1944 Jeep
Lot 353
Never been restored,1944 Willys MB Jeep Chassis no. 280026 Engine no. 619551
Sold for US$ 26,400 inc. premium
Lot Details
Never been restored
1944 Willys MB Jeep
Chassis no. 280026
Engine no. 619551
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

-Discovered in its original crate about 30 years ago
-Never restored
-Nicely presented in classic olive drab
-Rich with character, ample in capability

The Jeep

Much has been written on the history of the famous Jeep, and a brief history can be found in the description of lot 305.

The Motorcar Offered

While production of the Jeep was shared between Willys and Ford, and parts were easily exchangeable, the two companies' productions were not entirely identical. Willys-Overland's final production version was the Model MB, Ford's being designated the Model GPW. There were subtle differences between the two versions, Ford's having its components marked with the letter 'F'.

With 361,339 Model MB Jeeps were built by Willys from the start of the war in 1942 until the end of the conflict in 1945, it should come as no surprise that survival rates are exceptionally low. Designed to be driven into the ground and then quietly buried where it died, the number of Jeeps that survived in good enough condition to be restored is low. Rarer still are the few Jeeps that witnessed neither battle nor stateside service that have survived largely untouched to this day—this Jeep is just such a rare bird.

Discovered by a military vehicle collector a bit over thirty years ago still crated, this mostly unused and never abused Jeep is all-Toledo, Ohio built. Save for a repaint done shortly after it was discovered, it is 100% original. Complete with the usual shovel and ax for when things really get down to business, this Jeep exudes more character than even the nicest restored examples ever could.

Rally the troops, pack your duffle, and get ready to storm the beaches! Just be sure to bring enough sunscreen.

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