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Bishop, McCormick & Bishop
Bishop, McCormick & Bishop Co., 1910-1960s; Brooklyn, New York
 
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Derham
     

The Bishop, McCormick and Bishop Dodge War Wagon appeared in the December, 1942 issue of Motor Magazine.  Although the hideous-looking vehicle is commonly attributed to the longtime Brooklyn, New York Dodge distributor, it was actually built for them by the Derham Company of Rosemont, Pennsylvania. 

Bishop, McCormick and Bishop sought to create a multi-purpose wartime vehicle with the Ď3-in-1 War Wagoní. With the assistance of Dodge engineers and Derham, the trunk of a standard 1942 Dodge four-door sedan was removed and replaced by a long wooden body extension giving the vehicle a capacity of 15 passengers. The normally open rear quarters could be enclosed during inclement weather by the release of a rolled canvas canopy that resided under the roof. 

If used as a bus, the rear compartmentís passengers were seated sideways on long bench seats. The versatile vehicle could also be converted into a four stretcher ambulance, or even a 1-ton cargo truck if necessary. The rear compartment formed an integral part of the carís bodywork, and passengers could travel freely between the sedanís interior and the raised rear compartment whose floor was built at the same level as the rear seat cushion. To handle the heavy load, a dual-wheel rear axle and heavy-duty rear springs from a 1-ton Dodge truck were installed in place of the stock sedanís drivetrain. 

Bishop, McCormick and Bishop's prototype was driven in and around Brooklyn hoping that its mass production would be approved by the War Production Board. Mass production never occurred, however a few examples are known to have been built, with both 2- and 4-door sedans serving as donor cars. A small number were ordered by Civil Defense agencies in and around New York during the war, and many were painted white, giving them an extra dose of ugly. After the war, the were popular with local tradesmen, especially plumbing and heating contractors.

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