from the County of Los Angeles Fire Museum
The first apparatus used as Engine 51 for �Emergency!� was an actual LACOFD engine assigned to Fire Station 60 on the lot of Universal Studios. It has a pump producing 1250 GPM, a 935 cubic inch Hall Scott gasoline motor that can produce 195 or 215 horsepower. It was in service at Universal Studios from 1965 to about 1987 when it was placed in the care of the County of Los Angeles Fire Museum in Bellflower, California, where it resides today.
The NABI brand’s roots can be traced back as far as the commencement of Hungarian bus design and manufacturing for the North American market. In 1976 an aircraft salesman created a reciprocal trade program involving Hungarian buses. The reciprocal trade program involved the Hungarian bus manufacturer Ikarus and an American bus manufacturer named Crown Coach Corporation. In 1977, Crown Coach and Ikarus struck a strategic alliance that would allow Ikarus to manufacture partially completed buses and ship them to Crown Coach in Los Angeles, CA for final assembly.
By the late 80s, Crown Coach was financially insolvent and Ikarus needed a new trade partner with which to launch its new prototype bus models in the U.S. market—the 40 foot 416 standard floor and the articulated 60 foot standard floor model. After completely dissolving its partnership with Crown Coach, Ikarus formed a new strategic alliance with Union City Body Company (UCBC) of Union City, IN. This new alliance was very similar to the previous alliance with Crown Coach with the buses partially manufactured in Hungary and assembled in the U.S. by UCBC. In 1988, property was purchased in Anniston, AL and ground broken on a new assembly plant.
In 1992 after the fall of the Soviet Union and the subsequent economic turbulence in Eastern Europe, the assets of the UCBC were purchased by the First Hungary Fund (FHF), and a new company was formed called American Ikarus which was owned by FHF. A new joint venture was established between FHF and Ikarus with Ikarus contributing a Hungarian manufacturing plant, designs and tooling; and FHF contributing operating capital and its U.S. company American Ikarus. From this new venture was born the NABI Brand.