1932 LaSalle 345B

There is no better evidence of the power and strength of the classics than the many of them that have been made over into trucks, busses and -- in many cases -- wreckers and recovery vehicles. Big, strong, and torquey engines. Rugged frames, springs, and suspensions. Those are the elements of strong, reliable commercial vehicles. By now most of them have been re-bodied with roadster, touring car or phaeton coachwork, but not this 1932 LaSalle 345B V-8. Originally built as a coupe, it was later acquired by a fire department looking for a reliable, fast tractor for its hook and ladder. Following faithful service there it was again re-purposed (one of those wonderful made-up modern words) with this wrecker equipment. In recent years it has served as a push truck at Northeastern vintage oval track events where its appearance was nearly as much of a hit as the Watsons, Millers and Kurtises it got going. Equipped with an authentic old Canton Foundry & Machine Co. cast iron hand-cranked boom with chain lifting gear, it has been preserved largely as it was when first modified from its coupe body with its striking Harley Earl designed coachwork. The interior upholstery is original (or very old.) In addition to the wrecker boom it has a full complement of towing equipment including a fuel can, fire extinguisher, fireman's axe (left over from its midlife re-purposing?) and the wooden push bar that has started so many race cars in recent years. There are vehicles with character, and then there's this 1932 LaSalle 345B Wrecker, which oozes character, patina and history. It will be an important and unusually useful part of any collection.

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