1927 International SF24 1½-ton Flat-bed Truck  Chassis no. 31356 Engine no. 4300

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Lot 376
1927 International SF24 1½-ton Flat-bed Truck
Registration no. BF 5538 Chassis no. 31356 Engine no. 4300

Sold for £ 6,900 (US$ 8,641) inc. premium
1927 International SF24 1½-ton Flat-bed Truck
Registration no. BF 5538
Chassis no. 31356
Engine no. 4300

Footnotes

  • International trucks were produced by the commercial vehicles division of International Harvester, a company created in 1902 by the merger of a group of agricultural equipment manufacturers. International Harvester is best known for its immensely successful 'Farmall' tractors, production of which commenced in 1924, though before then the company had diversified into the production of light commercial vehicles and trucks. The first of these was the high-wheeled, pickup-like Model A Auto Wagon of 1907, which was powered by an air-cooled 'flat twin' engine of 15hp. Production grew exponentially, rising from 73 units in 1907 to a staggering 2,465 by 1909. In 1916 an International became the first truck to scale the formidable Pikes Peak in Colorado.
    Demand for motorised trucks rapidly increased, accelerating all the more so after the USA entered WWI in 1918. International built almost 57,000 trucks at its Akron, Ohio plant between 1915 and 1925. In 1921 International had converted its Springfield, Ohio factory for truck production and it was from there that a new line of pneumatic-tyred 'speed' trucks would emerge. Built to take advantage of the USA's growing network of modern highways, these new Internationals would prove outstandingly successful, production increasing from some 7,000 units to over 39,000 in 1928. That same year the adventurers Baron Bror von Blixen-Finecke (of 'Out of Africa' fame) and Sir Charles Markham had crossed the Sahara Desert in a three-quarter-ton International truck, a journey of 1,880 miles. This was the first occasion that a successful crossing had been made by a four-wheeled production vehicle, providing conclusive proof, if any were needed, of the fundamental soundness and durability of the American company's products.
    A four-cylinder Lycoming-engined model, this International SF24 truck was previously stored in Tacoma, Washington State, undergoing partial restoration over the years including, it is unerstood, an engine rebuild. We are advised that the vehicle has been serviced, the oils changed and the brakes overhauled, and that it starts, runs and drives well, with good stopping power. The truck is described by the vendor as in generally good mechanical condition, though with the lights still to be wired up. MoT-exempt, it comes with current road fund licence and Swansea V5.
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1927 International SF24 1½-ton Flat-bed Truck  Chassis no. 31356 Engine no. 4300
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