21st Jun, 2023 13:00

The Alexander 'Alex' Tanner Collection

Lot 60


1944 Dodge Weapons Carrier (WC-51) 3/4 ton 4x4

1944 Dodge Weapons Carrier (WC-51) 3/4 Ton 4x4
Registration Number: UK Registered. Number to be advised.
Chassis Number: 81716964
Estimate £8,000-12,000

Dodge was the US Army's sole supplier of both ¾‑ton trucks and 1½‑ton 6x6 trucks during the Second World War. Although most Dodge trucks were 'Weapons Carriers', 'WC' was not abbreviated from this, but a general Dodge model code – initially 'W' for 1941, and 'C' for a nominal half-ton payload rating. However, the 'WC' model code was simply retained after 1941 for both the ¾-ton, as well as the 1 ½ ton rated 6x6s. Its ladder frame chassis was built in three wheelbase lengths and provided platforms for everything from mobile guns to ambulances and command cars. Immensely strong, its drive train design also gave it impressive off-road capabilities. Powered by an immensely torquey 3.8 litre L-head six-cylinder engine, it was used extensively by the Allied Forces during WWII, but many WC-series vehicles remained in service with some European armies until quite recently.

In what appears to be 'ex-service', repainted, condition, this WC-51 (the otherwise identical WC-52 has a longer frame and front-mounted winch) is painted in matte military green with added white US stars, and the panels and bodywork are very good condition overall. Divided-rim steel wheels are fitted with Viking 'cloverleaf' pattern tyres. Sparsely trimmed as standard, the front seats are canvas and vinyl, with folding wooden slatted bench seats to the rear. The driver's side carries the spare wheel and pioneer tools and jerry cans are mounted on the off-side. Please note that the canvas roof and other weather gear seems to be absent from this example.

A plate on the dash states 'Reconditioned by Deutsche Waggon-U Maschinen Fabriken G.M.B.H Berlin-Borsigwalde'. The Dodge is in running/driving condition and is MoT-exempt. It is UK-registered, number to be advised.

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Sold for £11,500

Condition Report

There is no history file for this vehicle, it is as seen and described in our catalogue entry.
It was driven here and enjoyed by the driver.



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Auction: The Alexander 'Alex' Tanner Collection, 21st Jun, 2023


By order of the executors of Alex Tanner, we are delighted to present this fine single owner collection of pre-war classic and modern Bentleys, a Riley RMB and a US Army Dodge Troop Carrier, together with a collection of Automobilia, acquired over some 27 years by former Chairman of the Bentley Drivers Club.




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Friday 16 June, 10am - 4pm 

Saturday 17 June, 10am - 1pm 

Sunday 18 June, 10am - 1pm 

Monday 19 June, 10am - 4pm

Tuesday 20 June, 10am - 4pm  

Wednesday 21 June, 10am - 1pm

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