One of my favorite George Carlin skits is where he says, “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” You won’t have to worry about other drivers in this 1941 Ford M20 6×6, you’ll go where you want to go, when you want to go there, at whatever speed you want to go. This one is on Craigslist with an asking price of $19,995. That price is almost as scary as it would be seeing this thing coming up in your rear view mirror would be. It’s located in Mount Holly, Vermont.
The M20 was a general-purpose armored vehicle, mainly used as a commander’s vehicle, and it lacked the cannon turret of the M8. Ford manufactured the M20 in its St. Paul, Minnesota plant and around 3,800 of them were made for the WWII effort.
Restored versions of the M20 have sold for $60,000-$80,000 so maybe that price isn’t too far out of range, no pun intended. The seller says that they drove it 3 years ago but that it’s “not currently in working condition.” There is no mention of what the issue is but this probably isn’t something that you can drive into your corner garage and have Goober and/or Gomer check it out.
I’m not sure what’s going on in there, but that ain’t no 1942 steering wheel! It doesn’t even look like the same vehicle, padded door cards seems like an unusual thing for a WWII military vehicle. And, red at that! These vehicles were usually armed with either a 0.50 or 0.30 caliber machine gun meant to fight off low-flying aircraft, light-armored vehicles, or infantry. Typically, six armed personnel would be inside the M20.
This is a JDX Hercules inline-six with around 90-110 hp. I believe this is a 1943 model since Ford didn’t start production until July of 1943. This is an unusual one, and the price means that it won’t be a whim purchase for anyone. Are there any military collectors out there? If so, what do you think of the price of this M20?