General McArthur had several staff cars, one of which was identical to the
1941 Buick shown above with air-conditioning. General George S.
Patton, Jr. used a 1938 Cadillac in Europe in which he was involved
in an accident, ultimately resulting in his death in 1945.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower used a Packard Clipper for a staff car.
Toward the end of the war, the German army would often commandeer
civilian cars in Europe and convert them to military usage by cutting away
the rear of the body and fabricating a pickup truck like box on the back.
It was not unusual to see 1939 Buicks, Packards and Chevrolets in German
camouflage paint in convoys throughout Europe. This conversion by the Germans
was called a U-Wagon.
After the war, many of the staff cars were sent to salvage in
favor of newer models. As a result, few original WWII vintage staff cars remain.
Buick Century, serial number 1415244 (shown above), was
restored as a staff car and participates in World War II reenactments, parades
and other WWII festivities.
ADDITIONAL TECHNICAL DATA
Length............17 ft. 9 in.
Width..............6 ft. 1 in.
Height.............5 ft. 4 in.
Ground Clearance.........7 in.
Maximum Speed..........120 mph
Copyright 1995 Charles C. Roberts, Jr