’65 Suburban fought blazes for 53 years

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Oh, the stories the Pick of the Day could share, if only it could speak, though we’d likely need someone to interpret from French to English.

The vehicle is a 1965 Chevrolet Suburban that for 53 years was in the service of the fire department (Services d’Incendie) in Saint-Raphael, Quebec, Canada.

Unfortunately, the advertisement on ClassicCars.com by the vehicle’s private seller shares very few details.

It seems the fire-fighting Suburban was always kept inside the fire station when not battling blazes and is “more than 80 percent original.” It also is “100 percent functional.”

The engine is an inline 6-cylinder, the transmission is manual, it has an AM radio, vinyl seats, full-time four-wheel drive and is in good running order.

Photos show it with a roof-mounted diamond-plate tray that appears to be used for carrying hoses and other gear, and inside are more hoses and what appears to be a small gas-powered generator. 

The asking price is $15,000, which we presume to be the price in U.S. dollars, not in Canadian loonies.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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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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