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1942 Dodge WC 57 ¾ Ton Command Car

1942 Dodge WC 57 in The Third Man, Movie, 1949 IMDB

Class: Cars, Off-road / SUV — Model origin: US

1942 Dodge WC 57 ¾ Ton Command Car

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DAF555 SE

2006-06-22 22:03

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sixcyl FR

2006-06-22 23:43

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Dodge, but I never remember the type :/

Alexander DE

2006-06-23 01:03

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Quite an interesting line-up!

The first, that is just driving away, is a Dodge WC57 Command Reconnaissance Car with winch.
The next is a Dodge WC56 Command Reconnaissance Car without winch.
The following three are Dodge WC58 Command Reconnaissance Radio Cars. The middle one of those three has a retrofit hardtop and the windscreen was slighly tilted. I have no further reference about such conversions. The small picture shows another WC58.
The last one in the parking-lot is a Willys MB 'Jeep', again with a retrofit hardtop.

DodgeMan US

2006-07-21 19:37

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Alexander - you can't assume the last three are WC-58s because you see radio antennas. All the command cars could be fitted with radios. The WC-58 was specifically wired for a large radio in the back but a command car with an antenna doesn't mean it HAS to be a WC-58. If you look at the second smaller photo you can see at least 6 angled antennas, which means that probably all of these command cars have antennas. The most interesting thing about the photo is the hardtop command car. By the way, WC-58s were relatively rare - only slightly over 2000 were built.

- Dodgeman

Alexander DE

2006-07-21 19:59

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To what I know those cars that were factory fitted with a radio were specifically called WC-58. If you have further information on the names and special equipment of the vehicles I'd be happy if you share your knowledge. I am always eager to get new information.

DodgeMan US

2006-07-21 20:54

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The WC-58s were fitted with a radio and had different wiring from the standard command car and a few other minor differences. The command radio set was quite large - it took up most of the rear area between the front and rear seats. Both the WC-56 and WC-57 could also be fitted with radios with the addition of an antenna mount and some other modifications. These vehicles had 12 volt systems - some Dodge 3/4 ton WCs were 6 volts and some (WC-53, WC-56, WC-57 and I believe WC-58) were 12 volts. The main point in my earlier posting though was that a command car with an antenna is not necessarily a WC-58 and usually due to the small numbers built probably isn't - you are much more likely to see photos of a WC-56 with a radio.

I will check my TMs tonight and verify a couple of things.

-Dodgeman

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