Fire brigade - Turntable ladder (MB)
When the Mercedes-Benz LP 321 set out on calls with a turntable ladder
The fire brigades of the first two decades after the war were not too keen on cab-over-engine vehicles and preferred bonnet trucks instead. This is why Mercedes-Benz Pullman chassis remained few and far between in fire brigade houses and were only sporadically sent out on regular emergency missions. And, it is for the same reason that the prototype of the WIKING model with turntable ladder is a rare find at the Mannheim location. It was not until the seventies that the trend began to shift, albeit slowly, as the new design did not gain a foothold until the new generation had succeeded the Pullman series and the cubic series had finally begun to bring the bonnet truck era fire brigades to an end.
Rare cab-over-engine with turntable ladder
Driver's cab and turntable ladder platform red. Blue transparent emergency lights inserted on red bases. Front grille black with silver ornamental strips and Mercedes-Benz star. Interior black. Chassis with cardan part and wheel rims black. Turntable ladder base red, turntable ladder parts silver, hose reel inserted on the rear. Side indicators, imprinted orange. Ornamental strips as well as door handles on the driver's cab painted silver. Headlamps hand-painted in silver.