Description

    1928 AHRENS-FOX N-S-4 FULLY EQUIPPED FIRE TRUCK
    Approximate length 24 feet
    This Ahrens-Fox N-S-4 fire truck was originally ordered by the Biddeford, Maine, Fire Department in 1928. There's no way of knowing how many lives or how much property the truck has helped to save over the years, but there is a powerful presence to the vehicle. After decades of faithful service it has been spending retirement in the Reid Family Foundation, which funded a complete exterior and mechanical restoration in 1999. Great attention to detail was made with duplication of the original paint scheme and hand laid gold leafing. Fresh from a recent servicing and detail, this truck's 998-cu.in. six-cylinder, dual ignition engine fires right up, though it's not clear if the rig's pump can still deliver the same 1,000 gallons per minute that N models were originally rated at. Ahrens-Fox has long since been considered the Rolls Royce of Fire Trucks and, like a Rolls, this presents as an artistic and mechanical masterpiece . The historic Ahrens-Fox is being offered for sale for the first time since being acquired buy Glenn Reid, who served as a volunteer fireman in his youth and maintined a lifetime respect for historic fire equipment and his firefighting brethren. The engine has been shown at various events including the prestigious Meadowbrook Concours d'Elegance. Includes a full compliment of hoses, ladders, tools and firefighting accessories of the period.

    Heritage Auctions is grateful to Kurt Ernst and Hemmings Motor News for information included in this catalogue entry.




    Condition Report*:

    Lot includes some original registrations and copies of articles about the truck. The mileage shown on the odometer is innacurate as the speedometer no longer operates. Overall condition exceptionally good and original.  A very rare opportunity to acquire a historic American mechanical masterpiece.

    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    28th Wednesday
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