Trucks, fire engines and more in VanDerBrink’s Lewis collection sale

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Rancher, firefighter and vehicle collector John Lewis’s collection of some 100 pre-war vehicles — many of them trucks and fire engines — will be offered for sale at a VanDerBrink Auctions event on October 21 in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Everything on the docket is being offered at no reserve, the auction house noted.

Just a portion of the vehicles going across the block at no reserve | VanDerBrink Auctions photos

Lewis, a firefighter turned electrical contractor, traveled the country collecting cars but especially trucks, buses and even hearses. With his wife, Jane, he opened the Lewis Fire, Transportation and Farm Museum in 1986. Lewis died in 2013.

Cars in the collection include a 1914 Ford Model T speedster, 1926 Model T doctor’s coupe, and a 1924 single-door roadster; 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom III town limousine and 1934 Phantom II Landaulet; 1914 Studebaker touring car; pre-war Nashes; 1918 Dodge J.E. touring car; and a 1928 Dodge victory 6 sedan.

But trucks are the featured lots, ranging from Model T-based units to a 1926 Dodge-Graham pickup, 1914 and 1918 REO Speedwagons, 1918 International, 1921 International gravel truck, 1933 International Omaha Standard bed/hoist, and several early White and Mack trucks.

Firefighting units include a 1920, 1927 and 1930 REOs, 1915 White, and several American LaFrance vehicles, ranging from a 1922 fire truck to a 1956 Model K ladder truck, as well as pre-war units from Sayers & Scovill, Sterling, Oshkosh and Coleman.

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The collection also includes several hearses.

For more information, visit the auction web page.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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