• Desirable garage-size fire truck
• Period-correct accessories
• Older prize winning restoration
This Fire Truck is titled as a 1927
Desirable garage-size fire truck
Older prize winning restoration
Wisconsin inline mono block four-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension on front and rear, mechanical brakes on rear wheels only; wheelbase: 135"
The roots of firefighting go back to the earliest pages of history, as every town had a crew to fight fires. With life and death hanging in the balance of how fast a horse could run, the race was lost more than won, but all of that changed when the motorcar entered the picture. Now, with a purpose-built vehicle with power and speed, firefighting became a science that was quickly on its way to saving lives. As one of the oldest fire apparatus companies in the world, American LaFrance traced its roots back to 1832 with horse drawn equipment and steam powered fire engines. By 1907, the company was building motorized fire engines and what followed were some of the best trucks in the world. Indeed, chemical engines, aerial ladder trucks, pumpers, and even airport crash trucks were all part of American LaFrance’s offering through the years. Sadly, it was only recently, in 2014, that this historic company ceased operations and became a chapter in the pages of history.
Offered here is a stellar example in the way of a 1927 American LaFrance Brockway Torpedo fire truck that was restored in the 1980s by Dr. Harvey Carter, Jr. with the help of his brother-in-law John McGee. The restoration was a family affair with Dr. Carter’s youngest son exquisitely gold leafing and pinstriping the truck before entering into his career in architecture. This fire truck served the prime years of its life in Gibsland, Louisiana, which is the town closest to the site of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde’s final shootout. This was LaFrance’s smaller, and most nimble, truck. Although small in size, it was fast and powerful thanks to its Wisconsin four-cylinder engine. The engine is free turning and the quality of its prize-winning restoration is still apparent today. The appeal of this truck is found in its short wheelbase, making it able to fit in an average garage and also makes trailering it to shows easy. This truck is fitted with several period-correct accessories that offer an authentic glimpse into firefighting from the past.
American LaFrance is a company with a long and rich history and this Torpedo highlights a unique chapter in their heritage. One can just imagine this gorgeous, restored truck in all its glory performing parade duty. The company may be gone, but the glory of firefighting is alive and well in the history and presence of this beautiful example from the past.
1924 American LaFrance Brockway Torpedo Fire Truck