CHASSIS NO: 80020235
• Very original example
• Usable Military Service Truck for parades, events and reenactments
• Accompanied by many rare accessories
230 cid L-head inline six cylinder, 78 HP, four-speed manual transmission
The Dodge M37 is a three-quarter ton four-wheel drive service truck; it is the military variant of the Power Wagon and was used extensively by the United States armed forces during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Production of the M37 began in mid-January of 1951, with approximately 11,000 vehicles produced by the end of the year. In total, between 1951 and 1968 115,000 M37s were produced. A number of variants were produced with slightly different configurations: a command truck, telephone maintenance vehicle, ambulance, enclosed utility truck, and airfield fire engine.
The most common and sought-after by collectors is the convertible truck, the Model T245. It is the military version of the Power Wagon and is powered by an L-head inline six-cylinder engine displacing 230 cubic-inches and producing 78 horsepower. The military specification truck was also equipped with a four-speed partially synchronized manual transmission including a creeper first gear and a two-speed transfer case. This truck is capable of reaching speeds of 55 miles per hour but can be comfortably enjoyed at 45 miles per hour. The truck also features a fuel range of 150 miles, averaging about six miles per gallon under normal use. They were built for strength and were capable of pulling a tank weighing twice its weight. These three-quarter ton trucks proved to be very reliable and durable in all conditions.
The truck offered here is a very original example produced during the Korean conflict. While the bulk of these convertible military trucks either rusted out, took damage during services, or were scrapped, the few that remain are usually not in well-running order like this one. This truck is beleived to have only traveled a mere 40,000 miles during its long and well-cared for life. It comes from a long-term owner that was very knowledgeable of the Service Trucks and has correctly maintained it during his long ownership.
This example also comes with many hard-to-find accessories including correct, clean US five-gallon jerry gas can, OE brass fire extinguisher and cab mount, spare tire, troop seats, original manuals, pioneer kit, and even the hand crank. Everything works as it should and is included with the truck. Additional items with the truck are a period-correct flare gun, after market gun holder in the front seat, and several service manuals and technical information.
Over the last month, the truck has undergone a complete detailing and prep. With the increased interest in truck collecting, these types of trucks have rose in popularity and value and have become highly sought-after by many collectors. They rarely make it to market, as many remain in museums and collections for most of their lives. Mostly original and in well-running order, this Power Wagon is ready to be toured, used in parades, reenactments or proudly displayed.