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Lot 112

1942 Dodge WC53

Sold for $22,000


Manufacturer: Dodge

Production Year: 1942

Engine: Dodge T214 side-valve, 230-cid, 92-hp, liquid-cooled, in-line six-cylinder, gasoline

Transmission: Four-speed forward, one-speed reverse

Brakes: Hydraulic

Length: 15-feet, 11-inches

Width: 6-feet, 10-1/2-inches

Height: 7-feet, 2-inches

Wheelbase: 114-inches

Weight: 5,750-pounds

Armor: None

Armament: None

Fording Depth: 34-inches

Markings: US Army early war, unassigned unit



The Dodge 3/4-ton, 4x4 WC53 was the field sedan / carryall version of the WC51/52 Weapons Carrier Truck. The WC53 Special command field sedan was produced in smaller numbers than the other Dodge 3/4-ton trucks due to its specialized role. It was intended for use by staff officers and formation commanders. The WC53 Special was an elaborately equipped vehicle with civilian-type, panel-van body work. Side doors were added together with map table, special lighting, radio and roof rack. Blackout blinds were fitted in the rear windows so that the vehicle could be used as a mobile headquarters at any time. The WC53 Special also featured a side-hinged rear door versus a top-hinge rear door on the WC53 carryall. The US Army eventually determined that the WC53 Special was too conspicuous for combat areas and was too likely to be strafed by enemy aircraft. The vehicle also proved to be unsuited for cross-country use due to its top-heavy body. The carryall version utilized the same body as the field sedan, but lacked the side doors and fittings, and was only used as a utility vehicle in rear areas. Production of the WC53 Special and WC53 carryall ended in 1943 after 8,400 were produced.

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