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1916 AMERICAN LAFRANCE SPEEDSTER









1916 American LaFrance Speedster
ID# 118695
Forever synonymous with broken road surfaces, billowing dust clouds, drainpipe exhausts and terrifying drift angles, the 'chain drive era' is for many one of the most romantic in motoring history. Based on the chassis and running gear of a 1916 American LaFrance fire truck, this rakish Speedster is powered by a monolithic 'pair-cast' four-cylinder engine (complete with wonderfully sculpted Ram's Horns inlet manifold, Zenith carburetor, water pump / fan assembly and Eisenmann magneto). Equipped with three-speed transmission but rear wheel brakes only, it promises to be a singularly exhilarating if challenging drive. As if to give other road users fair warning, its magnificent 'The Rushmore Searchlight' headlamps and gargantuan Model 1005M 'Rushmore Spotlight' are supplemented by a fine pair of scuttle mounted Solar Model 0330 Carriage Lamps. In a similar vein, its Boa Constrictor styled horn in one of three, the others being a Rubes and Sireno Junior. Finished in yellow over black with red artillery wheels and balloon tires, occupants of this chain drive leviathan are treated to a host of nice details including the Stutz Bearcat-esque monocle windscreen, Reliance Tachometer (300-3,600rpm), Phinney-Walker Keyless Clock and Pirene fire extinguisher. With its bolster fuel tank, wood rimmed steering wheel, passenger grab handle, bucket seats and be-winged moto-meter atop its brass radiator, this superbly executed La France looks every inch the Edwardian racer.