A Truck Stuck in the 1946 Wayback Machine
|Written by B.Mitchell Carlson|
By 1940, military planners all but knew that the United States was eventually going to end up embroiled in World War II. Specifications were drawn up for military-specific truck configurations, and Dodge was at the forefront.
Contracts were let initially for a series of half-ton trucks based on the new-for-1940 Dodge civilian trucks with several cab and body configurations, including an SUV-like Carryall wagon. These VC-Series trucks held great promise, and they soon evolved into the WC-Series of military half-ton and lower-profile, three-quarter-ton WC-51 through WC-64 series trucks by December 7, 1941.
The three-quarter-ton trucks distinguished themselves as perhaps the best overall truck of WWII—as they were tougher than the Jeep and even the 1.5-ton Chevrolet—and more maneuverable than the latter to boot.