in depth captions. After WWII Americans were anxious to re-stoke the economy after a long “make-do with what you have” dry spell. By the 1950s new highways were being built, new trucking companies were being formed and old ones revived. Americans were buying newly-styled cars and the latest technologies once again. Semi-trucks helped pave the way for this huge growth spurt in America with dependable trucks built by Mack, GMC, Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, International, White Freightliner, Peterbilt, Kenworth, Diamond T, Reo, Autocar, Brockway, Sterling and others, many using the increasingly popular diesel engines made by Buda, Hercules, Waukesha, and Cummins, which helped their heavy loads haul quicker. Ron Adams portrays this booming era with over 300 superb photos of trucks hauling cement, fuel, and a variety of goods to enthusiastic Americans. A Photo Gallery book printed by Iconographix, Semi-Trucks of the 1960s by Ron Adams, includes over 300 photos portraying the history of the 1960s.
Semi Trucks of the American West Singing Wheels Six-Ton Trucks
Singing Wheels
Our Price: $29.95
Six-Ton Trucks
Our Price: $23.00
Semi Trucks of the American West: A Showcase of Regional Trucking 1900-1975 by Ron Adams 2020. From San Diego to Seattle, from Dallas to the Dakotas and all points in between... here's a showcase of the unique big rigs and companies that helped build and supply the growing American West! Prior to the 1970's, when length laws were written to allow longer configurations to run on the national interstate highway system, you would really only see many of these trucks west of the Mississippi. This is the first book to showcase the unique truck/trailer combos and companies that hauled freight in the American West from the early 1900s through the 1970s. By The Fruehauf Trailer Historical Society, Ruth Ann Fruehauf & Darlene Norman. Singing Wheels August Fruehauf & The History of the Fruehauf Trailer Company, Celebrating the centennial of August Fruehauf's 1914 invention of the semi-trailer. In mid-1914, a Detroit lumber dealer came to August Fruehauf needing a solution to transport a recently purchased 18-foot sailboat to a summer place on a Michigan lake. The lumber dealer's request changed the company's focus, carrying it beyond the horse into the motor age. The lumber company, pleased with the results, then converted all of their wagons and the trailer industry was launched.
By David Doyle. A Visual History of the Army's most versatile heavy truck 1941-1950. From prime mover to truck-tractor. As the U.S. Army prepared for entry into WWII, which seemed increasingly inevitable, there was considerable emphasis on standardization of motor transport vehicles and the components thereof. On 1 June 1939 the Quartermaster Corps Technical Committee recommended to the Chief of Staff that the army adopt five weight classes of trucks. These initial five categories, however, were quickly revised. One of the functions of the newly added 6-ton group was to serve as a prime mover for heavy anti-aircraft artillery.
Sterling Trucks Studebaker Trucks 1927 - 1940 Studebaker Trucks 1941 - 1964
Sterling Trucks
Our Price: $32.95
One of the early pioneers in the manufacture of trucks, Sterling is synonymous with rugged well-engineered trucks with a reputation for reliable service in off-road, heavy-duty applications—mining, construction, and logging. Distinctive engineering hallmarks included wood-lined frames and the continued use of chain drive long after its abandonment by other manufacturers. Established in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, production of Sternberg trucks began in 1907, becoming Sterling in 1915. Acquired by the White Motor Company in 1951, Sterling-White production ended in 1953. This Photo Archive chronicles this unique truck through large-format archival photographs and detailed captions. Nostalgic photographic history of one of the great names in American motoring. This outstanding collection of rare factory photographs displays the quality and styling that distinguishes Studebaker from all the rest. Essential information for every Studebaker library A comprehensive photo history of one of the great names of American motoring. This outstanding collection of rare factory photos displays the quality & styling that distinguished Studebaker. Includes a full range of Studebaker trucks including 6x6 built during World War II.
