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Bill Leverett
03-03-2011, 10:55 PM
Wow...and I thought the Aurora Borealis was expensive!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Firetruck-Fire-Tuck-Fire-Engine-Mars-light-Model-DX-40-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem43a55a2accQQitemZ29053 6958668QQptZVintageQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccess ories

$1,105.00 was the sold price.

I know these lights were popular with the Chicago FD. Steve Loftin/John Dorgan...can you give us more details on this light? Thanks

Rick Duffy
03-04-2011, 09:57 AM
As you may know, I aquired Captain Video's (Dave McC) 1957 MM Ambulance. I have decided that the restoration would entail changiing it to a CFD ambulance of the period.

John Dorgan was especially helpful in locating a Mars DX-40, a Mars Commander siren and two "bullet style with incandecent bulbs" 888 lights for the fenders. All have been restored and look brand new. I can't wait to see them on the car!

Given what the DX-40 sold for on ebay, I'm pretty sure I spent about that amount for everything.:stars:

Hopefully the car wll be revealed in the foreseeable future!


Kevin O'Connell
03-07-2011, 02:05 PM
There really isn't much to say about the DX-40. It was introduced in 1950. The two sychronized reflectors oscillate side to side. Each held a #1019 bulb, the same bulb used in the Federal Junior Beacon Ray. Mars RB-10 beacon domes (glass) were mounted sideways. Although sold in respectable numbers, the survival rate for these lights is fairly low. Even before eBay DX-40's were selling in the $400.00 to $600.00 range. Here in California, DX-40's were used by Pomona PD and San Diego PD. Pomona Police Officers' association still has one on a '56 Pontiac. The smaller DX was more popular with law enforcement.

Steve Loftin
03-07-2011, 02:19 PM
Here's how it works: