The antique brush breaker truck that has been adorned with Christmas lights and decorations during December for more than a decade has likely seen its last holiday season at its current location in front of Zachary’s Pub on Great Neck Road North.
Richard E. Halpern, owner of Zachary’s, has decided to sell the former piece of Mashpee Fire Department apparatus, which he bought for $250 at a sealed bid auction many years ago.
The asking price for the vintage vehicle in 2014 is $4,000.
“It’s a 1967 International Harvester brush breaker fire truck that still runs. It’s a 10-wheel drive vehicle that does not have power steering, but will go straight through wooded areas with no problem. There are still a lot of people in town who actually drove that truck when it was in service,” Mr. Halpern said, adding that the truck, which has a siren that would “wake up a whole neighborhood,” is currently registered, insured, and has antique license plates.
Several interested buyers have already taken the brush breaker for a test drive.
Mr. Halpern said that an advertisement for the truck has already generated significant nationwide interest on Craigslist, including a junkyard that was interested in the vehicle because of the amount of steel it contains.
“I would prefer to sell the truck to someone who appreciates its history and would like to keep it going, perhaps as part of an antique vehicle collection, or as a parade vehicle,” he said.