1945 Ford  Jeep Army GWP
Lot 305
1945 Ford GPW "Jeep" Chassis no. GPW247613
Sold for US$ 25,000 inc. premium
Lot Details
1945 Ford GPW "Jeep"
Chassis no. GPW247613
134ci L-head Willys "Go-Devil" inline four-cylinder engine
Single Carter WO-596S one barrel downdraft carburetor
60bhp at 4,000rpm
Three speed manual transmission
Four-wheel telescopic hydraulic suspension with semi-elliptical leaf springs and
Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes

-Real military Jeep
-Frame-off restoration by noted military Jeep restorer
-Classic, timeless style and looks
-Very capable both off-road and on

The GPW "Jeep"

While America was enduring the worst economic times in its young history, a war was brewing overseas. But even before America's involvement became a sure thing, the U.S. Army instigated a program to modernize its fleet with a "general purpose, personnel, or cargo carrier especially adaptable for reconnaissance or command, and designated as a ¼-ton 4x4 truck." Ford Motor Company, American Bantam Car Company, and Willys-Overland Motors all competed for the government's affections but American Bantam was the initial winner of the bid. However, government interest in standardization and Willys' production capacity, lower cost, and "Go Devil" motor won them the contract, but not without implementing the better Bantam and Ford features. Towards the end of 1941, Willys' facilities couldn't keep up with demand, so Ford was contracted to produce the Jeep through the end of World War II.

The Motorcar Offered

From 1942-45, Ford produced 277,896 Jeeps, but it's a good bet that there is no other vehicle that has exhibited a greater rate of attrition than a WWII-era Jeep. Hence, finding a good example of American gumption and fortitude is a tough endeavor. With this example, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better example than this 1945 Ford Military Jeep – yes, this is a military version and not a civilian converted to military specs. Having received a complete frame-off restoration by a renowned specialist of Army Jeeps, this Jeep is the ultimate testament to the Greatest Generation.

Footnotes

  • Please note this car is titled with chassis number 247613.
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