1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188

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Lot 1212
1914 Dennis Fire Engine
Registration no. AR 5232 Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188

Sold for £ 39,100 (US$ 53,784) inc. premium
1914 Dennis Fire Engine
Registration no. AR 5232
Chassis no. 1240
Engine no. 7188

Footnotes

  • Long synonymous with fire engine manufacture, Dennis of Guildford in Surrey actually entered the field by chance. The Dennis Brothers, John and Raymond, had been bicycle makers during the 1890s, their "production line" the branches of a tree behind their shop on which components were hung as the cycles were assembled, before turning to motor cars. They subsequently developed an excellent shaft-driven commercial vehicle chassis – their customers included the balloon manufacturers Paddon & Sopwith and the Metropolitan Asylums Board – on which, in 1908, they decided to build a fire engine, using a pump supplied by Gwynnes of Chiswick. This was a centrifugal pump in which a rotating vane, rather than pistons, developed the pressure. The unit proved so successful on test that Dennis had no difficulty in selling it to the Bradford Fire Brigade. Encouraged by this sale, Dennis began to concentrate more and more on the manufacture of fire engines, and acquired the rights to a powerful turbine pump designed by an Italian engineer named Tamini, which they fitted from 1913.

    At first, Dennis used Aster engines like Merryweather, but eventually turned to the White & Poppe engine, to which they finally bought the manufacturing rights. By the time that the Great War broke out, Dennis were firmly established as suppliers of fire engines to the London Fire Brigade.

    The 5195cc White & Poppe engine of this particular engine was on test at Guildford in April/May 1914, but unfortunately the block of records covering this engine has been lost, and its early history is unknown.

    In 1978 Michael Banfield – who had known about this engine since 1962 – bought the Dennis for £3750 from the old-established firm of Arnolds (Branbridge's) Ltd of East Peckham, Kent, famous for having built the Benz-based Arnold Motor Carriage from 1896-98. They had lost the records for this engine in a flood in 1968, but retained its old buff log book. In 1978 Arnold's managing director R. Lowres wrote: "Examination of the Dennis records indicate that substantial modifications were made to the front end of the unit, the radiator and front axle assembly definitely being of later vintage (probably early 1920s)."

    With solid tyres and a Braidwood-type body still bearing the name of Arnolds (Branbridge's), this is a handsome example of the archetypical early motor fire engine, and is in running order. Its file includes not only that buff log book but also correspondence and a photocopy 1913 instruction book for the "Dennis Turbine Fire Engine".
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1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188
1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188
1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188
1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188
1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188
1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188
1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188
1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188
1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188
1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188
1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188
1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188
1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188
1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188
1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188
1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188
1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188
1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188
1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188
1914 Dennis Fire Engine  Chassis no. 1240 Engine no. 7188
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