Note: This feature is in the December TT&C 2021 issue.
The Western Star 49X model features chrome wheels, dual chrome exhaust stacks, diamond plate cab steps, rubber tires and real rubber mudflaps.
Western Star Trucks was founded in 1967 when its parent company at the time, White Motor Company, created a new brand of trucks known as White Western Star. This new line of trucks was specifically designed to address the demands of the logging and oilfield markets, predominantly located in the western United States and Canada. The trucks were successful in their intended markets and became very popular.
In 1981, the parent company, White Motor Company, was sold to Volvo. Western Star was not included in the deal and became an independent company, dropping the “White” from its name.
In 2000, Western Star was acquired by Daimler Trucks North America, where it remains today. Daimler Trucks markets Western Star as its premium line of heavy-duty trucks. Western Star states that its trucks offer “purpose-built models that compete in the vocational and extreme-duty markets.”