<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474

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Lot 91
Offered from the Philip Reed Collection
1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'

Sold for US$ 24,640 inc. premium
Offered from the Philip Reed Collection
1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'
Chassis no. GPW80474

134ci L-head Willys "Go-Devil" Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Carter WO-596S downdraft carburetor
60bhp at 4,000rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Telescopic Hydraulic Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Most iconic military vehicle of all time
*Recipient of high-quality restoration
*Go anywhere Do anything
*A flag waving symbol of America


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

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 Harbor 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.

This Ford built GPW model has been restored back to state it would've appeared in during its original service. The restoration was carried out approximately 10 years ago by Philip Reed himself. As such, the general-purpose nature of the vehicle is on full display with hull mounted tools. Showing in wonderful condition, this Jeep is ready to go anywhere and do anything. Essential to the allied war effort, the Jeep is an unmistakable icon that deserves a spot in any comprehensive collection.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note this vehicle is titled under its engine no MB505585.
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<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474
<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474
<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474
<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474
<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474
<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474
<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474
<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474
<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474
<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474
<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474
<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474
<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474
<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474
<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474
<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474
<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474
<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474
<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474
<b>1942 Willys GPW 'Jeep'</b><br />Chassis no. GPW80474
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