Lot 207 - 1917 American LaFrance
|Estimate||£18,000 - £22,000|
|Result||Sold - £21,280|
The American LaFrance Fire Engine Company is one of the oldest fire apparatus manufacturers with roots that go back to approximately 1832. The company that went on to become American LaFrance built hand-drawn, horse-drawn and steam-powered fire engines. The International Fire Engine Company, corporate predecessor of American LaFrance, built some steam power fire engines between 1903 and 1907. Apparatus built by International included horse drawn steamers, hose wagons and hook and ladders to chemical engines, water towers and combinations. American LaFrance delivered its first motorised fire engine in 1907 and over the years, they built thousands of fire trucks including chemical engines, combination pumpers, aerial ladder trucks, Aero Chief snorkel trucks and airport crash trucks.
This American LaFrance was imported in 2013 and whilst not registered on UK plates, a NOVA certificate is available confirming all taxes and duties have been paid thus enabling any purchaser to register the vehicle if required. In need of restoration, we are advised by the vendor that everything seems present and correct although it appears to be some decades since this interesting short chassis, 9½ litre LaFrance has been driven on the road. Our inspection confirmed this to be quite a sound example, bearing in mind she is nearly 100 years old. A great winter project that will result in an historic vehicle eligible for virtually any rally in the world; for example the Peking to Paris rally which has featured an American LaFrance in all but one race; these handsome, robust vehicles are perfect for long distance endurance events.