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HamiltonThis full-page ad (160K JPEG) for the Hamilton Fire Patrol Jeep encourages retailers to "Hook your sales to a red-hot seller!" It lists dimensions of the body as approximately 20x41 inches, with a weight of 40 pounds.

The Fire Patrol Jeep was probably the inspiration for this famous ad for Texaco "Fire Chief" gasoline (40K JPEG).
 

Texaco
 

HamiltonThe description of the toy's features in the ad above includes "easy-to-reach siren mounted on hood," but this Hamilton belonging to Len Dunn mounts the siren in an much-easier-to-reach spot on the side, and puts a Hamilton logo ornament on the hood.
 

HamiltonAnother example photographed by Jacy Marquette at the 2012 Great Willys Picnic has a bell instead of the siren, and revised graphics on the side including pump gauges.

A similar Jeep (50K JPEG) photographed by Likauken in Baguio City, Philippines in 1970 has some similarities to the Hamilton and may have been partially based on it, but was probably locally manufactured.
 

StegerThe Steger Jeeps can be recognized by their wood sides and back attached to a steel front end. The fire version has "Fire Patrol" stencilled on the back, and grab handles and ladders on both sides. Photo courtesy Rick Leroy.
 

UnidentifiedBarry McCloskey found this fire Jeep with bell, whose distinctive V-shaped windshield suggests it may be a Sherwood design, as seen in a photo by D & S Pedal Car Restorations. See also a top view (20K JPEG) and front view (20K JPEG) photos of Barry's find. Does anyone have photos of a complete example of this toy?
 

Pedal Fire JeepThis unidentified toy has a longer hood than most, and a grille stamped outward instead of inward. See also a bottom view (20K JPEG) showing the pedal drive.

Jérôme Stevens in France sent a picture of another pedal fire Jeep (60K JPEG) of unknown manufacture. It has a rubber hose reel in the back, and the body has four sockets that appear to be designed for an overhead ladder rack, which would probably make it the most realistic of the pedal-car Fire Jeeps.
 

2009This brand-new pedal car, possibly made in China, was being sold on eBay.uk in early 2009. Chris Kistell sent some photos, saying "It is surpringly good quality for the price. Unfortunately it came in a plain cardboard box and has no manufacturers stamp. The assembly instruction sheet gives no clue as to where it originates from either. There was an advertising flyer (100K JPEG) included in the box but I think this is simply for the UK merchant not the manufacturer."

See the photos: left side, right side, front, rear (100K JPEGs).
 

VilacThis all-wood flatfender is another recent product, built until about 2004 by Vilac, a French company which makes a wide range of wooden toys. Jerome Stevens found it selling for about 400 Euros in late 2003. The fire Jeep version is complete with shovel.
 

ColombiaWell, it's not pedal-powered, but it's the most deluxe toy fire Jeep I've run across so I thought we should pass along this photo from a 2006 parade in Calarcá, Colombia. See more photos from the Yipao Festival in Calarcá on CJ3B.info.
 

Junior-ProThis photo, apparently from the 1950s, shows a carousel of Jeep fire engines based on the Junior-Pro pedal-drive Jeep. It's not clear whether the ladders and bells were added to the red Junior-Pros just for this ride, or whether the company may have actually built some as fire engines. See also another photo (50K JPEG).
 

Thanks to the contributors. This is one page where we could really use further photos and details. -- Derek Redmond

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