WWII-era G-7117 Lives the Best Civilian Life

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1942 Chevrolet G-7117

No longer needing to carry personnel to the front lines, this Chevy heads to the auction block as a custom camper.

The Chevrolet G506 series helped win the war for both the United States and the Soviet Union in World War II, thanks in part to how versatile the platform was. From training soldiers in the U.S. Army to fire tank turrets, to carrying personnel to the front lines, the G506 series was as tough as they come.

While perusing through the listings for Mecum Auctions’ latest stop in Las Vegas November 15th through the 17th, we came across one of Chevy’s greatest vets in the form of a 1942 G-7117 personnel carrier performing civilian duty as a custom camper.

1942 Chevrolet G-7117

No longer needing its combat uniform, the G-7117 now wears a wonderful shade of burgundy over its body, accented by white steel wheels and the custom oak camper body “complete with sleeper and kitchenette,” plus all of the tools needed for whatever mission the Chevy takes on.

1942 Chevrolet G-7117

Under the hood is not the original 235 cu-in inline-six, but a 350 V8 linked to a four-speed manual to deliver the goods to all corners. There’s a winch on the front bumper to pull a buddy out of a sticky situation, and an air horn to let everyone know you’re here to serve.

1942 Chevrolet G-7117

Inside the Chevy’s cab, the metal dash and door panels are also in burgundy, while the matching seats are covered with lambskin seat covers for extra comfort and coziness.

1942 Chevrolet G-7117

This Chevy definitely has earned its right to the good life after serving in combat. May its next owner enjoy the good life with it.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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