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1921 Seagrave 12-Litre Fire Engine Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. 27627

Sold for £16,875 inc. premium
Lot 458
1921 Seagrave 12-Litre Fire Engine
Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. 27627

1921 Seagrave 12-Litre Fire Engine
Registration no. to be advised
Chassis no. 27627

Odometer reading: 8,734
MOT: Exempt

*Built by the USA's oldest fire-fighting equipment manufacturer
*Ex-City of Jackson Fire Department
*Imported into the UK in 2015
*Used for local rallies and events

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The oldest manufacturer of fire-fighting apparatus in the USA, the Seagrave company was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1881 by carpenter Fredric Seagrave, whose breakthrough product was a ladder of superior design and construction. Seagrave moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1891, and in 1902 introduced a spring-raised aerial ladder that did away with the need for human muscle-power to erect it. This device was widely copied and Seagrave continued to innovate, introducing a motorised front-wheel-drive fire appliance in 1915, replacing the traditional horse-drawn and steam-powered vehicles. Seagrave remained in Columbus until 1963 when it moved to Clintonville, Wisconsin following its purchase by FWD, another company with a rich history in producing fire apparatus under its own brand. FWD had been founded in 1909 as the Four Wheel Drive Automobile Company, and quickly established itself as the foremost manufacturer of heavy-duty chassis for both military and commercial applications. Seagrave remains in Clintonville today and continues produce a comprehensive range of fire-fighting apparatus.

Formerly in service with the Fire Department in the City of Jackson, Mississippi, this magnificent Seagrave fire engine was imported and registered in the UK in 2015, since when it has been used for various local rallies and events while in the current ownership. It comes fully equipped with ladders, hoses, etc, and we are advised that the 12-litre six-cylinder engine starts and runs very well.

Vendor Score Total: 75 /100

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Key for sellers' assessments:
1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

Body Work: 4
Paint: 4
Glass: 2
Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 4
Wheels/Tyres: 4

Gearbox/Clutch: 4
Axles: 4
Suspension: 4
Brakes: 4

Seats: 4
Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 4
Headlining: 4
Trim: 4

Main components: 4
Ancillary components: 4

Starting: 4
Running: 4
Under Bonnet: 4
Mechanical components: 4

Car History File: 1

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