The American Delivery Truck by Robert Gabrick The Evolution of the Cab-Forward Fire Truck by Kent Parrish The Fruehauf Engineering Story
Published by Enthusiast Books, The American Delivery Truck by Robert Gabrick, provides a heavily illustrated history of delivery trucks over a 50-year span.

In a sense, all trucks are delivery trucks-their purpose is to haul things from one place to another. The first delivery vehicles were carts, wagons, and sleds pulled by draft animals. As America entered the twentieth century, motorized trucks gradually replaced draft animals, in particular, the horses. Prior to widespread automobile ownership, both urban and rural residents relied on vendors using delivery vehicles to bring needed goods and services directly to them.

In 1915, Reo created an entire class of vehicles, introducing the Speed Wagon equipped with pneumatic tires and an electric system for starting and lights. The Reo Speed Wagon became the basis for a new generation of delivery vehicles dubbed "Speed Trucks."

By the 1920's, manufacturers producing delivery trucks as part of their line-up included Autocar, Available, Federal, Diamond T, Sterling, Stewart, International, Fargo, Dodge, Chevrolet, Ford, Graham, and White. In addition, throughout the United States, companies such as Boyertown Body Works, Boyertown, Pennsylvania, created a variety of bodies to suit the needs of the customer, including van, panel truck, and even pick-up bodies.
Published Iconografix, Cab-Forward Fire Truck by Kent Parrish, traces the evolution of cab-forward fire apparatus. By Ruth Ann Fruehauf & Darlene Norman. The Fruehauf Engineering Story: The Historical Perspective of an American Industry and its Technological innovations illustrated by advertising, 1914-1997. The success of the Fruehauf Trailer Company has been credited in large part to their excellent advertising campaigns, which began in the American Lumberman in April 1916. Targeting publications aimed at business executives during their leisure time, the Fruehauf message was reinforced with the titans of American industry.
The Long Haul by Ron Adams The Trucking Pioneers IX by M.K. Terebecki The Trucking Pioneers VIII by M.K. Terebecki
In the early days, many trucking companies started out with one truck or even some horses, and a few tough folks kept hauling through the Great Depression and WWII. As roads improved, many of these companies became large operations with ample semi-trucks, trailers and places to haul. This book is a concise history of the pioneers in trucking and how they grew their truck empires. From the east coast to the west coast, most of the companies started out very small regionally and with acquisitions and mergers became the big names in trucking hauling all over America. Each company includes a history, maps of their truck lines and a photo or more of their fleet or rigs they used at an epochal point in their history. Ron Adams has been collecting truck literature and photographing trucks for over 40 years and has a vast knowledge of the trucking industry and has made a name for himself in truck books. By M.K. Terebecki. Published in 2004 by Pioneer Press, 123 pages, black and white, soft cover. Contains histories of AAA Cooper, Averitt Express, Crouse Cartage, Defazio Express, Floyd and Beasley, G.I. Trucking, Graves Truck Line, Inc., Highway Express, Kroblin Transportation Systems, Matlack Tank Line, Nelson Freightways, Preston Truck Line, Shanahan's Express, Southeastern Freight Lines, Stech Transportation, and Schwerman Trucking Co. (now owned by Tankstar, USA, Inc.) By M.K. Terebecki. Published in 1999 by Pioneer Press, 203 pages, black and white, soft cover. Contains histories of Billings Freight, Commercial Motor Freight/Indiana, Crouch Bros, C.R. England, Evans Delivery, Goggin Truck Line, Greenstein Trucking, Herriott Trucking, Huber & Huber Motor Express, IRC&D, International Transport, Jones Truck Lines, Keystone Freight Lines, Midwest Emery Freight, PIE (pictorial), Rimes Trucking, Selover Trans., Smiths Transfer, Standard Trucking, U.S. Truck Lines (Be-Mac, Brown Express, CCC Highway, Central Truck Lines, Mercury Freight Lines, Motor Express & Motor Express of Indiana), West Brothers Freight, and Youngblood Truck Lines.
