1925 American LaFrance Fire Engine *WITHDRAWN*
|Odometer reading||4,932 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £12,000|
- Appeared in the recent Tim Burton film ‘Dumbo’
- Owned by an American LaFrance enthusiast
DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL, THIS LOT HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN FROM THE AUCTION
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, built thousands of fire trucks including chemical engines, combination pumpers, aerial ladder trucks, Aero Chief snorkel trucks and airport emergency trucks. The company has recently undergone a major rebirth and is once again producing custom fire trucks and other emergency vehicles.
This American LaFrance was manufactured in circa 1925 and is fitted with a twelve litre, six cylinder engine. To aid efficiency and reliability, twin spark plugs are fitted to each cylinder. Aesthetically, this is such a handsome fire truck of the period with an open cabin, standing room on the rear and a plethora of gauges and switches. The artillery wheels are synonymous with a vehicle of this age and she is still fitted with ladders and search lights. Livered in the name of Haverstraw, New York, this fire truck has recently been owned by an American LaFrance enthusiast for a number of years. This iconic fire truck has recently appeared in the film 'Dumbo' filmed at Pinewood Studios and is supplied with a V5 registration document. We are advised this fire truck runs, although will require further light recommissioning before regular use.
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