Automotive Firsts 1898 -1950
1898—the first truck, a Winton.
1907—First International Harvester.
1908—First Model T Ford.
1910—First White gasoline-powered truck; first American La- France fire engine.
1911—First Diamond T.
1912—First Brockway; first FWD.
1916—First Mack AC chain-drive Bulldog; Goodyear demonstrates pneumatic tires. The
big changeover is near.
1917—First Model T Ford truck; first Dodge truck.
1929—Timken introduces tandem drive axles.
1930—International Harvester uses “removable” cylinders; presumably the first production
1931—First Cummins diesel for truck use; American LaFrance introduces 245-hp V-12
1932—White develops pancake 811 cu in. 12-cylinder underfloor bus engine.
1936—First walk-in body built by Metropolitan Body Co.
1938—First Detroit Diesel two-cycle engines.
1939—First Peterbilt truck.
1940—First Freightliner built by Consolidated Freightways in Portland, Ore. shop.
1945—First Cummins NH Series high-speed truck diesel.
1949—First production tilt-cab, the White 3000 series COE.