1963 Ford Galaxie 500 Carmel Fire Chief Car

1963 Ford Galaxie 500, 289-V8, 4 Door Sedan

This car was purchased in 1990 by Steve Cloutier of Weddington, NC. The car had only one previous owner and was very well maintained. At the time he purchased the car, Steve was Chief of the Carmel Fire Dept. in North Carolina. He restored the car, and modified it as a Chief’s Car, with red lights, siren, Motorola 2-way Hi-Band radio, and whip antenna. It has a 15-minute airpak, with spare bottle, in the trunk, along with a first aid kit, hand light, resuscitator, and axe. The car was used for fire prevention, parades and community services.

Photographs of this car are in the book “First to the Flames – A History of Fire Chief Vehicles“, by Edward L. Peterson (1999 by Krause Publications). A large black & white photo of the car is on page 205, and it is also in one of the color photos in the center insert of the book. It appears with a 1935 Ford owned by Pierce Mfg., and the 1953 Ford owned by Wayne Kidd of the ODHFS. 

On November 24, 2001, Jack Sullivan, the WebChief for the ODHFS, traveled to Weddington, NC., to purchase the car from Steve. Jack drove the car back to
Richmond, VA, where it is garaged now. Look for it at musters & parades around Virginia.

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