1965 Ford F-350 Quick Attack Fire Truck Is an Amazing Find
All-original and immaculately preserved 12k-mile Ford F-350 fire truck is a fascinating piece of American history.
Vintage fire trucks are undoubtedly cool. But they’re also incredibly large and difficult to drive, which means it’s tough for most collectors to fit one in their garage or get them out and enjoy them. Those same attributes necessitated what was known as “quick attack” fire trucks back in the old days. These smaller rigs were built using regular pickups, carrying smaller water tanks and plenty of equipment. Today, you rarely see these versatile rides. And certainly few as nice as this 1965 Ford F-350 we spotted on eBay.
This amazing find was surprisingly retired only recently, though it’s obviously more of a showpiece than a fire mule. That much is clear given the fact that it’s only traveled 11,500 miles since new. And even without all that firefighting equipment, the Ford F-350 is a pretty rare truck on its own accord. You don’t see four-wheel drive, step side ’65s every day, after all. And most certainly none as nicely preserved as this beauty.
Inside and out, you’d never be able to tell this truck was used for any sort of work. It’s in immaculate shape after spending the last few decades stored in a fire house. All of the original equipment is reportedly in place and functioning properly, including the sirens, lights, and water tank/fire pumps. And with a stout 352 V8 and 4-speed drivetrain, it’s even capable of reaching 60 miles per hour.
Not bad for a fire truck, especially one that’s over 50 years old. Unsurprisingly, it appears that this incredible ’65 Ford F-350 sold quickly, as it’s no longer available. So we just hope that the new owner preserves it as is. Which is a fascinating piece of firefighting history!