1945 Ford GPW "Jeep"  Chassis no. GPW247613
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 1945 Ford GPW "Jeep"  Chassis no. GPW247613 1945 Ford GPW "Jeep"  Chassis no. GPW247613 1945 Ford GPW "Jeep"  Chassis no. GPW247613 1945 Ford GPW "Jeep"  Chassis no. GPW247613 1945 Ford GPW "Jeep"  Chassis no. GPW247613 1945 Ford GPW "Jeep"  Chassis no. GPW247613 1945 Ford GPW "Jeep"  Chassis no. GPW247613
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.
Activities
Auction information

This auction is now finished.

If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the motorcars department or request a complimentary motorcar appraisal.

If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

Like the vast majority of auctioneers Bonhams charge what is known as a Buyer's Premium. Buyer's Premium on all Automobilia lots will adhere to Bonhams group policy:

25% up to £50,000 of hammer price,
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 of hammer price,
and 12% on the balance thereafter. This applies to each lot purchased and is subject to VAT.

For Motor Cars and Motorcycles a 15% Buyer's Premium is payable on the first £50,000 of the final Hammer Price of each Lot, and 12% on any amount by which the Hammer Price exceeds £50,000. VAT at the standard rate is payable on the Premium by all Buyers, unless otherwise stated.

Some lots may be subject to VAT on the Hammer Price. These lots will be clearly marked with the relevant symbol printed beside the lot number in the catalogue.

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Eric Minoff
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 917 206 1630
    FaxFax: +1 212 644 9007
  2. Evan Ide
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work Boston, United States
    Work +1 917 340 4657
  3. Rupert Banner
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 212 461 6515
    FaxFax: +1 212 644 9007
Similar Items