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Posted: 6/3/2020 5:33:02 PM EST
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.

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Link Posted: 6/3/2020 5:35:43 PM EST
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I'm not sure I'd want to own Patton's jeep, considering how he didn't do so well riding one of those.
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Link Posted: 6/3/2020 5:42:08 PM EST
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God I miss the cool shit that shows up in Auburn.
Link Posted: 6/3/2020 5:42:34 PM EST
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I'm not sure I'd want to own Patton's jeep, considering how he didn't do so well riding one of those.
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He was in a Cadillac staff car not a jeep.
Link Posted: 6/3/2020 5:43:29 PM EST
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They tried selling it 3 years ago too but it make the reserve price with a high bid of 60k.

https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2017/05/08/could-this-dodge-wc57-command-car-have-been-pattons-own
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Wow I would have thought it would have sold at that price.
Link Posted: 6/3/2020 5:44:17 PM EST
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They tried selling it 3 years ago too but it make the reserve price with a high bid of 60k.

https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2017/05/08/could-this-dodge-wc57-command-car-have-been-pattons-own
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From that link: "On Friday, May 12, a Dodge WC57 equipped with these touches, but lacking specific documentation linking it to Patton, is slated to cross the block at Auctions America's Auburn sale."

Buy the gun command car, not the story.
Link Posted: 6/3/2020 5:45:16 PM EST
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From that link: "On Friday, May 12, a Dodge WC57 equipped with these touches, but lacking specific documentation linking it to Patton, is slated to cross the block at Auctions America's Auburn sale."

Buy the gun command car, not the story.
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Well that changes everything.
Link Posted: 6/3/2020 5:45:17 PM EST
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Well documented history back to the 1950s.  Patton used it in the mid 1940s.  Provenance sounds a bit weak.
Link Posted: 6/3/2020 5:49:07 PM EST
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Thanks!

Would love to own, drive, ride in and/or study!

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Rule 2: Never Hesitate
Rule 3: The $500 Rule
Rule 4: Buy Your Research, Not The Story



Link Posted: 6/3/2020 6:35:47 PM EST
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Didn't he wreck the last one?
Link Posted: 6/3/2020 6:43:57 PM EST
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My dads got a star off one of his jeeps.
Link Posted: 6/3/2020 7:36:19 PM EST
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That would be a neat type of truck to have. Tool around town in that but without all of the insignia.

My dad was in Europe during those days and I think he used to call them a weapons carrier.
Link Posted: 6/3/2020 7:39:08 PM EST
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No a weapons carrier had a bed. The were about the size of an ambulance.
Link Posted: 6/3/2020 7:43:55 PM EST
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Link Posted: 6/3/2020 7:49:01 PM EST
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Hell that's bad ass.

I'd pay 60k if it was verified to be his.
Link Posted: 6/3/2020 7:52:55 PM EST
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Like a roxor but better
Link Posted: 6/3/2020 8:58:38 PM EST
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I have a General Command Car in my garage as a project that has never been started.

neat vehicles.
Link Posted: 6/3/2020 9:04:10 PM EST
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Does the 1919 include a registered and transferable right side plate?
Link Posted: 6/3/2020 9:11:56 PM EST
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Does the 1919 include a registered and transferable right side plate?
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my uncle has a wicked propane firing browning 50 on his troop carrier.
Link Posted: 6/3/2020 10:18:06 PM EST
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They tried selling it 3 years ago too but it make the reserve price with a high bid of 60k.

https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2017/05/08/could-this-dodge-wc57-command-car-have-been-pattons-own
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Sounds like a good deal.  People here spend more than that on BroTrucks
Link Posted: 6/4/2020 10:49:29 AM EST
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I have a General Command Car in my garage as a project that has never been started.

neat vehicles.
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Dang. A picture would be awesome.

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