Expert craftsman transformed station wagons from the likes of Ford, Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick—and the car of choice, Cadillac—into custom emergency and service vehicles. Having only commercial chassis and the front and rear clips in common, each is unique with ornately carved pillars, body length windows, and custom mobile casket tables. Author Greg Merksamer, prolific automotive journalist, compiles this photographic history of hearses, flower cars, service cars, ambulances, limousines, invalid coaches, sedan ambulances, and hearse-ambulances, paying tribute to the cars used in professional service and the coachbuilders who made them.
For nearly half a decade these huge trucks have carried special equipment needed for reaching and rescuing people from fires, auto accidents, floods, hurricanes and more. This book covers heavy rescue trucks all across America, including major cities (Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, etc.) as well as smaller towns that have had unique and impressive squads over the years. See rigs from the early builders like Gerstenlager, Swab, and Reading. Also see modern rigs built by such well-known companies as E-One, Pierce, Saulsbury, and Supervac.
All vehicles used in the airports: aircraft movers, vehicles for into-plane fueling services, fuel systems maintenance and operations, fuel transporting, ground handling, ladders for passengers and trucks for luggages, firefighting vehicles and special purposes.
An interesting volume entirely devoted to the italian ambulances and their technical evolutions from the beginning of the 20th Century up to the Eighties, packed with a wide range of vintage stunning photographs.