The M29 Weasel was a tracked vehicle designed by Studebaker for operations in mud and snow fitting 15-inch span track links along a basic chassis.
The hull superstructure was plain and boxy with a folding windscreen at front and an optional canvas covering over the passenger cabin.
The driver was positioned at the front-left with three seats spanning the width of the hull just aft of his.
As a tracked vehicle, Weasels provided solid cross-country performance. They could traverse high grades and provisions were added for amphibious capabilities (as the “Water Weasel”) when crossing water sources. The vehicle could manage trenches of 36 inches obstacles as high as 24 inches. When not called to transport personnel, the Weasel could be used to haul some 3,800lbs of goods into battle.
Despite their being designed for combat actions in Norway, the Weasel was never used as such. Instead, it saw combat service in mainland Europe including the Italian Campaign. The Weasel was used by the 1,800-strong American/Canadian 1st Special Service Force – the “Devil’s Brigade” or “Black Devils” – from 1942 to late-1944. The Devil’s Brigade fought throughout the Aleutians, Italian, Anzio and French campaigns before being disbanded on December 5th, 1944.
This Studebaker M29C Weasel was used after the war by Swedish army and is therefore “Bandvagn M/48” Configurated. The Swedish army bought weasels after WWII to use, and this is one of them. Not many M48 are left today in original condition.
M29C Weasel personnel Carrier tracked;
Serie Nr. M29C-4891 (post war modification to BANDVAGN M/48)
Engine: Studebaker Model 6-170 Champion 6-cylinder gasoline; 70 bhp (52 KW) at 3,200 rpm;
Motor Nr. T24 5689
Speed: 36 mph (58 km/hr);
Dimensions: (lxwxh) approx. 320x168x180cm;
Weight: 1,700 kg.
Vehicle is in good running condition. Restoration level: Class B. Vehicle is recently fully serviced. Fuel tanks is installed in the rear to add a co-driver seat in the front. Weasel is equiped with postwar rubber tracks.