Lot 172 - 1942 International K6 Fire Engine

Lot 172 - 1942 International K6 Fire Engine

Lot 172 - 1942 International K6 Fire Engine

Lot Number 172
Registration YWG 586
Chassis Number K6R13599
Engine Number BLD2504303
Odometer reading 76,497 miles
Result Sold - £12,880
  • Originally built for the Singapore fire service
  • Perfect for motoring events or a commercial enterprise

The International K and KB series are trucks that were produced by International Harvester, the first being the K introduced in mid 1940. In total there were 42 models, 142 different wheelbase lengths and load ratings ranging from 1/2 ton to 90,000 lbs. They are best known for their durability, pre-war design in a post-war era, and low price. The heavy duty K6 and larger use a centre hinged butterfly hood rather than the rear hinged hood of the smaller trucks. K6 and K7 share the same hood, fenders, and grille and use the smaller Blue Diamond engines.

This K6 truck is a part of history, originally built for the Singapore fire service by International in the USA. Before it could be delivered, the bombing of Pearl Harbour had taken place, and Singapore was invaded, the truck was therefore diverted to Australia where it spent its entire working life as the fire truck of a rural community near Brisbane. It was decommissioned in the 1980’s after which it fell into a state of disrepair until a local enthusiast took on the extensive renovation project. Taking two years to complete, it was fully restored to its original glory and became a regular sight at the car and truck shows around Brisbane. After this initial project, he went on to amass a further 17 fire trucks, all of which he restored to show condition. On a visit to Australia, our vendor saw this truck advertised, and immediately flew up to Brisbane where it was love at first sight. He had the truck shipped back to the UK and undertook the conversion to the fun dining truck it is today. The vendor declares he has had fabulous fun with her, including family and children’s parties, hosting lunches at Goodwood, attending various charity events and numerous classic shows.

Equipped with a built-in microwave cooker, matching crockery set and 3 brass helmets, tea and coffee station and even a kitchen sink, comfortably seating 8-10 (depending on sizes) it is described as 100% fun. Reported to start and drive very well, albeit not fast, this K6 is ready to continue service as a fun hobby, or perfectly capable of becoming a fantastic commercial operation.

Guide price £20,000 - £25,000

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