1970 American LaFrance Pumper – American LaFrance was incorporated in 1904, but can trace its history to a period several years before that. In 1832, John Rogers began building hand-operated fire in Waterford, New York. The company changed hands, and by 1841, was owned by Lysander Button. Production continued under the name of Button & Blake and steam fire engines were built in the latter part of the 19th century. In 1891, Button merged with three other steam fire engine builders (Silsby, Ahrens and Clapp & Jones) to form the American Fire Engine Company. In 1873, Truckson LaFrance and a number of investors founded the LaFrance Manufacturing Company in Elmira, New York, where it manufactured, among other things, steam fire engines. The company was renamed LaFrance Fire Engine Company in 1880. In 1900, Chicago industrialist Charles Locke consolidated the American Fire Engine Company, the LaFrance Fire Engine Company and other manufacturers to form the International Fire Engine Company. However, the new entity proved unwieldy and was restructured again in 1904. The new company took the names of its most prominent components, American and LaFrance, to form American-LaFrance.
At just over 50 years of age, it’s amazing to find such a well maintained ALF Pumper! We have only driven this truck a few miles and it definitely wasn’t in route to put out any fires. But, it starts easy, the horns/sirens work, the air brakes function as they should and all the basic fire fighting equipment looks to be present. Highlights include; Diesel Engine, Morse Slapshift, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Defroster/Heater, Black Vinyl Seats, Sliding Rear Window, Chrome Mirrors, Chrome Bumper, Diamond Plate Running Boards, Plenty of Storage, RD Murray Fire Apparatus, 20″ Chrome Wheel Simulators, and Thick Firestone T520 Radials. Whether you are from a smaller community fire department (with therefore a tighter city budget) or just want something great to use in local parades, you can’t beat this iconic American LaFrance for only $22,900! The hours show 1,100 and the miles read just under 20k. No records are present but the amazing condition of this pumper offers every sign that these are accurate. Contact us today to discuss how easy it is to become this newest caretaker of this iconic fire truck.