So much history with this wartime Dodge.
Here’s something a bit different in the world of auto auctions. Classic Italian sports cars or American muscle can offer some delectable eye candy, but this 1944 Dodge WC-57 isn’t what you’d call a looker. It does, however, hold a significant place in history as it was specially modified for – and used by – General George Patton and used during World War II. And it’s going up for auction soon at no reserve.
Worldwide Auctioneers will offer this significant piece of military history at its Americana Festival & Auction in Auburn Indiana, running June 12-13. This specific vehicle is presented with a well-documented history going back to the 1950s when it was acquired by a collector in Belgium. It was eventually put on display in a museum, during which it was reportedly verified that, during the war, it was assigned to General Patton’s motor pool. It was purchased as part of a collection in 2000 by Dean Kruse of Kruse Auction fame and brought stateside, where it was on display in the Kruse Foundation WWII Victory Museum for several years.
Gallery: 1944 Dodge WC-57 General Patton Command Car
Photo Credit: Worldwide Auctioneers
As for the vehicle itself, it’s listed as being chassis number 81684857. It has a 230 cubic-inch Dodge inline-six engine, a four-wheel-drive undercarriage, and a Browning .30 caliber machine gun mounted (for decorative purposes) on the passenger side. It also wears three-star pennants denoting Patton’s rank of three-star General at the time. This vehicle was also customized for Patton with armor plating, a siren, and louder horns.
General Patton served both in the North African and European campaigns during World War II, arguably garnering fame for his actions in Normandy, and the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. His 1944 Dodge WC-57 will cross the auction block on June 13 at no reserve, presenting a very special opportunity for an individual to own an incredible piece of history.
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