Lot 151 - 1944 Willys MB Jeep

Lot 151 - 1944 Willys MB Jeep

Lot 151 - 1944 Willys MB Jeep

Lot Number 151
Registration UXS 823
Chassis Number 402039
Engine Number EMMA20108
Odometer reading 5,700 km
Result Sold - £15,000
  • Seat extension to accommodate larger drivers
  • Recent service and carburettor rebuild

The Willys MB U.S. Army Jeep and the Ford GPW Jeep were manufactured from 1941 to 1945 and 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 could not 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 to 1945, Willys produced over 360,000 Jeeps and parts used on Willys' MB Jeeps and Ford GPW Jeeps are completely interchangeable mechanically.

This WWII-period 1944 Willys Jeep is finished in US Army colours and holds a wonderful authentic patina. It was imported from France many moons ago and kept in dry storage before being recommissioned and registered (new style V5C present) in the UK in 2017. The odometer reads just 5,700kms which is believed to be correct. Fitted with Combat rims, folding canvas roof, windscreen cover, rear bustle rack and an array of WWII-style accessories. Recent works include a new alternator conversion, carburettor rebuild and temperature gauge service alongside an oil change. Also, the driver’s seat has been extended to accommodate the larger driver, something that often stops those 6ft plus from enjoying these excellent Jeeps. Naturally, it qualifies as a Historic Vehicle so is MoT exempt and there’s zero Road Tax to pay. It is declared to be in excellent running order by its enthusiast owner. This WWII Willys looks every bit the part for both those looking for authenticity or simply a fun summer run-around.

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