About this vehicle

Horses or mules drove milk wagons through residential streets in the 1800’s. With the introduction of trucks in the early 1900’s, milk delivery gradually became motorized. Because milk could spoil quickly, delivery by vehicles made it easier and faster to supply milk, cream, butter, and eggs to homes in the cities. For ease of entry, the “Standrive” allowed drivers to operate the vehicle while standing or sitting down. This was made possible by a two-position seat, a combination clutch and brake pedal, a gearshift mounted hand throttle, and a hand-operated starter. This is an example of the truck manufacturer working closely with the body maker to develop specialized products designed to meet the customer’s needs.

This rare, correctly restored milk truck was donated to the Elliott Museum in 2012 by the Elliott R. Donnelley family.


  • Engine: 4-cylinder, 201 cubic inches, side valve

  • Horsepower: 40

  • Transmission: Heavy duty 4-speed, sliding gear

  • Original price: $1,050