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ased on Dodge’s three­quar­ter-ton WC se­ries, which served dur­ing World War II, the civil­ian Power Wagon con­tin­ued Dodge’s lin­eage of four-wheel-drive trucks from the ’30s. They proved to be ba­sic, but ef­fec­tive, four-wheeldrive con­cepts and rep­re­sent a sig­nif­i­cant pre­de­ces­sor to the mod­ern-day equiv­a­lents. Span­ning 34 years of pro­duc­tion, the Power Wagon was pro­duced un­til 1980.

The ex­am­ple in front of us, a 1949 Dodge Power Wagon, looks as though it has just rolled off the fac­tory pro­duc­tion line it left all those years ago. It has been metic­u­lously re­stored by the cur­rent owner to re­move any age-worn im­per­fec­tions and given a new life with pe­riod- cor­rect post-war paint­work. The driv­e­line hasn’t been for­got­ten ei­ther, with the orig­i­nal 230ci (5.1-litre) flat­head in-line-six hav­ing been re­moved in favour of a brand-new 360ci (5.9-litre) small block Mopar crate mo­tor with only 80km racked up since in­stal­la­tion. A four-speed floor­shifted man­ual trans­mis­sion is bolted be­hind. Mopar V8 power and a four-speed man­ual in­side a ’40s truck, how could that not make you smile?

Ad­di­tion­ally, power steer­ing has been in­stalled to help ma­noeu­vre such a bat­tle-ready ma­chine on the road — yes, it is com­pletely reg­is­tered, war­ranted, and cer­ti­fied — or into a keen col­lec­tor’s show­room as a stun­ning piece of his­tory. The brakes have been given some at­ten­tion, too, with pow­ered disc ex­am­ples in­stalled, al­low­ing this tough unit to slow down in a hurry, and there’s a power-take­off (PTO) winch (with cover) in case your off-road­ing ad­ven­tures land you in a spot of bother.

If you think this war-in­spired truck be­longs in your drive­way, you can con­tact Sharyn, who is sell­ing it on be­half, to or­ga­nize a view­ing — ph. 021 245 4773. The owner has an ask­ing price of $65K firm.

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