From the estate of the late Gavin Taylor, test miles only since full restoration 1943 Willys Jeep 4x4 Registration no. YVS 957 Chassis no. GDW167116 Engine no. MB408680
Although forever associated with Willys-Overland, the original Jeep military vehicle was developed by American Bantam, formerly American Austin. Designed to meet the US Army's requirement for a rugged, go-anywhere, four-wheel-drive vehicle capable of surviving on the barest minimum of unskilled maintenance, Bantam's prototype Jeep was up and running by 1940. The Pentagon, though, doubted the firm's ability to meet the military's post-Pearl Harbour demands, so the major contracts went to Willys and the Ford Motor Company. Produced by the million, the ubiquitous Jeep saw service in every theatre of the Second World War and continued in military service with Armies worldwide for several decades thereafter. Today the Jeep remains highly sought after by discerning military vehicle enthusiasts.
The example offered here was purchased by the vendor's late husband and imported from Australia as an original WW2 Air Force Willys Jeep. On arrival in the UK it was despatched to renowned restorers The Carroserie Company (UK) Ltd, specialists in the restoration of vintage and classic motorcars, and treated to a full 'ground upwards' restoration costing circa £29,000. The Jeep was converted from right- to left-hand drive in the process and finished in Olive Drab to US specification at its late owner's request. 'YVS 957' has covered only a handful of 'test' miles since the restoration's completion to ensure that it is running correctly. Described by both the vendor and the restoration company as in generally excellent condition, this wonderful Willys Jeep is offered with restoration invoices, recent MoT certificate (expired July 2013) and Swansea V5C document.