Tour E – Staff Car
If you prefer a higher level of comfort then take a seat aboard our magnificent 1940 DODGE Sedan.
This vehicle was the genuine property of the United States Army. The wing blackout lights are original!
What is a “Staff car”? By early 1940, as war raged in Europe, it was clear that in the long run the United States would become involved, either with men or with materiel. Like all armies in the world, to ensure its communication links with command, the US military had a fairly large fleet of cars. After Pearl Harbour, entry into the war necessitated the rapid acquisition of tens of thousands of vehicles. To meet this need, three functions were used to make the necessary contributions: requisition (which although limited still occurred), direct purchase from car dealerships (29,000 sedans stocked after the shutdown of production in February 1942), and purchase from the manufacturers. In this context, the United States government bought most of what was available. No standardization was possible, which is why the army chose to classify its cars into the following categories: Light Field Sedan: those with four doors and five seats; Medium Field Sedan: vehicles with four doors and seven seats and Heavy Field Sedan: cars with four doors and five or seven seats (series in which we find the majority of the Packard 160, 180, 190 and 2000, as well as the Clipper Custom Light and Medium station wagon). Originally a seven-seater Field Sedan with an extended body was called a “Limousine”, or “Converted Sedan Bus”. Acquired from the industry, it met two specifications as before, the MCM17 for the light sedan and the MCM18 for the mid-size sedan. The standard colour was dull olive, including the chrome. An exception was made for cars of senior general officers in the United States or those assigned to diplomatic missions; it was then painted black. Special equipment could be installed including blackout lights at the front and rear, an ignition shield, reinforced bumpers, a fire extinguisher, sometimes a gun rack, or even air conditioning. Models of the 1940s, 1941, 1942 and sometimes even 1943 for Packard (the Heavy Field sedan) corresponded to the class of luxury sedans or limousines reserved for Officer Generals. During this period, the manufacturer Packard showed great interest in this offer. Without waiting, from 1941, the cars of its civilian range, with four doors and the model “One sixty eight”, received their military plates without being painted in the colour dull olive.
We offer a range of options for our special “Jeep Tour in Normandy” excursion:
1 hour: Package 120 € for 1 to 4 people maximum
4 passengers maximum.
Longer personalized tours available on request. Please contact us for details