American LaFrance is rightly regarded as one of the giants of fire equipment production in the United States. Founded in 1873, it became a leader in gasoline powered fire apparatus in the early 20th Century and the company itself says the 1916 American LaFrance pumper, like this outstanding example, "performed so well it literally spelled the end of the steam engine." This 1916 American LaFrance pumper was meticulously and thoroughly restored for a fire company in the U.S. upper Midwest and it is fully equipped with all the fire apparatus, accessories and paraphernalia which active firefighters appreciate for authenticity and effect. It has spotlights, sirens, ladders, gauges, warning lights, search light, nozzles, hoses, siphons and axes galore and has been prepared, plated, painted and polished to beyond perfection. It is jewelry in motion. Importantly, the firefighters for whom it was restored placed value on its utility and reliability and had its American LaFrance inline six cylinder engine replaced by a 60's era Chevrolet "stovebolt" six driving through the original transmission and driveline. It is an ideal parade and show vehicle which will make an immediate impression wherever it appears.
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