This is a blog version of this Facebook posting.
A friend found this one: Hemmings offering for a 1917 Simplex Touring Car that the seller notes was delivered as a fire chief’s car for Dunn, NC.
That’s probably wrong. If you search the SPAAMFAA Peckham ALF registry, you’ll get this hit, which was a combination hose/chemical car. And probably interpreted by the seller as meaning this vehicle.
1551 – DUNN – NC – 40 COMB/JR. – 85758 – 6/16/1917 – ALF
Reasonable mistake. But for this fire historian, it fails the contextual consideration. Would a town the size of Dunn in the 1910s have purchased new ANY motor car for its fire chief? Probably not.
Submitted for your consideration.