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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

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Cold War Cruiser: 1954 Reo F221B Civil Defense Truck

Posted October 18, 2011 9:00 AM by dstrohl

This Cold War cruiser runs a coveted Gold Comet 128-hp engine and has a 5+2 transmission. It also has a working siren and super secure locking compartments. This 1954 Reo F221B was one of 1,300 Civil Defense Rescue Service trucks ordered by the U.S. federal government and distributed to various cities and counties throughout the nation during the Cold War. These trucks were filled with gas masks, stretchers, oxygen, first aid supplies, hand tools, and other power equipment to handle any disaster of the day. This civil defense truck runs well, stops well, and is in overall good condition. It's stuffed with tools, a period generator, and many supplies.

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