Autocar Mondays – Firetrucks of the 60’s

Robert shares with us a shot of not just one but two Autocar Fire Trucks from companies in Delaware. The unit on the left with open top comes from the Hockessin Fire Company and complete with a Hahn pumper body and Detroit Diesel under the hood. The truck on the right is 1961 model with an Oren body. Originally this truck came equipped with a gas engine that was removed in favor of a, you guessed it, a Detroit. Currently wearing a Elsmere Fire Company signage some poking around the web reveals it started life with The Hockessin fire department as seen by this great collection of photos. That setback axle rescue truck is mean looking!

Autocar Fire Trucks

Thanks for the share Robert!

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3 Responses to Autocar Mondays – Firetrucks of the 60’s

  1. Zack says:

    They also had a really cool old Autocar rescue truck as well (photo not mine, got it from the internet). 🙂

  2. Hi, a small correction: The 1961 Autocar was indeed built for Elsmere and badged “164”. It was later sold to Hockessin (just 15 miles down the road, in Delaware) and badged “194” after they wrecked their 1960 Autocar. Appears it once again is sporting its original Elsmere colors and number.

    • David says:

      It was found by a past chief of Hockessin who bought it. He brought it back to Hockessin and then eventually donated it back to the Elsmere Fire Company. Several versions of paint schemes of these Autocars are on a page “Autocar Fire Apparatus” found on Facebook.

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