Lot 224 - 1963 Hotchkiss M201 Military 4x4

Lot 224 - 1963 Hotchkiss M201 Military 4x4

Lot 224 - 1963 Hotchkiss M201 Military 4x4

Lot Number 224
Registration 871 HWN
Chassis Number 25107
Engine Number 22310
Estimate £18,000 - £24,000

At the end of WW2 the United States Army presented the French authorities with 22,000 Willys and Ford Jeeps to re-equip their armed forces. Maintenance of the Jeeps was made the responsibility of the ERGM (Établissement de Réserve Générale du Matériel Automobile) at a facility in the Paris suburb of Maltournée. Many of the Jeeps were in poor condition and only fit to be used as spare parts to keep the remainder in service, while the growing stock of components from broken up vehicles was such that ERGM were soon able to begin manufacturing 'new' Jeeps. Increasing numbers of new components had to be made as production progressed, with each Jeep incorporating a unique combination of parts from Ford, Willys and Hotchkiss, the latter a company with considerable experience of building military vehicles in pre-war days.

In 1952 Hotchkiss obtained a licence from Willys to manufacture parts and Jeeps as Willys Overland France, the result, known as the MB, being built at Hotchkiss' Saint-Denis factory. A merger with the Brandt company made the latter's factory at Stains, Paris available to Hotchkiss, and it was from this plant that the built-under-license M201 Véhicule Léger Tout Terrain (lightweight all-terrain vehicle) began to emerge in 1956. By the time production ceased in 1966 a total of 27,628 had been completed. Remarkably for such an elderly design, the M201 would remain in use for another 30-plus years, finally disappearing from active service with the French Army in 2000.

This wonderful 'Hotchkiss M201' comes to the open market having been in current ownership since 2009. Used occasionally in the current vendors tenure the Jeep has been the subject of various works insuring it runs and drives as it should. Interestingly this example was used in the multiple award-winning film ‘Saving Private Ryan’ staring, Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks. In good condition throughout, this example boasts a wonderful patina and comes with many period correct features. Offered with various sundry invoices, many old MoT test certificate records, and the UK registration document. Ready to be enjoyed immediately we are sure this fantastic looking Jeep will be huge amounts of fun for the new owner.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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