Tuesday, October 20, 2015

German Barrel Nose: 1939 Ford G917T Universal Cab Truck

If you see a Ford truck from WWII decorated with German Army insignia the easy assumption is that it was captured and forced to fight on the wrong side, but you would be wrong.  Ford's Cologne plant was established in 1929 as a response to GM's investment in Opel where they started building a local version of the Model A, and Model B.  A few years later Ford-Werke built military cars and trucks for the German Army as the world descended into the largest armed conflict in history.  Find this 1939 Ford G917T Universal Cab Truck here on eBay offered for $20,000 buy-it-now located in Los Angeles, CA.

This is what is known as a Barrel Nose Ford truck, probably because the nose is shaped like a barrel...but possibly because the left front tire looks like a barrel nosed pygmy orangutan. Regardless, it isn't something you'd want to drive every day in San Francisco traffic, but you might find it useful for the annual 4th of July parade in Graniteville, CA (a picturesqe little ex-gold rush community located near the hammer in the Derringer shaped Nevada County, CA -- and yes they have a fantastic 4th of July parade).

Long gone is the original Ford sidevalve V8 and in its place is a 400 cubic inch small block Chevy (even in WWII Germany they were swapping SBCs into everything...sheesh...) mated to a Turbo 350 transmission. 

Nothing says creature comforts like a WWII Army transport vehicle -- and I guess the theory was that you were going to end up sleeping in a trench or dying from gangrene in a few months, so there was no reason for seat belts or an air ride. At least you got to "row" your own gears....but not anymore with the GM slushbox.

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  1. Paul in Calgary Alberta CanadaOctober 20, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    the SS lightning bolts on the licence plate are a very creepy step WAY too far and need to go immediately. Otherwise, interesting build, and a reminder of horrible times that Ford participated in

  2. This is an odd one. According to the description, it's not authentic ex-military. It's a reproduction that was designed and custom fabricated using historical photos of originals. I think it's cool and has the right look, however, when it really comes down to it, this is really just a custom built truck. There won't ever be any true collector value to this because it's not original and with the drivetrain it's not an accurate reproduction. Still, it's interesting and would draw a crowd. That said, $20K seems like a lot for it.

    1. My guess is most ex-Wehrmacht trucks didn't survive the war...

    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqOJELMPXpk

  3. Dont think i would take this through a small town 4th of july parade...


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