Magnificent original Ahrens-Fox CT4 Triple Pumper!  Very rare 1 of approximately 5 built featuring a massive 935ci Inline 6 cylinder valve-in-head engine and 6 piston front pump capable of moving 1,000 gallons of water per minute!  Iconic fire trucks built with precision by the hands of Cincinnati craftsmen and used all over the world, including Tokyo, Japan!  Known collectively among enthusiasts as the Rolls-Royce of fire trucks.  Exceedingly rare to find today, especially in original, operable condition like this!  What an outstanding piece of history!! Horse-drawn steam powered fire pumpers were the standard firefighting apparatus of the late 19th Century, almost all of them using boiler technology patented by Charles Fox of Cincinnati, Ohio. Chris Ahrens began building fire apparatus in 1870, forming Ahrens Manufacturing Company in 1875. By 1910 the company had become known as Ahrens-Fox and continued to build from their Cincinnati, OH facility. In 1919 the company introduced and patented the first modern triple-combination, self-propelled pumper. While other manufacturers used centrifugal or rotary-type pumps, Ahrens-Fox preferred a 4-cylinder piston pump which was well proven in the field and widely known and accepted by fire departments. Ahrens-Fox, perhaps reflecting Charles Fox’s experience as a fire fighter in Cincinnati, became known for the high quality of its apparatus. Their last example was delivered in 1952 to Hope Hose Company #1 in Tarrytown, New York.

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