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.