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Hershey | Lot 165

1916 American LaFrance Speedster

$118,250 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania

9 October 2014


Engine No.
4287
  • Massive T-head, six-cylinder engine
  • Powerful and imposing

Est. 100 bhp, 855 cu. in. T-head inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, and chain-drive rear axle. Wheelbase: 117 in.

The American LaFrance Fire Engine Company, which was known primarily for their fabulous fire trucks, made an unknown quantity of road vehicles for a short period before World War I. At no time did the famous Elmira, New York, firm envision readjusting its priorities to road cars, but the ones that were built were all done to order and regarded as “mighty fast.”

This unique Speedster is powered by a massive T-head, six-cylinder engine, which is mated to a three-speed manual transmission and impressive chain-drive gearing. It was built from a 1916 American LaFrance fire truck and is nicely finished in cream with tasteful red pinstripes, which match the red chassis and undercarriage. The cockpit area, which has right-hand drive, features beautifully tufted individual seating in brown leather and a beautifully finished wood dashboard. Along with the wooden-spoke wheels, this car features dual rear-mounted spares, an imposing header side-pipe exhaust, strategically placed grab handles, a monocle windscreen, a moto-meter, a side-mounted toolbox, plated headlights, a steering column, and a radiator shell, as well as a nicely detailed cylindrical fuel tank with a painted family crest.

Whether on display or at speed, this American LaFrance has a commanding presence and is sure to impress.

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