Before the cab-forward revolution led by the 700 Series American-LaFrance, there was the buckboard style of fire apparatus. This style with the driver ahead or aside of the engine was the original cab-forward.
This buckboard style was one of the more common incarnations of early motor fire apparatus design. Today this style often is overlooked despite its historical significance.
Buckboard Fire Trucks: The Original Cab-Forward, with more than 200 photos and advertisements explores the development of motor fire apparatus of the buckboard style during the brief period from 1905 through around 1920 when the buckboard style was common and produced in significant numbers by a variety of manufacturers.