Air crash fire truck goes under the hammer in Ottery

PUBLISHED: 13:30 11 September 2019 | UPDATED: 11:47 12 September 2019

Ottery Auction Rooms. Ref sho 37 19TI 9745. Picture: Terry Ife

Ottery Auction Rooms. Ref sho 37 19TI 9745. Picture: Terry Ife

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A fire truck which attended Ottery's famous plane crash will go under the hammer this weekend.

Ottery Auction Rooms. Ref sho 37 19TI 9736. Picture: Terry IfeOttery Auction Rooms. Ref sho 37 19TI 9736. Picture: Terry Ife

The 1979 Range Rover Carmichael Commando multi-terrain truck was originally commissioned by the Shah of Iran.

It never made it to the Middle East after he was exiled, but it stayed in the UK for the remainder of its service.

The left-hand drive vehicle was put to use at Exeter Airport and called into action when a plane crashed in Ottery in 1980.

It was decommissioned and was sold to a private owner.

Ottery Auction Rooms. Ref sho 37 19TI 9725. Picture: Terry IfeOttery Auction Rooms. Ref sho 37 19TI 9725. Picture: Terry Ife

The vehicle is estimated to fetch between £5,000 and £8,000 at Saturday's auction at Ottery Auction Rooms.

As part of the sale, the new owner will receive the vehicle's history, bills, photographs, uniforms, helmets, nozzles and tools.

David Sumner, of Ottery Auction Rooms, said he is unsure what the truck could fetch on the day.

He said: "There is controversy if it was the first vehicle at the Ottery air crash in 1980 but it was definitely there."

Ottery Auction Rooms. Ref sho 37 19TI 9729. Picture: Terry IfeOttery Auction Rooms. Ref sho 37 19TI 9729. Picture: Terry Ife

The auction will get under way at 11am on Saturday (September 14).

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