Traveling with Greyhound: On The Road for 100 Years by Robert Gabrick White Trucks 1900 - 1937 by Don Bunn White Trucks of the 1950s
White Trucks of the 1950s
Our Price: $36.95
Bringing Americans together by bus for 100 years, Greyhound is one of the top iconic names of the Twentieth Century with their running dog logo. It all started with Carl Wickman and partners when they offered a fare of 15 cents one way or 25 cents round-trip between Alice and Hibbing Minnesota, in a large Hupmobile -which was a hit amongst the iron mine workers. The business quickly prospered and eventually became the empire that it is today. Greyhound's goal of providing city to city service helped lead the country in bus travel, allowing the public a chance to sight-see coast-to-coast and border-to-border, visit far-away loved ones, or escape to vaster lands with greener pastures. By expanding bus lines, building bus depots and Post Houses, and with outstanding promotional efforts, Greyhound pioneered an industry. As the full story of the Greyhound company unfolds, the book is illustrated with wonderful old bus photos, artistic ads and timetables that depict a more fanciful era (one that made riding on a Greyhound romantic) and then takes a journey through the eras that follow (like the one with the famous Scenicruiser) and into today's modern buses. Take this nostalgic look back at a wide-ranging collection of White truck photographs, beginning with the first White models up through the ultra-streamline examples of the late 1930's.  White trucks worked at a variety of applications, including dump trucks, sedan deliveries, express, step vans, highway freight, tractor-trailer, buses, tankers, and more.  A fascinating chronicle of the early years of one of Americas earliest and most successful truck manufacturers. White Motor Company was a major producer of American trucks between 1919 and 1980 with its primary manufacturing facilities in Cleveland, Ohio. The company began as a sewing machine manufacturing concern founded in 1876 by Thomas H. White and expanded by his sons into steam and gasoline-powered automobiles; however, it was in the trucking field that White made its mark. During its production years, White offered a broad array of light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks before concentrating on the latter from the 1960s on. In addition to its brand name, White purchased and/or marketed a litany of other trucking manufacturers, including Reo, Diamond T, Diamond Reo, Autocar, Whitehorse, PDQ, Western Star, and White Freightliner trucks. White fell on hard financial times and declared bankruptcy in 1980. The named lived on for awhile in the 1980s under the parentage of corporate giant Volvo. This book reviews White medium and heavy-duty truck models in roughly the decade of the 1950s, including the WC, 3000, 4000, 5000, and 9000 series.
White Trucks of the 1960s by Barry Bertram White-Freightliner Trucks of the 1960s
By Barry R. Bertram. White Motor Company was a major producer of American trucks between 1919 and 1980 with its primary manufacturing facilities in Cleveland, Ohio. The company began as a sewing machine manufacturing concern founded in 1876 by Thomas H. White and expanded by his sons into steam and gasoline-powered automobiles; however, it was in the trucking field that White made its mark. During its production years, White offered a broad array of light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks before concentrating on the latter from the 1960s on. In addition to its brand name, White purchased and/or marketed a number of other trucking manufacturers, including Reo, Diamond T, Diamond Reo, Autocar, Whitehorse, PDQ, Western Star, and White Freightliner trucks. White fell on hard financial times and declared bankruptcy in 1980. The named lived on for awhile in the 1980s under the parentage of corporate giant Volvo. This book reviews White medium and heavy-duty truck models in roughly the decade of the 1960s, including the 1500, 4000, 5000, 7400, and 9000 series. In 1951, Freightliner signed an agreement with the White Motor Co. to sell Freightliner trucks through White Dealerships. The trucks became White-Freightliner, gaining momentum through the 1950s and exploding in sales through the 1960s. As you look at the photos on the pages of this book, you will see just a few of the many different customers and hauling jobs they did in the peak of their popularity. Small, medium or large hauling jobs, White-Freightliners fit right in to the needs of the trucking industry.