Highwheeler vehicles of the early 1900s were designed to meet a very specific condition: Mud. Paved roads in 1912 were rare; most roads were existing dirt roads that were mud roads for much of the spring and fall months.
International Harvester Company’s light truck weighed only 2,155 lbs. and its 40-inch front wheels and 44-inch rear wheels meant there was a foot-and-a –half of ground clearance. It never was high-centered, even when it was churning through the mud.