1910 White Model G-A Five-Passenger Touring
Sold For $66,000Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
RM | Auctions - HERSHEY 11 - 12 OCTOBER 2012 - Collection of George Grew
20/30 hp, 226.4 cu. in. L-head four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, live rear axle with three-quarter elliptic leaf springs, and two-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 110 in.
• Offered from the collection of George Grew
• Early right-hand drive White gasoline car
• Older, well-preserved restoration
• Ideal for vintage touring
A leading manufacturer of steam cars for the first decade of the 20th century, in 1910, the White Sewing Machine Company introduced two internal-combustion models. They were so well received, with production that equaled that of steam cars, that White exited the steam automobile business after 1911.
The G-A was the smaller of two models offered in 1910. Both it and the larger G-B were carried over into 1911, but with left-hand drive. Right-hand drive, internal combustion Whites were built only in 1910. In 1918, White abandoned passenger cars to concentrate on trucks, so any gasoline White passenger car is rare today, particularly the right-hand drive models.
This nice example of the first White gasoline cars was restored by Don Boulton, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, prior to 1996, the year it was purchased by Dean McMinn, of Rochester, Michigan. McMinn did some machine work on the car before selling it to Ann and Bob Hayes, of New Jersey and Florida, in 2000. George Grew bought it from the Hayes family in 2003, shortly after the passing of his wife.
He was very pleased with the car—it had appealed to him for years, and he had negotiated with the Hayes family over a period of time. It made a New England debut at the 2009 Newport Concours d’Elegance in Rhode Island, where it won the Class Award. Attractive in maroon with matching leather seating, it shows just a few chips and some foxing of the glass windshield. Gas lighting is supplied by a Prest-O-Lite tank, warning by a bulb horn, and a running board tool box is handy for wrenches and supplies. It has been updated for touring with a 12-volt electrical system with alternator and starter. Newly recommissioned and detailed, it is ready for show or tour.