The M35 series
vehicles have a classic American military truck appearance
1 + 2 men
Dimensions and weight
~ 6 t
2.27 / 4.5 t
Reo or Continental petrol
Maximum road speed
77 - 90 km/h
~ 480 km
~ 0.6 m
~ 0.6 m
0.76 / 1.98 m
The M35 army
truck was developed in the late 1940s by General Motors Corporation.
It was intended to replace wartime vehicles. The design was commonly
known as the Eager Beaver. Initial production contract was for 5 000
trucks. First vehicles were delivered to the US Army in 1950. The
M35 was planned as an interim vehicle, however as soon as Korean War
began, US Army needed these trucks in large numbers. By early 1980s
over 150 000 M35 series trucks were produced. Production ceased
in 1988. These trucks still remain in service with some countries.
series military trucks were simple in design and technology. Vehicle
has a payload capacity of 2.27 t payload capacity of
road and 4.5 t on hard surface roads. The baseline troop/cargo
carrier has removable seats. Cargo area is covered with bows and
canvas cover. This military vehicle can also tow trailers or light
artillery pieces with a maximum weight of 4.5 t on roads and 2.7 t
over rough terrain.
cab accommodates driver and two passengers. Most cabs have a
removable canvas cover, however some were fitted with hard tops. The
windscreen can be folded down. Some trucks has a machine gun ring
over the cab.
production vehicles were powered by Reo or Continental petrol
engines, developing 146 hp. Later A1 models of the M35 were all
powered by a Continental LDS 427-2 multi-fuel engines. The final
production model, the A2, was fitted with Continental LD 465-1 engine, developing 140
hp. This army truck has a 6x6
configuration with full-time all-wheel drive. With a deep wading kit
installed this truck fords water obstacles up to 2 m deep. Arctic
kit was available for these trucks for operation in extreme climatic
conditions. Many vehicles were fitted with a 4.5 t capacity winch.
The last version of the
M35 series was the A3. The M35A3 trucks were refurbished and
upgraded in order to reduce operational costs and improve
performance. Over 1 800 trucks were upgraded to the A3 standard.
These military vehicles were powered by a Caterpillar 3116 diesel
and had a number of new components.
variety of the M35 versions were available. These include dump
trucks, tractor trucks, fuel and water tankers, wreckers, shop,
repair, and medical vans.
trucks were license produced in Canada by Bombardier (MLVW)
and in South Korea by Kia Motors (Kia