THE DUKW

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - GEAR -

You couldn’t call the DUKW ‘sleek’ or ‘at­trac­tive’ by tra­di­tional stan­dards. As far as au­to­mo­tive de­sign goes, it leaves a lot to be de­sired. In fact, only the pres­ence of six wheels un­der­neath even hint at the fact that it is any­thing more than a rusty old fish­ing boat. But there is some­thing about its no-frills-no-fuss de­sign that’s quite cool. Here is a ve­hi­cle built not to turn heads, but to get the job done: the same phi­los­o­phy that in­spired vehicles like the Jeep, Land Rover and Ge­landewa­gen. As you can un­doubt­edly tell, the DUKW was specif­i­cally created for mil­i­tary ap­pli­ca­tions, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing World War II and the Korean War. It was based on the US mil­i­tary’s CCKW trucks, and boasted all-wheel drive. It was only pro­duced from 1942 to 1945 but many ex­am­ples ex­ist to this day, and have found a sec­ond life as tourist buses.

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