Arizona

19-20 January 2012

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Lot 123

1967 Ford Custom C-Cab Fire Truck

  • Chassis no. 67160

Sold for $55,000


Ford small-block V-8 engine, custom tubular dropped front axle with semi-elliptic transverse leaf spring, live rear axle, and rear-only hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 90"



• The 1968 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award winner

• A Chuck Miller creation and the stable-mate of the famed “Red Baron”

• Profiled in books chronicling the wild “show rod” era of the 1960s/1970s



Chuck Miller’s Detroit-based Styline Customs built award-winning customs and show cars for American Motors, Hurst Performance, Dodge and Plymouth. One of his major successes came at the 1968 Detroit Autorama, where he won the coveted Ridler Award with this whimsical C-Cab Fire Truck, which was named one of the “Top 10 Rods” in the country that year by Car Craft magazine. The following year, Miller received critical acclaim with a car built to match the success of a Monogram model kit, the Tom Daniel-designed “Red Baron.”



In his book The American Custom Car, noted authority Pat Ganahl wrote a chapter entitled “Silly Show Cars.” These included Steve Scott’s “Uncertain T,” Dan Woods’ “Milk Truck,” Ed Roth’s “Druid Princess” and both Chuck Miller’s “C-Cab Fire Truck” and “Red Baron.” Major show promoters of the era, like Bob Larivee, the head of Group Productions, Inc., paid handsome appearance fees for these unusual cars, and they provided their creators with a great deal of publicity.



The C-Cab Fire Truck played off several popular elements from the era, including every young man’s enthusiasm for fire equipment, the booming T-bucket craze and the enduring popularity of the early “C-Cab” Model T trucks. Combining these themes, Miller built a delightful rendition with a single-monocle windscreen, tiller steering, a small-block Ford V-8 engine with a non-functioning “dummy” blower, competition-themed American mag wheels, drilled ladder bars and “pie crust” drag slicks.



Other stylistic elements include abbreviated wooden ladders, gold leaf side lettering, rear-only brakes, drum headlights, vintage Model T taillights, a winged Moto-Meter radiator cap and a roof rack. Not intended for street use, the Fire Truck was designed and built with just one purpose: to win custom-car shows. The purchaser of this original creation can lay claim to owning an actual Ridler Award winner for far less than the cost of building one today.

Addendum

Please note that this vehicle will be offered on a bill of sale only.

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

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Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more