Alexis De Sakhnoffsky Trucks


Count Alexis De Sakhnoffsky (1901 - 1964) was one of the prominent industrial designers and illustrators of the 'Streamline design' period. His association with White Motor Company led to creation of numerous truck designs. Some of them were implemented in real life while other remained as drawings. The most well-known streamlined trucks designs by de Sakhnoffsky were manufactured for Canadian Labatt's brewery on the basis of White trucks.

Streamlined Tractor Truck 1938

The model is based on patent D108,827 filed in July 1937, accepted in March 1938. Some parts of the model are omitted in favor of the closeness to the patent drawings. I have no information on whether this particular truck has ever been manufactured. However, the truck bears some resemblance to Labatt's streamliner built in 1937; I would hopefully model it one day. I have assumed that like Labatt's streamliners this tractor truck was manufactured on the basis a White coe truck (also shown in the first figure).
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The side windows of the truck are made flat, while they could possibly be curved according to the patent: I am not sure about this matter. However, Diamond T-based Texaco "doodlebug" streamlined tankk truck built in 1933 had curved windows; thus the technology was available in the 1930s.
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