Monday, July 15, 2013

Our Very Red Whiting Automobile

by Willy Vinton
© Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

The 1910 Whiting Model A roadster finally got a little exercise this week. We went over it from end to end in the shop first to make sure all was in order, then took it out for a spin around Wedgewood Resort.




As you can see from these photos, it is a stunning little car. In 1912 Whiting truly became a "little" car after William C. Durant revamped it and renamed it the Little. A year later Durant dropped the Little, combined its best features with a design by Louis Chevrolet, and introduced the Chevrolet Light Six.
We know of only two surviving Whitings, so we are very fortunate to have one in our collection. It really is a fun "little" car with its monocle windshield and racy stance. The only downside to driving it--and many of the other museum cars--is that those white tires need to be cleaned after rolling on the pavement. Where oh where is our premier tire-cleaning docent, Terry??????


These photos were taken on the beautiful grounds of Wedgewood Resort, home to the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, Bear Lodge and the Wedgewood Suites. If you are visiting Fairbanks, please consider supporting the museum by staying at one of our partner hotels.

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