1950 Crosley Firetruck

You don't have to be seventy years old to appreciate the appeal of this gorgeous Crosley "fire truck". Built in the early post-WWII years as an amusement park ride, it combines a Crosley pickup truck with a long custom built fifth wheel "hook and ladder" trailer with benches down both sides and safety restraints shaped like fire fighters' ladders to convey kids (of all ages) . Built by Overland Amusements in Lexington, Massachusetts, they were marketed to amusement parks, tourist attractions and carnivals. This example has been carefully restored without regard to cost by a St. Louis fire equipment dealer and is accordingly lavishly provided with fire equipment details including hoses, axes, bells and hose reels making it more of a piece of exotic fire equipment than the kiddie it was built to be. The extra stuff adds weight, however, so somewhere along the way its Crosley engine has been replaced by a 4-cylinder Jeep power plant driving through an automatic transmission. The capacity of its nearly 20' long trailer is something like 30 kids, exceeding the progeny of most grandpas but more than equal to being a birthday treat of legend. Pony rides and magicians pale by comparison with a continuing series of rides in this Crosley/Jeep Hook and Ladder. Its presentation will meet the standards of all but the most meticulous Pebble Beach judges and PB might create a special non-judged "miniature fire equipment" class. It would be very popular -- with both entrants and spectators.

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