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Lot 470A
1920 American-La France Type 40 Fire Pump

US$ 35,000 - 45,000
£ 27,000 - 35,000

MOTOR CARS

3 May 2003, 10:00 PDT

San Francisco

1920 American-La France Type 40 Fire Pump
Although the American-La France company built a handful of automobiles prior to WWI, its main business was always the building and selling of fire trucks. Based in Elmira, New York, the firm was originally famous as a manufacturer of steam-powered fire pumpers before motorising its first apparatus around 1907 using four cylinder T-head engines designed by New Yourk neighbours Simplex. The positive-displacement rotary gear pumps were of the company's own design. Long famous for its high quality machines with their distinctive dual chain final drive, American-La France was the most widely recognised name in the industry. The Type 40 350gal/min pumper offered here was delivered new to Atlantic Iowa in 1920. Copies of all the pump tests and equipment delivery manifests together with much other documentation are included in the sale. This rig underwent a frame-up, body-off restoration in the late 1990s following of burnished gold leaf completed the restoration in 2002. Much original equipment is included and the 3.5" hard-suction hose has recently been renewed using the original fittings. Most of the nickel plate is original, being "too good to re-plate" in the vendor's opinion. At a diminutive 18' in length, this compact rig is relatively easy to transport.
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