Did you know there is a little village in England called KNOCKDOWN? Show map

Did you know most people think that a WC64KD worked like a convertible, to be folded down when desired, since the vehicle was called a "knockdown" ambulance?
That was not the case, assembled in place would have been about a three or four-hour job for a half-dozen men.

Did you know almost all WC64KD's were shipped from the USA to France in 1945 and never drove in England? Stencil markings like CAUTION RIGHT HAND DRIVE, NO SIGNALS, MAX SPEED 55 MPH etc. don't belong on your KD

Did you know after D-day ambulances had no white stars on roof or bonnet?
They only painted red-crosses on them as the Geneva Convention says so plains couldn't mistake attacking them for they now where complete neutral.

Did you know
WWII ambulances where painted OD insite not white?
Although this may have been done when and if they were refurbished for later use.

Did you know in WWII ambulances had no sirens, blue or red flash lights?
Only MP and important vehicles had them, for example towing trucks(?)

Did you know the Geneva Red Cross symbol is protected by law and only to be used by members of the Red Cross or Army medical units?
Driving around with your historical ambulance with unprotected red crosses on public roads is illegal and you can be prosecuted for it.

Did you know there are only about 20-30 running WC-64 ambulances in the World
And I want to know where the are, please help me!

more to come....


As scarce as they are, the KD’s have turned up in several movies, although usually very briefly.
These include:

- Battle circus with Huphrey Bogart (1953)

- Kelly's Heroes (1970),
- The Forgotten War (narrated by Robert Stack),
- Back to the Beach, Fighter Squadron (1948),
- Command Decision (1948) with Clark Gable.


The WC-64 and al other WW2 ¾ton Dodge trucks were often called BEEP’s by the men. There are several stories about the Jeep’s name and it is actual the same story. In 1941 Major E.P. Hogan wrote a history of the vehicle and said, “ ‘Jeep’ is an old Army grease monkey term dating back to WWI and was used by shop mechanics to refer to any new motor vehicle received for testing.” For those old enough to remember the Popeye comic strip, it will be fondly recalled there was a character called “Eugene the Jeep.” Eugene was a “do it all” figure who could solve all sorts of complex problems. The public became so taken with his abilities; a capable person or thing was referred to as a “real Jeep!”
The name Jeep finally stuck when the chief test driver for Willys drove a prototype up the steps of the Capital Building and a bystander asked him, “What is that THING?” He yelled, “It’s a Jeep!” Washington Daily News reporter Katherine Hillyer overheard the remark and captioned the picture with the name…Jeep.
Before the Bantam designed vehicle, Dodge produced a gangly, massive Command Car on a ½ ton chassis. It was a 4x4 design and for a while it was called a Jeep. Later, they were called “Beeps,” or short for “Big Jeeps.”


Don't expect anyone to pay it for your KD but it is still a nice thought ;-)

- Unrestored and not drivable 10.000 Euro*
- Unrestored but drivable 13.000 Euro*
- Restored collectors item 25.000 Euro*
- Concourse style 30.000 Euro*

* just a indication by Hubert Arboux (F) Manual Tech. Dodge 42-45, I think prices in Europe are much lower (about 40%)

© MVPA written by Glenn D. Harris Mesa, Arizona, 1994
Mike Hitchens, Kent, England
Lou Moore, Shawnee, Kansas
Russell Pratt, Bahama, North Carolina.
Dodge Military Vehicles, 1940-1945, Collection No. 1 by T. Richards, Brooklands Books, England
Ordnance Supply Catalog, ORD 9 SNL G-502, Truck, 3/4 Ton, 4x4 (Dodge) (Model T-214), 1 May 1945.