- White was famous for its steam cars and trucks.
- This 1909 White was one of the last White steamers offered.
- In 1910, in addition to steam, White offered two gasoline models.
- In 1911, White concentrated only on gasoline-powered automobiles and trucks.
The White Sewing Machine Company of Cleveland, Ohio, was established in 1876 and produced sewing machines, skates, phonographs and lathes. In 1900, Rollin H. White designed and built a steam truck for the Denver Dry Goods Company. The truck was an immediate success and a second was ordered, the sewing machine company eventually changing its name to The White Motor Company. White steamers became famous, not only as trucks but also as passenger cars. In speed races, hill climbing contests and reliability runs, White established an enviable reputation. Their only significant competition came from the famous Stanley Steamers of Newton, Massachusetts.
This Model O Steam Touring represents one of the last steamers offered by The White Motor Company. In 1910, in addition to steam, the company offered two internal-combustion models, the smaller GA and larger GB. Steam vehicle sales dropped sharply in favor of the easier-to-operate gasoline models. In 1911, White concentrated only on gasoline-powered automobiles and trucks. In 1918, White dropped cars in favor of truck production.
In 1981 A.B. Volvo purchased some assets of White Motor Corp. to form Volvo White Truck Corp., based in Greensboro, North Carolina. Volvo White sold vehicles under the Volvo, White and Autocar nameplates. Then in 1988 Volvo GM’s nameplates were WHITEGMC and Autocar. The WHITEGMC nameplate was discontinued in 1995 and Volvo GM’s trucks were sold under the Volvo and Autocar nameplates.