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1943 WWII Amphibious DUKW by GMCAsking$65,000

This is a very nice running DUKW, it always starts right up without hesitation. The engine runs quiet & strong. No lifter noise runs like new. The DUKW goes down the road very nice.  All the lights work & it is street legal to go from road to water. The winch operates perfect, it is a real pleasure to drive & swim. Very good tires and I have air inflation hubs. Very original WWII DUKW complete with anchor and tools.

  • Manufacturer: Yellow Truck and Coach Company
  • Production Years: 1942 -1945
  • Engine: GMC over-head-valve,270-cid, 94-hp, liquid-cooled, in-line six-cylinder, gasoline
  • Length: 31 feet
  • Width: 8 feet, 2-7/8 inches
  • Height: 8 feet, 9-1/2 inches (with top up)
  • Weight: 14,880 pounds
  • Armor: None
  • Armament: NONE on this example – Could be fitted with a Browning M2 .50 cal. machine-gun on an M36 truck mount
  • Maximum Speed, Road: 45 mph
  • Maximum Speed, Water: 6.3 mph
  • Markings: US 1st Army, 818th Ammunition Battalion, 53rd Transportation Motor Pool, B Company, 3rd Vehicle

The GMC DUKW – 353 was developed in 1942 in accordance with a directive by the Commanding General, Services of Supply. The directive called for a vehicle that could transport personnel and supplies from ships to beaches without the benefit of prepared harbors and docks. The designation DUKW came from the builder’s code:

  • D=1942
  • U=Utility
  • K=All wheel drive
  • W=Twin rear wheel axles

The average GI simply referred to the vehicle as the “Duck.” The pilot model was so successful that it was immediately put into production after testing. On land the DUKW used its normal six-wheel drive, but in the water, it was propelled by a propeller and steered by a rudder. The wheels and propeller could operate together for smoothly entering and exiting water. DUKWs participated in all major US amphibious operations from March 1943 until the end of World War II. The cargo compartment could accommodate 25 soldiers and their equipment or 5,000 pounds of supplies. Lend- Lease DUKWs were also provided to the British and Soviets. Over 21,000 DUKWs had been manufactured by late 1945.

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$65,000.00 U.S. or best offer.