Over the last few years I've noticed a mysterious influx of German fire trucks in San Francisco. One was a Mercedes-Benz 508D which last I checked was owned by Make Magazine. Someone found an old Opel fire truck in the Sunset District and now we look at this 1962 Magirus-Deutz Mercur 125A fire pumper which hails from the same general area.
The Magirus-Deutz is an unusual choice for an urban vehicle, but it was exactly what its owner wanted. A blurb on the New York Times online Collectible Cars section describes the truck as an air-cooled 7.5 liter diesel V6 with a manual transmission, all-wheel-drive and great off-road. As a pumper truck, it uses a VW Beetle engine to drive a portable auxiliary pump capable of moving 200 gallons per minute. The primary water pump can handle 600. According to the owner, the truck served the Wiesbaden fire department in Germany, then later transferred to the Sinntal-Sannerz area. The owner purchased the truck, shipped it to Nova Scotia, and drove it down to the US and across the country to California.