1946 Dg Power Wagon Commercial Prototype

1946 Dg Power Wagon Commercial Prototype

September 2, 1945: a date that will always stand out for those who lived it. On this day, the Japanese formally surrendered ending World War II, thus marking the end of a frighteningly bloody chapter in human history.

Following this, as American GI’s were victoriously returning home, they discovered that they missed the reliability and strength of their Army trucks. In hopes of finding a civilian duplicate to their wartime vehicles, they wrote to Dodge and implored that one be created. The result: The Dodge Power Wagon.

1946 Power Wagon

1946 Power Wagon

The Dodge brand proudly built the Power Wagon based off of the 3/4-ton Army truck’s chassis with a civilian cab and a redesigned 8-foot cargo box. It featured a 126-inch wheelbase chassis and a 230 cubic-inch flathead six-cylinder engine, a two-speed transfer case and a 4-speed transmission.

The Power Wagon, although redesigned several times, remained in production until 1980, when the following year the Dodge Ram took its place. The Wagon’s design and capability helped it to become the predecessor for most of the four by four trucks we see on the road and was eventually reborn as the Ram 2500 Power Wagon available again today.

1946 Dg Power Wagon Farm

1946 Dg Power Wagon Farm

The 2011 Power Wagon is available with an off-roader’s wish list of standard equipment, including front and rear locking differentials, electronic disconnecting front sway bar, 33-inch offroad tires, complete underbody protection, and a custom 12,000-pound warn winch.

2011 Ram Power Wagons in Moab, Utah

2011 Ram Power Wagons in Moab, Utah

Check out this video below of the 2011 Ram Power Wagon being put through the paces out in Moab, Utah during the Easter Jeep Safari. To see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles, simply click any of the images in the post. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

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