WWII-era G-7117 Lives the Best Civilian Life
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.