1944 Willys Jeep  Chassis no. MB341332 Engine no. WOF 19065

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Lot 201
1944 Willys Jeep
Registration no. 686 UXT Chassis no. MB341332 Engine no. WOF 19065

Sold for £ 18,400 (US$ 24,566) inc. premium
1944 Willys Jeep
Registration no. 686 UXT
Chassis no. MB341332
Engine no. WOF 19065

Footnotes

  • 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 was up and running by 1940, meeting the Army's requirements apart from the engine, which was deemed insufficiently powerful. The Pentagon though, doubted Bantam's ability to meet the military's post-Pearl Harbour demands so the major contracts went to Willys - the only other firm that had submitted a tender - and the Ford Motor Company, which would be responsible for the Jeep's trademark slotted radiator grille. Willys made various modifications to take advantage of a revised maximum weight requirement, which meant it was able to use its relatively heavy but adequately powerful 'Go Devil' engine. It was in this revised form that the Jeep would enter volume production. 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'.

    After extensive field testing, the Jeep's off-road capability was first publicly demonstrated early in 1941 when one was driven up the steps of the United States Capitol by Willys's test driver, Irving 'Red' Haussman. Produced by the million, the ubiquitous Jeep saw service in every theatre of the Second World War and continued in military service with armies world-wide for several decades thereafter. Today the Jeep remains highly sought after by discerning military vehicle enthusiasts.

    Fully restored in circa 2006, this Willys Jeep was purchased by the current vendor in 2006 and since then has been brought out on only a few occasions. Oil changes and basic servicing have been carried out by the vendor and the vehicle is described by him as in generally very good condition. There is a Military Vehicle Trust dating letter on file together with a couple of invoices, one of which is for the installation of a wiring loom to incorporate indicators and side lamps in the original housings, and to fit 6V halogen headlight bulbs, new reflectors and a new voltage regulator. Offered with MoT/tax to June 2014 and Swansea V5C, this would be ideal period transport for next year's Goodwood Revival meeting.
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1944 Willys Jeep  Chassis no. MB341332 Engine no. WOF 19065
1944 Willys Jeep  Chassis no. MB341332 Engine no. WOF 19065
1944 Willys Jeep  Chassis no. MB341332 Engine no. WOF 19065
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