This antique fire engine is a 1955 Mack Model B85 pumper with a 750 gpm Hale pump and 200 gallon tank. It has a gasoline engine and five speed manual transmission. The factory list price was $17,200 in 1955.
About this creation
The fire service B Model Mack was introduced in 1954. The previous year the commercial model went into production. The B model was produced until 1966.
The versatile Model B was used for pumpers, hose wagons, mid-mount aerial ladders and tillers, quads as well as rescue and light units. Maxim aerials in 65, 75, 85 and 100 foot lengths were used. Open and closed cabs were offered.
The B model pumpers came in capacities of 500 gpm in the B505 model, 750 gpm in the B85 model, 1000 gpm in the B95 model as well as 1250 and 1500 gpm in the B21 and B125 models. Both gasoline and diesel engines were offered. This B85 had a Mack 276 h.p. Thermodyne gasoline engine.
A total of 908 fire trucks were built on the B model chassis. The most common of these were B85 750 gpm pumpers of which over 400 were built. The B model initially was produced in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In 1957 production was moved to Sidney, Ohio. In 1961 production returned to Allentown.
Founded in Brooklyn, New York, in 1901, in 1905 the five Mack brothers moved their operations to Allentown, Pennsylvania. Mack Trucks was active in the fire apparatus industry from 1901 to 1990. BFD552@Gmail.com.