1910 White

  • Owner: Richard C. Paine, Jr. Automobile Charitable Trust
  • Manufacturer: White Motor Company (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Model: Style MM
  • Bodystyle: Pullman Touring
  • Number produced: 1408
  • Engine: MM41 compound steam engine
  • Horsepower: 40
  • Wheelbase: 121
  • Brakes: Service/foot brake is external-contracting band; handbrake/emergency is internal-expanding
  • Suspension: As heavily sprung as a fire engine
  • Special features: Generator, sometimes incorrectly called a “boiler”
  • Additional info: The White uses a more advanced technology than the basic steam technology of the Stanley steam cars. It operates more like an internal combustion power plant with the advantages of both gas and steam-internal and external. Unlike the direct drive of the Stanley vehicles, it has a differential and drive shaft. On July 4, 1910, boxer Jack Johnson (The Geveston Giant) defeated James Jeffies (The Boilmaker) to become the first African American Heavyweight Champion of the World. Both trained using 1910 White vehicles as their pace cars. Jeffries used a steam car; Johnson, the gasoline model. The fight was referred to as the “Battle of the Century.”