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1947 American LaFrance 700 Series Pumper (Restored) . This is a 1947 American LaFrance 700 Series pumper. This is the quintessential classic American fire engine. The 700 Series is most significant as the first mass produced cab-forward fire truck. It revolutionized American fire apparatus design. . After World War Two, in 1945, American La France unveiled its revolutionary cab-forward 700 Series design. Production started in 1947 and ran to 1958. The 700 Series was an instant success and its looks would go on to be an icon of the American fire service. The cab-forward 700 Series offered vastly improved visibility. Because there was less weight on the front axle, steering and handling were easier in these days before power steering. The cab-forward design also reduced overall apparatus length as well as reduced the turning radius and increased maneuverability Over 3000 units of the 700 Series were produced at the American LaFrance factory in Elmira, New York. The 700 Series was available for pumpers, quads, quints, mid-mount (service) aerials and tractor-drawn aerials. The 700 Series also was used for rescue trucks and lighting units. Pumpers of the 700 Series had the pump controls and hard suction hoses on the officer's side. This is the opposite of today's practice. With the 800 Series introduced in 1956, American LaFrance moved the pump controls to the driver's side of the apparatus.

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