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1915 White Model Thirty RoadsterWhite, made in Cleveland, Ohio, was known in the pre-1910 era as the greatest and highest quality steam powered car in the world. Even President Wi..
US, 1900 – 1918
(1) White Sewing Machine Co, Cleveland, Ohio, 1900 – 1906
(2) The White Co, Cleveland, Ohio, 1906 – 1918Rollin H. White of the Cleveland sewing-machine concern produced their first White steam car in 1900. This White steam car was a light chain-drive Stanhope with tiller steering and a simple 2-cylinder under-floor engine. The White steam car had an underslung frontal condenser, and 193 White steam cars were sold in 1901, the first year of full production. This gave way in 1903 to a White steam car model with a front-mounted compound engine under a bonnet, condenser in the normal ‘radiator’ position, wheel steering, and shaft drive. These White car and subsequent White steam cars used a semi-flash type of boiler, and could run a hundred miles between fillings of water. Frames of the White steam cars were of armoured wood, and a tonneau White car cost $2.000. The White steam cars did well in early Glidden Tours, and racing versions, such as Webb Jay’s Whistling Billy with an underslung frame, were also successful; this White steam car covered a mile at 74.07mph. Theordore Roosevelt used a White steam car during his tenure of the White House. 1905 White steam cars had a 2-speed back axle, and also a ‘free engine’ enabling the pumpt to work without manufal assistance when the White car was stationary in traffic. 1906 was the best sales year for the White car company, with 1.534 White cars devlivered, but steam-car production was held at over 1.000 White steam cars a year to the end. By 1908, the White steam car company was offering two models, a 20hp White Model L at $2.500, and the big seven-seater Model K White car with a 10ft 2in wheelbase at $3.700. Joy valve motion replaced the Stephenson link type on 1909 White steam cars, which had both sets of brakes working on the rear wheels of the White car. White steam cars continued to be listed into 1911, though the 1910 White MM and White OO were the last new White steam cars. For the 1910 season the White car company offered a 3½-litre sv petrol car with a monobloc engine inspired by the Delahaye; the 4-speed gearbox of the White car had a geared-up top. This White car was joined in 1912 by a really big six rated at 60hp, and this White car was selling for $5.000, still with 4 forward speeds. Electric lighting and starting were added on these White cars during the year, and these 4- and 6-cylinder White cars were continued until 1916. The 1917 models White cars were 16-valve fours of over 6½-litres’ capacity, with magneto ignition, these White cars were selling at $5.000 upwards. By this time the White car company was firmly established in the truck field, and after 1918 private White cars and White steam cars were made to special order only, and in very small numbers. The last of these ‘special White cars’ was made in 1936. Rollin White was subsequently responsible for the Rollin car in 1923, while the White car firm also absorbed two truck-makers who had previously built private cars, Autocar and ReO.
George White Buggy Co, Rock Island, Ill.This White car was a high-wheel buggy, but the mounting of the engine at the front under a bonnet gave the White car more the appearance of an ordinary car than many of its kind. The engine of this White car was a 2-cylinder 12/14hp unit which drove via a 2-speed epicyclic gear and propeller shaft. Two- and four-seater bodies were available on White cars.
White Manufactuing Co, Waterloo, IowaThe White car was a cyclecar and used a 9hp ohv V-twin engine. This White car had chain final drive.
Source: Georgano, encyclopedia of motorcar; MCS, GNG
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