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Full Metal Jacket 1941 Dodge Power Wagon Has Hidden Handgun Compartments

As did most of the companies that ran factories back in the early 1940s, Dodge too was involved in the war effort. We’re not talking of course about the Dodge (also known as Fargo back then, at least on the contracts signed with the government) that is now making Challengers and Chargers, but the one tasked with building military-spec trucks.
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And tough ones, at that. American soldiers loved their Dodge trucks, and over 400,000 of them were made during the war years. Among them there were the WC series, vehicles that together with the Ford and Willys Jeeps made up for roughly all the four-wheel drive trucks used by the military during the war.

The WC series spawned civilian versions that were generically called the Power Wagon after the end of the war. The medium duty truck was made from 1945 until 1980, and was revived as a trim for Ram trucks.

Now, decades later after they were initially made, because of their nature, they are not exactly favorites of the custom industry. There are garages that build them, though, and the results are always spectacular.

The 1941 Power Wagon we have in the gallery above is a good example of that. Presently listed as for sale during the Mecum Eddie Vannoy collection auction in June, the truck appeared in several specialized publications and is the winner of several prizes.

Nicknamed Full Metal jacket, it comes in a military-looking gray and black paint scheme with Brazilian hardwood with hand-brushed metal bed and leather upholstery inside. Under the hood sits a 3.9-liter Cummins turbo diesel engine linked to an automatic transmission.

As a twist and also a nod to its history, the 1941 Dodge Power Wagon comes with several hidden handgun compartments in the floor panels. Mecum does not say how much it hopes to fetch for the truck.

 
 
 
 
 

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