The 1971 Hess fire truck
was the eighth Hess toy fire truck in what became an American tradition. Find info, pictures and Hess toy trucks for sale on a daily basis here. What makes this truck so special was the detail and attention to scale relative to the actual fire truck it was modeled after, which are fire engines at the Port Reading Refinery
, also known as Hess Refinery, in Perth Amboy and Woodbridge, NJ. This refinery was operating since 1958 thru February 2013 when it was Hess shut down its refinery. This toy truck originally sold for $1.69 at participating stations. There were 300,000 of these produced. This toy for set the stage for 1970 and 1971 Hess fire truck value making it a top dollar collectible in its class.
Although this was the seventh toy in the Hess toy truck line it was the first fire engine vehicle. One of the neat features about this toy is its rotating lighting dome, only the top of the cab red light flashes. It has two removable rubber hoses on side and a detachable ladder on the other side. This Hess toy was the last to be produced by the Marx Toy Company
. The 1970 Hess Fire truck
was painted in brilliant red color consistent with a real fire truck from that period. It is also covered in a good amount of chrome accents, which makes the red color pop and the front grill and rear bears the name Hess in a golden year color and the bottom is completely covered in chrome. Hess considers this one of their best models.