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October 17, 2019

Pennsylvania is auctioning off a 76-year-old, World War II-era DUCK Boat

Next week's auction will feature nearly 600 vehicles, but only one of those vehicles drives on land and floats in water

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Pennsylvania DUCK Boat Contributed image/Manheim

The Pennsylvania Department of General Services is auctioning off nearly 600 vehicles, including this 1943 GMC DUCK Boat.

The Pennsylvania Department of General Services is holding an enormous automobile auction on Oct. 22 in order to get rid of vehicles that are no longer used by state agencies. The auction will feature nearly 600 vehicles, including a runaway standout: a 1943 GMC DUCK Boat.

The World War II-era amphibious vehicle is officially called a 1943 GMC DUKW DUKW-353, which is a long title that gets in the way of saying this is a DUCK Boat. 

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The vehicle has a hollow body, which allows it to float, and a single propeller, which allows it to maneuver through bodies of water. It also drives on land. As you can see in the photo atop this story, it is majestic.

Here's a documentary about DUCK Boats, subtitled "The Truck That Went To Sea", which is a fantastic subtitle:

The boat has been driven a scant 2,008 miles, according to the auction listing. It's being sold because it's no longer used by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. You can look at some more photos of the very cool DUCK Boat at the listing.

The auction will also include some cars, like a Porsche Cayenne and a Jaguar XF, but honestly who cares about cars when you can buy a DUCK Boat? I certainly do not.

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Buyers at the auction are allowed to purchase vehicles with cash, along with money orders, cashier's checks, certified checks, or bank checks. (Obviously, the best way to buy a decades-old DUCK Boat would be with cash.)

The auction takes place at the Manheim Keystone Pennsylvania Auto Auction in Grantville, Pennsylvania, roughly two hours outside Center City, on Oct. 22. The event begins at 10 a.m. The state is encouraging anyone interested in attending the auction to pre-register.

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