A 1953 Willys panel delivery is seen in this photo, in service in 1958 at a four-alarm blaze not far from the Kaiser-Willys Parkway Plant in Toledo, Ohio.
Actually, that fire is fiction and this picture is a photo I took of the 1/25-scale model of the panel delivery in the colors of the Toledo Fire Department, produced by Liberty Classics, combined with a background photo.
Marx turned its pressed-steel Willys Jeep truck into a fire department runabout by simply adding a red light and "VFD" decals. Reproductions of the V.F.D. decal are available to help complete a nice restoration like this one.
Bob Bateman is a Land Rover enthusiast in the UK, who is aware of the large number of Jeep FC fire engines in North America. He converted a Corgi diecast FC model into a fire engine by adding a Dinky Toy Land Rover rear body, and sent the photo to The FC Connection.
Uli Slovig in Germany kitbashed this HO version using the EKO 1/87 FC pickup model with a new bed built from plastic sheet. The wheels are from a Roco HO Jeep. See also the right side (60K JPEG). Photos courtesy 1/87 Vehicle Club.
Surprisingly, this Japanese tinplate FC-170 is the only production toy I have run across, of what was a very popular small Jeep fire truck. The accurate FC grille is seen in a front view photo (50K JPEG). The detailed hose compartment in a rear view (50K JPEG) is a good example of tinplate lithography. The trucks is about 7 inches long, and features rotating beacon and operating bell.
This Mini-Tonka Gladiator-based "Fire Fighter" No. 72 is about 10 inches long, and has dual rear wheels. See a rear-view photo of the truck (20K JPEG), showing the molded plastic hose detail. The ladder is metal. It was available in a Fire Department Set No. 103, which also included the Fire Chief's Cherokee (15K JPEG) and a red Jeep.
It's unclear whether this Majorette British-style mini-pumper, apparently a Jeep Gladiator, was based on a real prototype. But Bill Munro's book Jeep: From Bantam to Wrangler, (see the CJ-3B Bookshelf) has a page on J-20 trucks used by a British fire brigade (100K JPEG). More information is welcome. This small diecast "Fire Brigade" model is probably from the late 1970's, and has similarities to the later Majorette Range Rover pumper.
Thanks to J-C Guerry and to Uli Slovig of Miniworlds. -- Derek Redmond
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