MANGO — The pair of vintage fire trucks sitting at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Peek Street for the past few weeks look like they belong in a museum.
Instead, a 1956 Ford complete with a rickety wooden ladder, and a 1966 Ford with a rare front-mounted pump, are for sale adjacent to Mango Elementary School.
John Magliano, an auto body mechanic who owns the unique engines, said, "We were going to restore them and put them in parades."
But instead he hung signs on each old-school emergency response vehicle that read "runs good $5,000." His wife, Lisa, had them when she lived in Georgia. Now the Mango residents, who own 5 acres near where the fire trucks are located, are fielding calls from a few interested local car dealers.
At least one of the trucks traces its roots to the Alligator Point Fire Department, an 8-mile peninsular beach community on St. James Island in the Florida Panhandle.
The 1956 truck still has a state of Florida inspection sticker affixed to the windshield from 1981, the last year Florida required full vehicle inspections. Taped to the back window is an Alligator Point street directory from 1993 depicting hand-drawn locations of hydrants and the location of the local water tower.
The 1966 engine with the front-mounted pump allowed firefighters to draft water from static sources such as lakes and ponds.
Interested parties can call Magliano at (813) 728-8945.