1930 Ahrens Fox Model V Fire Truck

Ahrens-Fox can trace its roots back to a company called Latta that built a steam-powered fire engine in Cincinnati in 1852. Chris Ahrens was an apprentice at Latta at the time and would eventually assume ownership before merging with American LaFrance in 1903. Ahrens, his son-in-law Charles Fox and several other family members then left to form what became Ahrens-Fox in 1910. Ahrens-Fox quickly gained a sterling reputation for its fire apparatus and boasted that it built nearly every part of them at the factory in Cincinnati, even the giant engines. Ahrens-Fox also built very fine horse-drawn fire apparatus, but after 1912 it focused exclusively on vehicles with engines. Often considered the Cadillac of fire apparatus, the Ahrens-Fox is instantly recognizable and highly respected for its innovation and high quality.

This 1930 Ahrens-Fox Model V Fire Engine originally served with the Falmouth, Massachusetts Fire Department for many years. Subsequently, it was acquired by an enthusiast who commissioned a meticulous body-off restoration to its original specifications, completed in 2013. The restoration, done to a very high standard and with authenticity in mind, included Ahrens-Fox #1 red lacquer paint, 23-karat gold leaf lettering, green trim, all new oak wood replacing the original, running boards and tail board covered in green battleship linoleum, new windshield glass and rubber molding, and reupholstered black leather bench seating.

Although the drivetrain had less than 10,000 original miles, it underwent a full inspection and necessary repairs. As part of the restoration, the Ahrens-Fox's brake system was completely rebuilt, including the vacuum assist, new brake shoes, and wheel cylinders. It was also fitted with 700x20 tires, tubes, and flaps, as well as all new electrical wires, including the magneto and distributor.

Lavishly and properly equipped, it boasts period-correct hoses, an Akron Brass nozzle, a wooden axe, ladder, siren, spotlight, American Rubber MFG. suction hoses, a Champion brass and copper fire extinguisher, fire helmets, bell, 500-gpm gear pump, and an AF pike pole. Powered by a 428.4 cubic inch YXC-3 Hercules straight-six engine coupled to a Fuller four-speed transmission, this fully equipped fire truck has a commanding presence yet is compact enough to fit into a normal garage space.

This Ahrens-Fox is the cream of the crop when it comes to vintage fire vehicles. While many old fire trucks receive average quality restorations, this one has received the exquisite, top-notch concours restoration it deserves.


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