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    1956 GMC XM-157 Drake - photo and video

    The XM-157 Drake was an 8-ton 8x8 amphibious craft developed by General Motors for the US Army. The 45-foot long craft weighed 8 tons and was powered by two 5.0-liter engines.



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    Pretty neat machine. I wonder if they were ever adopted by the army and produced, or if it was just the prototype. Puts the WWII DUKW to shame with its manuverability and power.

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    Was this one rear wheel drive or all wheel drive? 45 ft long would limit where you could bring it ashore if only rear wheel drive. If the bank were a little steep the rear axle would float and not have any traction.


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