On March 20, at the Bonhams auction, there will be an auction for an unusual military vehicle called the GMC DUKW 353. This is a three-axle amphibious assault transporter that can not only ride, but also swim. It is planned to raise up to 20 thousand pounds for the museum exhibit (a little over 2 million rubles).
The amphibian was developed at the start of World War II by engineers at Sparkman & Stephenson in collaboration with General Motors to address the challenges of amphibious assault landing operations. The base for DUKW was a cargo chassis, which was supplemented with a boat-like hull and a propeller. Both the wheels and the propeller were driven by the same 4.4-liter engine through a set of transfer cases. On land, an amphibian with a length of 9.5 meters could accelerate to 80 km / h, on water - up to 10 km / h and was capable of carrying up to 24 people.
Collected DUKW until 1945, the total circulation was more than 21 thousand copies. However, few machines have survived to this day, since most of them took part in real hostilities: for example, the United States supplied amphibians to its allies during World War II. Therefore, the auction house calls the copy of 1943 for sale one of the few that survived.
- There is no data on his participation in the battles, although the amphibian was part of the 19th Airborne Squadron of the British Army. After the war, the car was mainly kept in museums - first in the collection of one of the technical colleges, then in the collection of the Army Transport Museum in British Yorkshire until its closure in 2003. It is claimed that the amphibian is in good condition, although the car was freed of all technical fluids before being placed in the museum - therefore, some efforts will be required to restore the amphibian's ability to move.
- In February, it became known about the sale of another rare amphibian, but already of a civil nature - the Cool HydrSpyder supercar, built with borrowing parts from the Chevrolet Corvette. This copy is estimated at 189 thousand dollars (almost 14 million rubles).