Lot 108 - 1942 Ford Jeep (GPW)

Lot 108 - 1942 Ford Jeep (GPW)

Lot 108 - 1942 Ford Jeep (GPW)

Lot Number 108
Registration 518 YUP
Chassis Number 22376
Engine Number 4410
Odometer reading 1,849 miles
Result Sold - £21,000
  • Fully restored
  • Verified as original by NLBA

The Willys MB U.S. Army Jeep and the Ford GPW Jeep were manufactured from 1941 to 1945. These small four-wheel drive utility vehicles are considered the iconic World War II Jeep and inspired many similar light utility vehicles. With America enduring difficult economic times, the U.S. Army instigated a program to modernise its fleet with a 'general purpose, personnel or cargo carrier' especially adaptable for reconnaissance or command and designated as a ¼-tonne, 4x4 truck. Ford Motor Company, American Bantam Car Company and Willys-Overland Motors all competed for the government contract and American Bantam were the initial winners of the bid. However, the U.S. government were keen on standardisation and Willys' production capacity eventually won them the contract. Towards the end of 1941, Willys' facilities couldn't keep up with demand so Ford were contracted to produce the Jeep under licence in addition through to the end of World War II. From 1942-45, Willys produced over 360,000 Jeeps and parts used on Willys' MB Jeeps and Ford GPW Jeeps are completely interchangeable mechanically.

 This is a truly fantastic opportunity to own an outstanding piece of World War II history. This vehicle was purchased by the previous owner in 2009, he was an ex-British Touring Car Championship driver as well as being a very skilled engineer in his own right and bought the car as a restoration project. He set about lovingly restoring the jeep to the fabulous condition you see today, costing a fortune as this was to be for him to personally enjoy. There are invoices showing a total of circa £11,000 was spent on spares alone, yet the considerable amount of man hours lavished on this Jeep were not accounted for! If this had been calculated, we estimate that this would run into tens of thousands, maybe up to £50,000 (estimate only). Presented in the traditional and immediately recognisable Military Green, every aspect of this Jeep is superb. As part of the restoration, the engine was rebuilt, refurbishing many parts and replacing others including pistons and rods. The gearbox was also rebuilt with new bearing and ancillaries, a new clutch and transfer box. Both the front and rear axle were also restored, in addition to new brakes and master cylinder fitted and all new wiring looms and brake pipes reconfigure. There is a substantial history file containing build information, a photographed timeline of the restoration of which there are 44 photos. This Jeep was inspected by the respected and renown organisation NLBA, which is the Invicta Military Preservation Society based at Royal Air Force Base, Hendon who confirmed that this is a genuine Ford GPW Jeep with the chassis number 22376 and indeed manufactured in April 1942 (confirmation in the history file). This is a true piece of history in exemplary condition.

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. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. 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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