1920 American LaFrance Fire Truck


Engine: F.our-cylinder T-head
Gearbox: Three-speed manual
Power output: 75 HP

About our 1920 American LaFrance Chemical Engine

Our beautiful chemical engine is powered by the T-head four-cylinder engine with dual ignition and two spark plugs per cylinder. It was first purchased by an Iowa fire company and was used for many years before being retired by a more modern and powerful unit. It is still complete with the original order documents and manuals from date of delivery.  Today it is capable as ever and still sees regular action in parades and vintage gatherings.

History of the 1920 American LaFrance Chemical Engine

With its roots going back to 1832, America LaFrance is perhaps the oldest and most recognized of all manufacturers of fire trucks. From the dawn of fire protection American LaFrance was there employing horse drawn and later steam powered fire trucks. In 1907 the first motorized trucks were hitting the streets of America in multiple capacities. Some were ladder trucks, some were hose trucks, and combination pumpers, and many were purpose built chemical trucks for extinguishing oil, electrical and aircraft fires.