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WW II vehicles battle for bids at auction
Biggest sale of tracked vehicles ever.

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On December 8th, Auctions America by RM is holding one of the largest ever sales of WW II-era vehicles at the National Military History Center in Auburn, Indiana. Over 80 vehicles, including this White M3A1 Armored Scout Car will be crossing the block, with all of the proceeds going toward preserving the non-profit museum.

Click through for a few of our favorites.

(Auctions America)

1943-44 Pacific M26 6x6 Armored "Dragon Wagon" Tank Recovery Vehicle

Even tanks need to call in the cavalry now and then. The "Dragon Wagon" was designed to haul disabled vehicles onboard weighing up to 45 tons, and with its 6x6 drivetrain get them out of harm's way, even if that meant driving through water four and a half feet deep.

Estimated price: $20,000-$40,000

(Darin Schnabel ©2012 Courtesy of RM Auctions)

1940 Humber Hexonaut GS 6x6 Amphibious Prototype

Literally one of a kind, the Humber Hexonaut is the only surviving version of this prototype amphibious vehicle, with one engine and transmission on each side it was steered like a tank and used the deep treads of its tires to propel it through the water. It was designed to fit on board a C47 "Dakota" transport plane, which explains its tall and narrow design.

Estimated price: $30,000-$50,000

(Auctions America)

1943-44 Opel Maultier Panzer-Werfer 42 Armored Half-Track Rocket Launcher

This half-track rocket launcher was designed by a German Panzer division in need of a vehicle that could cope with the muddy, unpaved terrain on the Eastern front during the rainy season and spring thaw.

Estimated price: $45,00-$60,000

(Darin Schnabel ©2012 Courtesy of RM Auctions)

1944 Fiat-SPA TL37 4x4 Artillery Tractor

Riding on tiptoe-tall tires and fitted with four-wheel steering, this Italian troop transporter was ideal for navigating the tight and twisty mountain roads of Northern Italy. Believe it or not, even taller tires were fitted to deal with the sandy terrain of Northern Africa.

Estimated price: $45,000-$55,000

(Darin Schnabel ©2012 Courtesy of RM Auctions)

1942-45 GMC DUKW - 353 6x6 Amphibious Truck

"The Duck" was one of the most abundand vehicles built during the war. Over 21,000 were made to transport troops and cargo to and from ships to land where harbors weren't available. Using a propeller, the amphibian could hit 6.3 mph on the water. Many are used today as sightseeing vehicles in cities like New York and Washington, D.C.

Estimated price: $50,000-$75,000

 

(Darin Schnabel ©2012 Courtesy of RM Auctions)

WW II vehicles battle for bids at auction

Biggest sale of tracked vehicles ever.

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