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Lot 790
c.1922 Walter Snow Plow Truck Engine No.

Sold for US$ 2,530 inc. premium

MOTOR CARS

18 Sep 2004, 10:00 PDT

San Francisco

c.1922 Walter Snow Plow Truck
Engine No.: 67661
The history of the Walter Company is intertwined with chocolate, the Roebling family and the Mercer automobile, not necessarily in that order.

William Walter arrived in New York from Switzerland and developed a company for the manufacture of machinery to produce candy. He was successful and experimented with automobile development and introduced the Waltomobile in 1902. Soon, French design engineer Etienne Planche, a producer of elite motorcars, joined the firm and in 1906 the company relocated to an old brewery in Trenton, New Jersey. Thereafter the Roebling family of Brooklyn Bridge fame became involved and before long Walter was back in New York with his American Chocolate factory.

By 1909, Walter had formed the Walter Auto Truck Manufacturing Company in New York City. Early units were similar to other contemporary truck makers, but Alfred Mroz recalls that in 1911 a four-wheel drive truck was introduced based on the French Latil design, with the radiator behind the engine Renault-style.

With all-wheel drive, Walter had found its market. It produced a series of four-wheel drive trucks that were popular for construction and plowing snow. This particular snow plow truck is finished in green with a yellow chassis and wheels and trim, presumably, the colors of the Fifth Avenue Coach Lines of New York. Assigned unit number 29, this plow was equipped with worm-drive four-wheel drive and planetary hubs.

Powered by a big Waukesha four-cylinder, side-valve engine, the cylinders were cast in pairs and magneto ignition was employed. Bore was 4 1/2 inches and the stroke was a massive 6 1/4. Although the truck is believed to have been built in 1922, the plate for engine number 67661 indicates that it was built in August 1923. That could mean that the engine was changed later in the vehicles life.

A certificate of war necessity shows that the old Walters plow was in use as late as 1943. In complete unrestored condition, the top of the cab has been removed to facilitate transportation and storage.
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