Lot 0309: 1944 Studebaker M29 ‘Weasel’ (USA)
Although the M29 Weasel’s intended mission never took place, it found work transporting troops and supplies during World War II and was loved by its crew. Designed and manufactured at a feverish pitch even as its raison disappeared, it went on to find many as well military and civilian applications.
Fully tracked and amphibious, it carried a payload and crew approximately that of a jeep. Its outstanding feature was its minimal ground pressure, less than that of a human foot!! In snowy and muddy regions its crews, riding on its wide full-length tracks, would race over terrain that would stymie a man wading waist deep in the drifts.
In the subsequent decades they were used in swampy, snowy, and difficult terrain by troops across the globe.
After the war they were deployed, but not employed, by the U.S. Army.
Civilian deployments included ski patrolling, even supporting the 1960 Winter Olympics.
During WW-II Weasels often made the difference for resupplying front-line troops, where larger vehicles could not go.
Model: Studebaker M29 Weasel
Manufacturer: The Studebaker Corporation South Bend Indiana USA
Engine: Studebaker Model 6-170 Champion 6-cylinder gasoline; 70 bhp (52 KW) at 3,200 rpm
Maximum speed: 36 mph (58 km/hrs.)
Gross weight: 3,800 lb. (1,700 kg) dry
Crew: 4 (1 driver + 3 passengers)
Dimensions Length: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Width: 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Height: 4 ft 3 in (1.30 m) or 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) to top of windscreen
Date of Delivery: 01-1944
Serial No.: 2071
Location: Eernegem Belgium
Condition: Nicely restored condition
Permits: No specific permits required
Between € 28.000 and € 35.000