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Republic, Lafrance-Republic truck history

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Have been doing a google search on this brand because of their merger with Linn in 1927 (Republic), then American LaFrance merged with Republic, closed the A-L commercial truck plant in Bloomfield, NJ and moved it in with Republic at Alma, MI (once the world's largest exclusive truck manufacturer), which was then dumped three years later by A-L to Sterling, who supposedly continued using the L-R badge on their own trucks up until 1942?) The most impressive product was the L-R "Mogul" with V12 A-L engine, 10 x 24 tires, etc. American LaFrance blamed their bankruptcy in 1935 on the failure of the commercial product line. Meanwhile I have been taking notes on Republic truck sales agencies to see if they may also worked as Linn agencies, all you have to do is go to eBay, look up vintage Linn ads and they usually list at the bottom what cities they had distributors in, and indicates where they were in the world of mergers at that point. the first firetruck that Morris would own, was a Republic in 1926, which when they bought a new truck in 1952, supposedly was resold to some island in the Caribbean, and that is the last we heard of it. Despite the claim that one in nine trucks in the USA was a Republic, the odd truck around Upstate NY in vintage photos is either a Mack, Brockway, Indiana or Stewart usually. The only Republic truck I know was in this area, was a stake rack belonging to the Linn company after the merger.

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It would be interesting to learn how many brands were absorbed into Peterbilt.

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