Lot number 401

Studebaker Weasel M29C

This 1945 M29C ‘Weasel’ is a diamond in the rough. It is in need of a complete restoration. And all thought the floor has not survived the test of time, this Weasel is still remarkably complete. The complete rudder system, winch, reel, rear seats and data plates are all still in place. These M29C’s  are a rare sight and keep increasing in value. So this one definitely deserves to be rescued.

Movie: Studebaker Weasel M29C

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Thompson, OH, USA.
Year of construction
Country of origin
Estimated price
€ 8.000 - € 12.000
Non runner / relatively complete / needs full restoration.



This M29C is in need of a complete restoration. And all thought the floor has not survived the test of time, this Weasel is still remarkably complete. The complete rudder system, winch, reel, rear seats and data plates are all still in place. We advise you to thoroughly inspect the Weasel during a viewing day to obtain an accurate assessment of its current condition.

Technical details

Manufacturing date
Serial number
Will follow
15 ft 9 in (4,80 m)
5 ft 6 in (1,68 m)
Height (top up)
5 ft 11 in (1,80 m)
Height (top down)
4 ft 3 in (1,30 m)
3.800 lb. (1.700 kg)
Max. speed (land)
36 mph (58 km/h)
Max speed (water)
4 mph (6 km/h)
Operational range
165 mi (266 km)
Studebaker Model-6, 170 Champion 6 cyl., 70 hp
4 (1 driver, 3 passengers)
Production numbers
Nearly 8.000 M29C's


The idea for the M29 Weasel came from the work of British inventor Geoffrey Pyke in support of his proposals to attack Axis forces and industrial installations in Norway. Pyke’s plan to hamper the German nuclear weapons program became Project Plough for which he proposed a fast light mechanized device that would transport small groups of commando troops of the 1st Special Service Force across snow. It would need to be air transportable, capable of being dropped by parachute and to carry arms, explosives and minimal resupply stocks.

M29C Water Weasel
The M29C was the main variant of the Weasel. The M29 was already partly amphibious, able to traverse shallow and calm waters such as rivers and streams, but could not operate in rough, sea like waters. The M29C amended this issue, with the addition of buoyancy aids in the rear of the hull as well as two rudders. Removable pontoons were also added to the front and rear and changes were made to the treads of the track links to allow it to propel itself in water, although it was very slow. This still didn’t make the M29 capable of seaborne amphibious landings, but allowed to be more stable in deeper or slightly rougher inland waters.

The M29C had a front engine, rear wheel drive system, 20-inch tracks And performed exeptional in sandy, muddy, and desert terrains, including towing loads over terrain wheeled vehicles could not negotiate. In the U.S. Marine invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa it proved itself invaluable.
As it was amphibious and could cross terrain too soft for most other vehicles, it was used widely in both Italy and on the Western Front. In active service in Europe, Weasels were used to supply frontline troops over difficult ground when wheeled vehicles were immobilized. It went ashore on Normandy, it was with the U.S. Army during the breakthrough at St. Lo, the Battle of the Bulge and in the mud of the Roer and the Rhine. The M29 was primarily a cargo carrier, but was also used as a command vehicle, radio platform, and signal line layer. U.S. soldiers soon realized the Weasel could also be used as an all-terrain ambulance, as it could get to places not even Jeeps could. Another use was for crossing minefields, as its ground pressure was often too low to set off anti-tank mines.

After the war many surplus M29s were sold to allied countries (Norway, Sweden, France, etc). Some M29C and M29 survived to serve in Korea, supplementing 1/4 ton 4×4 cargo vehicles in rough conditions. They served in Arctic and cold weather operations until retired in 1958. Large numbers of retired Weasels were sold off in the 1950s to civilians and municipal organizations. For example, 25 Weasels were loaned for VIII Olympic Winter Games in 1960.

Why buy an amphibious vehicle?
Amphibious vehicles captivate collectors due to their rarity, uniqueness, and historical significance. These distinctive vehicles, capable of seamlessly transitioning between land and water, represent a niche segment in automotive and military history. Collectors are drawn to their unconventional design and engineering, appreciating the innovative solutions required for dual-terrain functionality. Often associated with military applications or iconic moments in transportation evolution, these vehicles become prized additions to collections, showcasing technological advancements and adaptive capabilities. The scarcity of amphibious models contributes to their allure, with enthusiasts relishing the opportunity to own a piece of unconventional automotive heritage. Their dual-purpose nature and ability to evoke a sense of adventure also appeal to collectors seeking distinctive and conversation-starting additions to their portfolios. In the world of collectibles, amphibious vehicles stand out as not just mechanical artifacts but as symbols of ingenuity, versatility, and a bygone era of exploration. The thrill of driving into water, becoming afloat, and then sail off from the shore is a feeling that cannot be described. It needs to be felt!

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