Of all the companies that built motor fire apparatus in America in the 20th century, none has acquired the cult-like devotion accorded the truly distinctive products of the Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. With its front-mounted pump surmounted by a gleaming spherical air chamber, the Ahrens-Fox piston pumper projects irresistible aesthetic and mechanical appeal. Fire apparatus aficionados and collectors have all but elevated the classic Ahrens-Fox piston pumper to a firefighting deity. In this special collection, well-known fire apparatus historian Walt McCall has carefully selected the best of the best - including a gallery of 30 classic Ahrens-Fox fire engines in glorious color.
From the late 1940s through the 1950s, American LaFrance was by far the most popular fire truck manufacturer in the U.S. This collection chronicles the most intricate changes the manufacturer made to its revolutionary 700 Series in developing the short-lived 800 Series. Archival photographs are suplemented with articles from Americans LaFrance's corporate magazine and sales literature, as well as features that appeared in Popular Mechanics.