Founded in Philadelphia by one James Wilson way back in 1819, William M. Wilson's Sons started out by offering painting, glazing, and wholesale distribution services.
In the early 1900s, Wilson's Sons became a steel drum distributor, and added petroleum dispensing equipment in the early 1920s. In 1928, they manufactured their first pump, adopting the Gasboy brand name. Their development of the first combination pump and tank package for farms in the 1930s, was the beginning of a company history of innovative solutions designed to meet the unique needs of their customers.
During the 40's, 50's and 60's, Wilson's Sons continued to be the industry leader in the development and advancement of petroleum dispensing products. The first continuous flow hand pump, the first compact electric pump designed for consumers, the first direct drive transfer pump, the first automatic fuel management system, and the first integrated POS system are just a few of the many innovative products designed to meet the changing needs of the market.
In 1986, due to the world-wide recognition of its Gasboy brand name and an international focus, Wilson's Sons officially changed its name to Gasboy International.
Now as it nears its third century, Gasboy continues to push the boundaries of innovation as a leading supplier of fuel management systems and fleet dispensers.
This compact yet characterful example, branded for Gulf Oil and thought to date from the mid 1950’s, has recently been imported from the USA, and unlike most of our vintage products it has undergone no restoration whatsoever. With pieces like this there’s obviously no question of reinstating the functionality so we prefer to let the patina of age speak for itself.
It comes complete with the original pump handle and at just 138cms tall it’s something of a gem, being so much smaller than the pumps we usually acquire. Delightful period styling and immense charm make this the perfect decorative accessory for petrol-heads everywhere.
It’s a gas!