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1944 GMC Amphibious Military DUKWAsking$42,000

This running DUKW will go down the road but stopping will be an issue, park brake works for now. I’m told the engine was rebuilt 200 miles ago. The engine runs quiet & strong.  It is street legal to go from road to water. The winch is present along with some wheel hub tools.

Tires are holding air for now but the body will need some work to swim. Normal rust in the low spots.  This DUKW has a lot of the original parts on it, headlight protectors, prop guard, etc.   The inner bed sides are removed and are missing for this project.

Located in Idaho. Note that we are a full service shipping company and can deliver this to your door.

Comes with road title.

Specifications

  • 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

History

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.