Unique tow and service trucks owned by garages and dealerships have long served as rolling billboards for the establishments that own them, although this particular rig rates near the all time top of the list of eye-catching tow trucks.
It served in this capacity for the Bynum-Stevens Motor Co., a Pontiac Dealer located in Murfreesboro, TN, in the 1930s and possibly later. While the bodywork on this truck could have been constructed by a professional body-building firm, the general lack of compound curves leaves one to believe that it could have been built by a clever craftsman, in the Company’s body shop.
Gene Herman, who found the image at Vintage Wreckers, believes the wheels are Ford. Further investigation reveals that the tip of the front fender and the front axle wishbone support visible underneath it also points to the possibility of it being based on a Ford truck chassis.
Please share with us what you find of interest in this image by Lively Photo.
Updates below: We have heard from two people that live in the Murfreesboro area with connections to this unusual machine.
James Patterson: “The wrecker was custom built at Bynum-Stephens Motor Company that was located at 407 West College Street. They used a 1935 Ford truck chassis and a 1926 Lincoln V-8 engine. It had a three drum hoisting machine with power take off. My Grandfather Fred G. Patterson was a mechanic there.”
Mary Lee: “This tow truck was hand-built by my grandfather J.C. Bynum and was said to be the only wrecker for hundreds of miles that could tow a semi-truck.”