if you entered the new year with a fire-truck-sized hole in your collection, you're in luck. auction website cars & bids is selling a 1986 e-one cyclone fire truck complete with sirens, lights, ladders, hoses, and a water pumping system, and this life-sized toy is offered with no reserve. this isn't a home-made replica; it's a real fire truck that reportedly started life as part of the hartford
heights fire department's fleet. it wasn't driven much, its odometer displays about 29,400 miles, and it's configured as a pumper so it's equipped with a hale products water pumping system and it comes with all of the hoses needed to put out a fire. it also has sirens and flashing lights, though the roof-mounted light bar is gone, and it can seat you and four friends if the two you like the least don't mind riding in the rear-facing jump seats installed behind the cab. moving such a massive vehicle requires a massive engine: this truck is powered by a 9.0-liter turbodiesel v6 built by detroit diesel (which was part of general motors for decades, joined daimlerchrysler
in 2000, and is now part of daimler truck) and bolted to a four-speed automatic transmission. it's rated at roughly 335 horsepower, which isn't asking much from nine liters of displacement, and a mountain-moving 957 pound-feet of torque. the exhaust system has been straight-piped, which is a pretty unexpected but pretty cool modification. how will your friends, family, and homeowner association (hoa) react after seeing a straight-piped fire truck casually parked in your driveway? there's only one way to find out: head over to cars & bids, where bidding currently stands at $5,500 with two days left in the auction. there's no reserve, so the highest bidder when the timer reaches zero will start the year with a big, red addition to their collection.