With a total of 562 500 units produced, the GMC CCKW is the WWII emblematic light truck, released in numerous variants : cargo, gasoline tanker, water tanker, workshop, artillery tractor, compressor, tipper truck, amphibious truck etc…

As steel was more heavily rationed during the course of the war, the steel cargo bed was replaced by a wooden one. Wooden beds proved unsatisfactory and a ‘composite’ bed with steel sides, framing, and wooden bottom slats was developed. For the same reason, many vehicles saw their original closed cabs abandoned in favor of open cabs with canvas top.  They were called “torpedo”.  They also offered a lower silhouette for shipment.

Our GMC cargo is nicknamed by the club members “caisse bois” which translates into “wooden bed” as it is its distinctive feature.  It is a banjo axle model (Chevrolet) and is equipped with a winch.

C : designed in  1941

C : conventional  cab

K : all-wheel drive

W : dual rear axles

353 : GMC type

B2 : banjo axle with winch

Technical data

Weight 8,800 lb (4,000 kg) empty
16,400 lb (7,400 kg) loaded
Length 270 18 in (6.86 m)
Width 88 in (2.24 m)
Height 93 in (2.36 m) to cab
109 18 in (2.77 m) overall
Engine GMC 270
91 hp (68 kW)
Transmission 5 sped x 2 range transfer case
Suspension Beam axles on leaf springs
Fuel capacity 40 US gal (150 l)
300 mi (482.8 km)
Speed 45 mph (72 km/h)