1968 Mercedes-Benz 710 Fire Truck


  • Just 26,570Km on the clock
  • Robust six-cylinder diesel engine
  • Unrestored, with a wonderful natural patina
  • Well preserved and maintained
  • Tremendous potential for conversion
  • Complete with blue lights and siren

The Appeal

If we could parade about in just one vehicle for the rest of our life, we reckon a fire truck would be very close to the top of our list. And a classic 60s example with an unburstable Mercedes-Benz powertrain? Sign us up.

As luck would have it, you could do just that. We’re delighted to present this marvellous Mercedes-Benz 710 – a genuine fire truck used in France – for sale. Completely unrestored and in original, patinated condition, it’s a window back to another time and the potential it offers is quite inspiring.

Whether the new owner wants to keep it just as it is, restore it to ‘as new’ or use it as the base for a conversion of some kind, we’re sure they’re going to have a whole lot of fun.

We just ask one thing – can we sound the siren please?

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in May 1968
  • Genuine service vehicle used in France
  • French registration documents
  • Purchased by the vendor in April 2015 at 22,500Km
  • Always kept under cover
  • Serviced by Millau Mercedes-Benz dealership in December 2018 at 25,170Km
  • Unrestored and in original condition
  • 26,570Km on the clock (five-figure odometer) 

The Interior

  • Double cab, featuring seating for 10 – three up front and a further seven in the rear
  • Red vinyl and fabric upholstery to the front seats
  • We’re informed by the vendor that the front passenger seat has been refurbished
  • The two rows of seats in the rear are shaped wooden benches, one of which has a slight crack but is still very usable
  • Checkerplate flooring to the rear cab section
  • The rubber flooring in the driving compartment has perished somewhat
  • All of the switchgear and driving controls appears to be original and wears an appealing, natural level of wear, with lots of labels for the various features
  • We’re told that everything in the cabin still works and functions as it should
  • At the rear, there are a number of lockers and equipment racks
  • Overall, the interior has a warm, lived-in feel from years of use as a service vehicle

The Exterior

  • Classic red and white paintwork with ‘St Hippolyte Pompiers’ livery
  • Vintage road rally plaques mounted to the front
  • Blue emergency lights still present and correct
  • The bodywork looks straight and tidy, with some wear and tear from age and use
  • There are a number of areas of superficial corrosion dotted about the vehicle, but nothing that overly concerns us
  • We’re told that the exterior of the truck remains unrestored, with only one of the lockers having to have its hinge repaired previously
  • All of the glass elements, light lenses and other items of trim appear to be in good order, with light wear commensurate with the vehicle’s age
  • Underneath, the truck looks very straight, clean and tidy, with no signs of significant corrosion or damage
  • Single wheel front axle, double wheel rear axle
  • There is a spare wheel stored under the rear of the vehicle

The Mechanics

  • OM352 cast iron six-cylinder diesel engine, offering 100CV
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • New batteries were fitted to the truck in June 2021
  • A full service and brake system overhaul were carried out in December 2018 at 25,170Km
  • The vendor reports no mechanical faults or issues at all


It’s a fire truck! What, you need more reasons to buy this? Well, it would make a tremendous centre-piece for any classic car show, or as a period support vehicle for classic rallies. Alternatively, it offers plenty of scope for conversion as a classic tow vehicle or a camper. 

Or you could just enjoy it as is – after all, who doesn’t love a fire truck?

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1968
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model 710 Fire truck
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 26,570 Kilometres
  • Engine size 5700
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Mende
  • Location International
  • Country France
Bidding history
69 bids
  • pe•••• €19,000 31/05/23
  • mj•••• €18,750 31/05/23
  • pe•••• €18,500 31/05/23
  • pe•••• €18,250 31/05/23
  • mj•••• €18,000 31/05/23
  • mj•••• €17,750 31/05/23
  • pe•••• €17,500 31/05/23
  • pe•••• €17,250 31/05/23
  • mj•••• €17,000 31/05/23
  • mj•••• €16,750 31/05/23

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