1918 Standardized Class-B Military Truck: ‘Nancy’

The First Division Museum’s 11-year-long, multiple truck project is finally complete!

Premiering in August of 2018, our truck is one of very few in operating condition. Designed, tested, and completed for production in late 1917, the Standardized Class-B ‘Liberty Truck’ was one of three classes of standardized truck designs. It was designed to replace all previously used motor vehicles to streamline the US Army’s vehicle maintenance process. One hundred fifty different manufacturers produced the parts while fifteen companies assembled the vehicles on assembly lines. Despite over 10,000 being produced from 1918-1919, very few made it overseas in time for service during WWI.

The only documented use of the truck with the 1st Division comes from post-war sources. While the vehicle saw little action during the WWI, it represents a massive technological and ideological leap forward for the US military. The Standardized Military Truck streamlined the way we trained, produced, and maintained motor vehicles and equipment. This concept is a central pillar of our modern military’s ability to move, fight, and communicate.

Technical Data

Weight: 10,400lbs (unloaded)/16,400-18,400lbs (max load)
Engine: 424 cubic-inch, ‘L-head’ 4-cylinder (52bhp) gasoline
Transmission: 4-speed, 1-reverse
Crew: 1 (driver)
Top Speed: 14mph (on level ground)
Fuel: 32-gallon capacity with an average of 3.5 to 7mpg (driver and roads permitting)
Total Produced: 12-14,000 (estimated)