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.

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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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Musical artist H.E.R. has worked with Honda designers to customize a Civic Type R.

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H.E.R. graced the stage at the 2021 Honda Civic Tour but before that happens, the R&B singer-songwriter has put her stamp on a custom-designed Honda Civic Type R. This one-off is part of a longstanding tradition of Civic Tour headliners designing a custom Civic.

The unique-looking model is a reflection of H.E.R.'s personal values. Nuance, subtlety, and "sharing your heart" are held high. This all starts with the car's exterior where a deep black matte finish washes over the model while chameleon-tinted headlamps and windows, purple brake calipers and nebula painted trim are presented as intriguing highlights.

Designers worked to customize the cabin as well, adding nebula painted accents and special LED interior lighting that changes colors based on music and sound inside the vehicle by featuring custom colors, moods, brightness levels and rotating color patterns, adjustable by a smartphone.

H.E.R. Unveils Custom ‘Honda Civic Type R’ Presented by the 2021 Honda Civic Tour www.youtube.com

"One of the things that drew me toward the Honda Civic Tour was knowing that I'd be able to design my own vehicle, and out of all Civics, I picked the pinnacle Civic Type R," said H.E.R. "Infusing my personality into all aspects of my performances, and also expressing it through my favorite products, is something that I am passionate about. So being able to create and share my custom Honda Civic Type R with my fans is just so special to me."

H.E.R.'s custom Civic Type R joins Honda vehicles designed by past Civic Tour headliners, including Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Demi Lovato, blink-182, Black Eyed Peas, One Direction, Charlie Puth and more.

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The 2022 Infiniti QX60 is expected to hit the market later this year.

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The next-gen Infiniti QX60 is almost here. The long-awaited successor to the top-selling Infiniti model has been in the works for a while but the first official glimpse at the SUV happens today with the release of a teaser photo and video of the interior.

Billed as being "serene" and "spacious", the family-friendly crossover will retain its three rows of seating when it arrives stateside. It will also have premium leather appointments, intuitive technology, and ambient lighting, according to a release sent by the company.

The model was first teased in a private video shown to journalists in the autumn of 2019. Since there, a number of changes have been made. The fresh images show off a wide but not tall infotainment screen, similar to what you'd find on a Lexus or Hyundai. There's what appears to be a fully digital radio/climate controls screen on the center stack with physical dials for adjusting certain functionalities.

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There's a quilted leather dashboard and long horizontal design feature that seamlessly covers the dashboard vents under one housing. Though not shown, the QX60 is expected to have a fully digital instrument cluster.

Infiniti has already divulged a few key details about the revised QX60. It will be powered by a 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine that is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. That's the same power plant that is in the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder. The SUV will be available with all-wheel drive. It's likely that the QX60 will have drive modes similar to those in the Pathfinder.

The model will have a 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity. A 3,500-pound maximum is standard.

Infiniti is promising a Sports drive mode where the movement, power, and control of the car are said to be similar to those in a sports car. Gears are held longer and engine braking helps along the way.

The 2022 Infiniti QX60 is expected to arrive in North American showrooms in the fall of 2021, followed by other markets worldwide. It will debut June 23.

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