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1945 GMC DUKW Military Amphibious Vehicle


Erie,PA,United States

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DUKW 1945 “The Donald”  Manufacturer's code for a type of military wheeled amphibious landing-craft (D means 1942, U means utility (amphibious), K means all-wheel drive, W means 2 powered rear axles)

The DUKW was designed by Rod Stephens, Jr. of Sparkman & Stephens, Inc. yacht designers, Dennis Puleston, a British deep water sailor resident in the U.S., and Frank W. Speir, a Reserve Officers' Training Corps Lieutenant out of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[8] Developed by the National Defense Research Committee and the Office of Scientific Research and Development, it was initially rejected by the armed services. When a United States Coast Guard patrol craft ran aground on a sand bar near Provincetown, Massachusetts, an experimental DUKW happened to be in the area for a demonstration. Winds up to 60 knots (110 km/h), rain, and heavy surf prevented conventional craft from rescuing the seven stranded Coast Guardsmen, but the DUKW had no trouble, and the military opposition melted. The DUKW would later prove its seaworthiness by crossing the English Channel.

 The GMC DUKW Certainly the world’s most iconic amphibious vehicle, the DUKW or Duck was one of the vital vehicles of WW2.

Almost written of as laughable during its earliest demonstrations by senior US Army officers, the smug smiles were soon wiped off their faces when the prototype DUKW answered a distress call in very rough seas right in front of them and safely landed the crew of a coastguard cutter on the beach.

Undoubtedly D Day and the days after were heavily influenced by the DUKW which allowed men, materials and supplies to be landed ashore before a port was taken, in pretty unpleasant seas.

Built around the Banjo axle GMC 6x6 chassis, the DUKW has the same GMC 270 cubic inch engine and transmission.

It has a very low seaboard but can handle some surprisingly rough seas.

Even 60 years on, DUKW’s continue to operate in civilian life, most notably for River Tours in major cities such as London, Boston, Pittsburgh and Dublin, where tourists marvel at the chance to be driven and ferried around the city in the same vehicle.


Type: Amphibious transport Place of origin United States

Boat Details
Fuel Gas/PetrolHull Material Steel 
Number of Engines 1    

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Fax:  814.455.4300


Production history
Manufacturer: GMC
Number built: 21,147

Weight: 6.5 short tons (5.9 t) empty
Length: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Width: 8 ft 2 7/8 in (2.5 m)
Height: 7 ft 1.375 in (2.17 m) without ring mount
Crew: 1
Main armament: ring mount for machine gun fitted to 25% built


GMC 6-cylinder 269 cid, 94 hp
This DUKW is power by a 350 Cu In GM 8 cylinder engine with a newly installed Quadrajet Carburetor & a 3 speed automatic transmission


14 hp/tonne
Payload capacity: 2.5 short tons (2.3 t) or 12 troops
Suspension: wheels, 6×6

Operational range

400 mi (640 km) at 35 mph (56 km/h) on road, 50 nmi (93 km; 58 mi) on water
Speed: 50 mph (80 km/h) on road, 5.5 kn (10.2 km/h; 6.3 mph) on water


• 6 new tires
• 4 new bilge pumps and float brackets, with new hoses and thru-hull fittings
• Front end seals and bearings have been replaced along with new wheel lugs
• 5 Hull patches –steel removed and re-welded to USCG Specs
• Fully re-wired to USCG Specifications by Great Lakes Electrical Services
• New Brakes
• New 40 gallon fuel tank
• New plexi-glass windshield
• New Icom Marine VHF
• New air horns
• 2 new high-water bilge alarms
• 41 PFD’s aboard – 27 adult, 14 youth
• Registered by PA Fish & Boat Commission thru 2014
• Penn DOT State inspection
• New Fireboy 500 Cu In Fire Suppression System w/auto engine shutdown and override switch
• Seating available for up to 29 passengers


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Custom Contact Information

“The Donald” may be seen by appointment at RCR Yachts of Erie 960 West Bayfront Parkway Erie, PA 16507 Contact: 814-455-6800