Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Land Rover Series 1 109" Fire Engine ex Cheshire Fire Brigade

Welcome to my auction for my 1957 Series 1 LWB Land Rover ex Cheshire County Fire Brigade.
It was first registered on the 1st of March 1957.
It is a 109” LWB Land Rover with a 1997cc petrol engine and standard 4 speed gear box with a hi / low transfer box and 2 and 4 wheel drive etc. 
It is a great useable classic that is MOT and Tax exempt and very cheap to insure (it only costs me £68 a year fully comp for 3,000 miles!)
The rear tub has huge capacity as it is 6’3” long by 5’ wide and can carry 1,500 lbs! 
The doors and windows lock!

I am selling it as I have not used it much recently and am short of space.

It went from the Land Rover factory to David Rosenfield Ltd a Land Rover dealer in Manchester
They supplied it to Cheshire County Fire Brigade as a L4P (light four-wheel-driven pump).
It was originally stationed at Hazel Grove.
It then moved to Stalybridge. I was a specialist Hi Expansion Foam Unit which is quite rare. It was probably converted to this configuration to meet the need for fire fighting at chemical plants in the area.
As a result it is much more useable than other fire engines as it does not have the normal water tank and pump etc so has all the LWB capacity and none of the extra weight of other fire engines.
It left the fire brigade on 14th of May 1975 and was sold at Bradshaws Auction Manchester. 
The previous owner did a lot of research and found all this history along with 8 photos of it in service! It is great to have all this history. I’ve included one of the photos in the listing so you can see the then and now comparison.
It lost it reg number a few years ago and carried reg no SSK504 for a while until very luckily I managed to track down it’s original number and buy it back. 
If you google SSK504 and / or YTU390, quite a lot of history comes up. 
It comes with British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate, correspondence about it's history, photos etc.

It is very original, I believe the engine, gear box etc are original but the engine number was not recorded on the log book / V5 or the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate so cannot be sure. It looks very similar to how it looked in the photos of it in the Fire Brigade.

It is in great condition for a 58 year old vehicle. It’s speedo only shows 5,725 miles but I do not think this is the original mileage. The chassis is very solid and the bulkhead is in great condition as well. The engine starts easily and runs very well and does not burn to use oil. Everything works as it should even the Winkworth Bell, I am sure it would easily pass an MOT although it is not required as it is MOT exempt. The body work is nice and straight and the paint work is good and looks very well but nether are perfect. It drive well, we drove it to France for the weekend a couple of years ago.