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1926 Maxim

Ladder Truck

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1926 Maxim Ladder Truck

1926 Maxim Ladder Truck


The Maxim Motor Company was founded in Middleboro, Massachusetts in 1914 by Carlton Maxim. He was a firefighter, and his initial goal was to build a fire engine for his department. Well, that blossomed into a company that was purchased by Seagrave in 1963. On December 9, 1989 it ceased operation due to heavy competition, but in 2009 was re-established as a brand by Greenwood Emergency Vehicles of North Attleboro, MA.

Estimates say that over 3,000 trucks were made on the Maxim line in the 100 years of production. There is a story of Carlton Maxim making a point with silver dollars. A town official didn't think the company impacted the local economy. Pretty soon silver dollars started popping up all over town. Maxim was paying his employees in silver dollars to show how far the wages traveled. A lot of pride went into building the trucks, they were custom-built by hand. Nothing was prefabricated, the cabs and bodies were fabricated from sheet metal frames from channel iron. The inmates ran the asylum, the workers knew how to build the engines and the management left them alone.

Presenting to us in Fire Engine Red is a 1926 ladder truck variant of the Maxim fire truck, showing in WHFD livery, (one can only surmise that this represents West Hartford Fire Department, read on to find out why). Brass headlight bezels flank a brass radiator surround that has the Maxim logo proudly showing top and center. A long twin cowled hood shows in red and is adorned with WHFD in gold. Long red running boards connect the fenders on either side and provide the footing for the firemen while rushing to the rescue. A multitude of different ladders hang off the sides and center to give many options for rescue. Large wooden spoke wheels are on all 4 corners and present in good condition.

Spartan is the best way to describe this interior. No doors, no windshield, just twin black vinyl bucket seats and twin black vinyl guards to fend off Mother Nature on the coldest of nights. A wooden floor has the control pedal protruding along with the long, long shifter. A black bakelite steering wheel fronts the basic dashboard which shows necessary engine functions, light controls, and a Hartford County Mutual Aid Radio Network code list, (ahhh priorities...It's time for a code 12). A Simsbury Fire District tag is also attached and sports the number 0103.

Lifting the twin cowled hood, we are greeted with an inline 12 cylinder that is fed air and fossils via a single one barrel carburetor. All the torque is transferred to the rear wheels via a heavy-duty manual transmission. We were unable to start or drive the truck due to a missing hand crank.

Very basic and to the point here. Leaf springs provide the ride front and rear and mechanical drum brakes on the rear axle provide the stopping power. Now the MAX SPEED 35MPH sticker on the dash makes complete sense.
A rarely seen piece of firefighting history, now gracing our hallowed halls of the Classic Auto Mall. Great for parades, shows, or even a museum piece for the discerning collector. Code 12, Code 12, it's going to be a long night.


Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.