1929 American LaFrance Type #147 Service Car with 600gpm pump  Chassis no. 6516

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1929 American LaFrance Type #147 Service Car with 600gpm pump
Chassis no. 6516

Sold for US$ 6,600 inc. premium
1929 American LaFrance Type #147 Service Car with 600gpm pump
Chassis no. 6516
Founded in 1873 by Truckson LaFrance and based in Elmira, New York, the LaFrance Manufacturing Company was originally famous as a maker of steam-powered fire pumpers, some 500-or-so of which had been sold by 1900. In 1903 the firm merged with the American Fire Engine Company (itself formed by the amalgamation of four smaller enterprises), becoming American-LaFrance. Steam-powered appliances continued to be made until 1914, but seven years previously the firm had motorized its first apparatus using four-cylinder T-head engines designed by New York neighbors Simplex. Long famous for its high quality machines with their distinctive dual chain final drive, American-LaFrance was the most widely recognized name in the industry. Unfortunately 2014 saw the sad demise of one of the most storied names in fire apparatus history.

This extremely rare service car is another amazing survivor. 6516 was ordered on January 20, 1929 by Moore PA, who had ordered a LaFrance Pumper with tank just a week or so before this one. LaFrance refers to the truck as a #147 Service Car with a 600gpm pump powered by a T38 6-cylinder engine. The truck was eventually transferred to the Prescott Park, PA Fire Department and from there it likely went into the Cox Collection. The #147 is an unusual model being a combination ladder and pumper – though the smallish pump likely means it was designated as a back up unit.

What makes this truck so special is its completeness. This truck has not been picked over like most old fire engines, and appears to have almost all of its equipment. The ladders, picks, and even the trampoline are present. On the dash all switch gears as well as its original speedometer are accounted for. The paint, though weathered, still reveals its extensive decoration and begs for a careful preservation.

Being a 1929, this truck represents the end of this classic period of American LaFrance. The new, more modern looking models would be introduced shortly after this type. This service car therefore represents the fullest development of the iconic American LaFrance.

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1929 American LaFrance Type #147 Service Car with 600gpm pump  Chassis no. 6516
1929 American LaFrance Type #147 Service Car with 600gpm pump  Chassis no. 6516
1929 American LaFrance Type #147 Service Car with 600gpm pump  Chassis no. 6516
1929 American LaFrance Type #147 Service Car with 600gpm pump  Chassis no. 6516
1929 American LaFrance Type #147 Service Car with 600gpm pump  Chassis no. 6516
1929 American LaFrance Type #147 Service Car with 600gpm pump  Chassis no. 6516
1929 American LaFrance Type #147 Service Car with 600gpm pump  Chassis no. 6516
1929 American LaFrance Type #147 Service Car with 600gpm pump  Chassis no. 6516
1929 American LaFrance Type #147 Service Car with 600gpm pump  Chassis no. 6516
1929 American LaFrance Type #147 Service Car with 600gpm pump  Chassis no. 6516
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