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Lot 416: Chevrolet Pumper Fire Truck

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

Vintage trucks are becoming more prominent in the collector world, and this one is unique. It spent a hard life utilized by the U.S. Forest Service fighting forest fires in the scenic area around Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Powered by a classic Stovebolt Six, the Chevrolet has three hose reels and a ladder. Accessories include the obligatory flashing lights, a bell, siren, auxiliary klaxon horn and loudspeakers. There is so much equipment hung on the chassis that a left front fender side mount is necessary to carry the spare. Portable gear intended to be hand carried by the firefighters includes period heavy-duty lights and fire extinguishers.

It has received a restoration that enhances its use today. Many of the storage compartments have been insulated and converted to coolers to accept refrigerated beverages and other picnic gear.

The uses for a collectible like this are unlimited. You will certainly be welcome at any parade in your hometown. Other thoughts are to take advantage of the cooler capacity for tailgating at you favorite spots event, or making your kids or grandkids the envy of their school and their competitor's by showing up at their soccer games.

After serving in Idaho, it eventually made its way to Spokane, Washington where it was restored in the late 1980s. It was kept in dry storage in Washington until Sam acquired it in 1993. Besides all its other attributes, this fire truck even has a remarkable provenance. Well-known vintage racer and concours entrant, Bruce McCaw, once owned it.

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeCommercial
Lot Number416
Estimate$7000-$9000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$8000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$9360
Year1935
Condition rating0
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Mileage-
Chassis number6QD054351
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