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Fire fighting vehicles have been around long before motorized vehicles and were among the first gasoline powered trucks to be built. They come in the form of simple pump trucks, tankers, ladder trucks, hook and ladder trucks, hose trucks and a variety of support and emergency vehicles. Most are painted the traditional red but they also can be found in yellow, white and even pink.

One of the most common manufacturers of antique fire fighting equipment is American LaFrance. The company started way back in the 1830s producing hand and horse drawn equipment that was either hand or steam powered. The Freightliner Truck Company, a division of Daimler AG, bought the company in 1995. American LaFrance filed for bankruptcy in 2005 and emerged two years later under new ownership, Patriarch Partners, LLC, with headquarters in Summerville, South Carolina.

There is nothing so appealing as a classic old fire engine with shiny brass and chrome fittings and they are often collected for personal use and parades. There are hundreds of fire trucks and related equipment listed for sale on AntiqueCar.com every year and these are some of our favorites. Click anywhere on the collage of pictures below to see more of the collection and get more information.

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