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    U.S. 1957 Chevrolet Model 1503 Military Staff Car

    Nicholas Moran, a 6'5" Irishman who was commander of an M1icon Abrams tank as well as a Bradley Fighting vehicle in the Mideast has a series called Inside the Chieftain's Hatch. Nicholas now works for World of Tanks as their armor expert, he is currently providing reviews of military vehicles up for auction next month at Rock Island Auction Company.

    For those car aficionados here is a staff car up for auction, one of three known to exist they could be found on Army bases through the late 1960s. Watching him try to find something like the fuel filler or what some things on the dash are for can bring a smile as well as laughter from some of us older folks. 3-speed manual on the column, I learned to drive on one of these transmissions and a 59' VW Beetle.
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    I grew up with those too, at first I was thinking the filler would be under the licence plate(1960 Chevrolet Impala) until I saw none. Simple from there...
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    I remember them as well, but as I grew up on Army bases I remember that they had white painted panels parallel to the base of the front two windows (where you would rest your arm), upon which 'Military Police' was painted. Brings back memories of the base-registered POV reflective decal on the bumper, blue numbers for officers and red for enlisted, green for civilian.

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    I once went to look at a staff car for sale in the UKicon. The one thing that stood out about it was if you shut any of the doors they automatically locked and so you had to remember to take the keys out of the ignition or you would be locked out. The owner claimed that this was a normal feature because it was a staff car, although I wasn't 100% convinced. Personally I would never remember to always remove the keys from the ignition but this wasn't the reason that I didn't buy the car. Unfortunately it needed a new engine.


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