DT: 1955 International R-170 Fire Truck

Up for auction is this 1955 International R-170 Fire Truck. Introduced in 1953 as the replacement for the International L-Series, the R-Series marked the introduction of four-wheel-drive vehicles for International and retained the Super Blue Diamond BD-269 engine from the L-series.  Offered in light, medium, and heavy-duty guise for a range of applications, the R-Series trucks saw widespread industrial use as school buses, pickups, panel trucks, chassis-cab vehicles, tandem-axle semitractors, and fire engines.  Acquired from a private collector in Southern Florida, this classic fire truck has since received a full tune-up, a new brake booster, and is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Florida.

Exhibiting a beautiful natural patina, this R-170 is finished in red and features hand-painted accent stripes, polished fittings, emergency lights, a dually rear axle, and a pump control panel with an engine-turned aluminum gauge surround.  Red-painted steel wheels are mounted with a set of heavy-duty Firestone tires. The bed of the truck is fitted with a vintage cotton canvas fire hose and antique fire extinguishers are mounted on either side of the tailgate.

Inside, the cabin features a black vinyl bench seat with contrasting white piping. Additional equipment includes a pair of analog gauges, siren and light controls, a locking glove box, manual roll-up windows, and a black plastic floor liner.  A metal tag affixed to the door of the glovebox shows this vehicle was originally equipped with a “NoSPIN Differential” manufactured by Detroit Automotive Products Corporation.

Power comes from a 4.4L Super Blue Diamond BD-269 inline 6-cylinder engine which produces up to 101 HP and drives the wheels through a 5-speed manual gearbox. A full tune-up was carried out in preparation for sale along with the installation of a new brake booster.

This sale will include a vintage first aid kit, fire hose, fire extinguishers, and a clean title.

 
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Comments (14)

  • pcarmatt996 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $14,000

  • texacoSC 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $12,000

  • fercomotors (seller) 2 weeksago

    Best of luck everyone.

    If you have any questions feel free to reach out.

  • pcarmatt996 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $10,000

  • texacoSC 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $7,500

  • fercomotors (seller) 2 weeks, 1 dayago

    Link to walk/driving around video:

    https://youtu.be/CUL2D7gJmg8

  • pcarmatt996 2 weeks, 1 dayago

    Bid in the amount of $5,000

  • rsbuys 2 weeks, 1 dayago

    Bid in the amount of $1,500

  • TheMoose 2 weeks, 1 dayago

    Bid in the amount of $1,250

  • mee418 2 weeks, 2 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $1,000

  • fercomotors (seller) 2 weeks, 6 daysago

    Welcome to our 1955 International Fire Truck auction. I will be available for the next week to answer any questions that arise. The truck is available for viewing at our Miami location. Feel free to reach out for any additional information.

    Good luck!

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DT: 1955 International R-170 Fire Truck
Buy Now: $17,000 Final Bid: $14,000