The Knox Type 8 Motor Pumping Engine

(Photo courtesy of Walt McCall)

Early motor fire apparatus came in a variety of configurations.  Among these was the buckboard style.  This placed the driver at the front of the apparatus.  The Knox Type 8 motor pumping engine was the pinnacle of the buckboard style and its most elaborate expression.  The Type 8 was the only buckboard style motor pumping engine to be built significant numbers.  Type 8 pumpers served in fire departments across the United States.

September 18, 1904.

The Knox Automobile Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, was one of the early pioneering firms in the development of motor cars and trucks.  Knox also was one of the most important pioneers in the development of motor fire apparatus.  Between 1906 and 1913, Knox probably was the most prolific builder of motor fire apparatus in America.