1955 Dennis F8 4.5-Litre Fire Engine  Chassis no. 4158F8

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Lot 672
1955 Dennis F8 4.5-Litre Fire Engine
Registration no. JTY 551 Chassis no. 4158F8

Sold for £ 3,795 (US$ 5,220) inc. premium
1955 Dennis F8 4.5-Litre Fire Engine
Registration no. JTY 551
Chassis no. 4158F8
The name of Dennis Bros is inextricably linked with the manufacture of public service vehicles and more especially with the Fire Service. This petrol-engined tender was supplied new to the Northumberland County Fire Brigade and served at Rothbury during its operational life, later moving to Bellingham where it served as a backup water bowser for the Kielder Forest. The coachwork is by Alfred Miles Ltd, constructed to a special order when it was remodelled circa 1958 to provide an enclosed rear body. This body houses two Godiva FWMP pumps by Coventry Climax and is remarkably comprehensively equipped with all the essential nozzles and hoses, ladders, flashing blue lamps and searchlights. The crew cab seats six including the driver. Regularly rallied both in Yorkshire and further afield while in the hands of its preceding owner from 1991 until 1998, the vehicle was purchased by the current owner at Bonhams & Brooks’ Harrogate Sale on 15th November 2001 (Lot 451). Restored in September 2002, it is offered with Swansea V5 registration document and is both licence exempt under the historic rules and MoT exempt as an operational fire tender. Fire appliances are an ever-popular attraction at classic transport shows and other events, and this wonderful Dennis has been the lead vehicle at the Morpeth Fair for the past three years.
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