Lot 349 - 1989 Dennis Carmichael Fire Engine
|Result||Sold - £3,472|
The Dennis SS series fire engine was produced from the early 1980s until the 1990s. The Dennis SS was almost identical with the previous RS model. It incorporated the same cab design, engine and gearbox except the SS had a tilting cab which made maintenance and overhaul much easier. It could be fitted with a variety of bodies by Dennis and other coachbuilders such as JDC, Carmichael and Fulton Wylie. Even though the cab design of the SS dates from 1978, they are seen to this day in fire brigades throughout the world with many still in front-line use. Several variants were built. The earlier models (SS130-SS137) were powered by Perkins V8 engines, with both manual and automatic gearboxes. Later models (SS233-SS245) were powered by Cummins diesel engines. Most appliances had Kirkstall & Eaton axles fitted, front and rear respectively, some with limited slip differentials. All chassis came with a choice of 500gpm or 1,000gpm fire pumps, depending on application.
This 1989 Dennis SS235 with a Carmichael body saw service with the Humberside Fire Brigade for five years from 1989 to 1994. Fitted with an 8.2 litre Cummings diesel engine, this fire engine still has its original working water pump. In recent years, the water tank has been removed bringing the weigh below 7½ tons and it has been registered with DVLA as a limousine for party hire and therefore can be driven on a normal car licence. Of course it is still finished in fire engine red with black interior but it has had some additions to the cab to make it into a party limousine and is supplied with a V5C registration document and collection of old MoT test certificates. On offer at no reserve it would make an interesting addition to any collection. Price Guild £3,000 - £5,000
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.