Americana Auction

General Patton's Dodge WC-57 sells for $177,000 at auction

A Jeep used by General Patton was auctioned off on June 13.

Photo courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers

General George S. Patton is one of the greatest leaders in U.S. military history. "Old Blood and Guts" as he was called may be best known for leading the U.S. Army in the Mediterranean during World War II, but he was a versatile man of many talents. He designed the Model 1913 Cavalry Saber, fenced, competed in the modern pentathlon at the 1912 Summer Olympics, and was an avid horseback rider.

Throughout his military career, Patton saw the U.S. military move from primarily using horses for transportation to using automobiles. But he wouldn't live long enough to see those vehicles be made into popular civilian models with cult-like followings, tragically dying after suffering for weeks with paralyzing injuries following a minor car accident in 1945.

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This year's Americana Auction featured a WC-57 (Lot 7591) modified for General George Patton with armor plating and high-volume horns and siren. It is a command car that was part of the 3rd Army's headquarters' motor pool with a 4x4 drivetrain and 230 cid, inline six-cylinder engine that generates 92 horsepower. The model features "three-star general" and "3rd Army HW" pennants as well a Browning .30 caliber machine gun.

The Dodge hasn't been in the possession of the U.S. government since the war ended. According to the auction website, in the decade following the war, Guy Franz Arend began collecting artifacts from the war that were significant in Belgium. Arend opened the WWII Victory Memorial Museum in Belgium in 1975. The model was on display there.

Fast forward 25 years and the collection was acquired by the Dean Kruse Foundation WWII Victory Museum. While there, the museum curator met with a former Army mechanic who recalled performing maintenance on that WC-57 and confirmed that it was used by Patton.

The sale of the WC-57 benefits the J. Kruse Education Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose mission is to assist returning veterans and K-12 students explore possible careers.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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The new Type R set a Suzuka Circuit lap record.

Honda

The new Honda Civic somehow improves on the formula laid out by its numerous predecessors and does so with style, refinement, and value. The Civic Si built on that foundation with a potent turbocharged engine and solid handling, but Honda's not done with the Civic. The automaker just teased the new Civic Type R, and it set records at Japan's Suzuka Circuit during a recent testing session.

The All-New 2023 Type R Achieves Track Record at Suzukawww.youtube.com

The Type R lapped Suzuka Circuit in 2 minutes, 23.120 seconds, a record-breaking lap for a front-wheel drive car. The video features neat telemetry information on-screen during the lap as well, but the real excitement comes later when full specs are revealed.

Honda's been understandably mum on details on the new Type R's powertrain and performance numbers, but the car is expected to carry the same powertrain with its predecessor. The 300-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine made that car a force to be reckoned with, so the 2023 Civic Type R will likely continue carrying that torch.

Honda Civic Type RHonda will fully reveal the car this summer. Honda

Honda will reveal the car in all its glory this summer. As for pricing, the previous car started around $38,000, so the new model should be around there to start. That, of course, is before dealers mark it up and other lucky buyers snap them up for insane resale on an auction site.

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