WWII vehicles battle for bids at auction

On December 8th, Auctions America by RM is holding one of the largest ever sales  of WW II-era vehicles at the National Military History Center in Auburn,  Indiana. Over 80 vehicles, including the White M3A1 Armored Scout Car (above) will be  crossing the block, with all of the proceeds going toward preserving the  non-profit museum.

1943-44 Pacific M26 6×6 Armored “Dragon Wagon” Tank Recovery  Vehicle

Even tanks need to call in the cavalry now and then. The “Dragon Wagon” was  designed to haul disabled vehicles onboard weighing up to 45 tons, and with its  6×6 drivetrain get them out of harm’s way, even if that meant driving through  water four and a half feet deep.

Estimated price: $20,000-$40,000

Source: Darin Schnabel ©2012 Courtesy of RM  Auctions

1940 Humber Hexonaut GS 6×6 Amphibious Prototype

Literally one of a kind, the Humber Hexonaut is the only surviving version of  this prototype amphibious vehicle, with one engine and transmission on each side  it was steered like a tank and used the deep treads of its tires to propel it  through the water. It was designed to fit on board a C47 “Dakota” transport  plane, which explains its tall and narrow design.

Estimated price: $30,000-$50,000

1943-44 Opel Maultier Panzer-Werfer 42 Armored Half-Track Rocket  Launcher

This half-track rocket launcher was designed by a German Panzer division in  need of a vehicle that could cope with the muddy, unpaved terrain on the Eastern  front during the rainy season and spring thaw.

Estimated price: $45,00-$60,000

Source: Darin Schnabel ©2012 Courtesy of RM  Auctions

1944 Fiat-SPA TL37 4×4 Artillery Tractor

Riding on tiptoe-tall tires and fitted with four-wheel steering, this Italian  troop transporter was ideal for navigating the tight and twisty mountain roads  of Northern Italy. Believe it or not, even taller tires were fitted to deal with  the sandy terrain of Northern Africa.

Estimated price: $45,000-$55,000

Source: Darin Schnabel ©2012 Courtesy of RM  Auctions


1942-45 GMC DUKW – 353 6×6 Amphibious Truck

“The Duck” was one of the most abundand vehicles built during the war. Over  21,000 were made to transport troops and cargo to and from ships to land where  harbors weren’t available. Using a propeller, the amphibian could hit 6.3 mph on  the water. Many are used today as sightseeing vehicles in cities like New York  and Washington, D.C.

Estimated price: $50,000-$75,000

Source: Darin Schnabel ©2012 Courtesy of RM  Auctions





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