1984 Peterbilt Tractor

This Peterbilt single-sleeper tractor was owned by Werner Enterprises, a national freight carrier founded in 1956. As high speed, limited access highways were built, demand to move small goods created opportunities for trucking companies and truck builders. Tractor-trailers replaced freight trains for many types of products. Peterbilt began making log and lumber trucks in the late 1930s and was known for tailoring its custom designed trucks to the needs of truckers. Peterbilt also pioneered the use of aluminum, which allowed greater cargo weight within legal limits. Model 359, one of Peterbilt’s workhorses, was manufactured from 1967 to 1987.
Object Name
date made
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Peterbilt Motors Company
overall: 12 1/4 ft x 8 ft x 25 1/16 ft; 3.7338 m x 2.4384 m x 7.64438 m
ID Number
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Road Transportation
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Road Transportation
America on the Move
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Werner Enterprises, Inc.

Visitor Comments

6/13/2015 6:57:36 AM
Jeff Shaw
Saw it in person for the first time yesterday, wondering what engine it has? I thought the oil pan resembled a cummins but I couldn't quite tell. Thanks
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