Genuine, Iconic and an absolute original WW-II survivor!
|Model:||1⁄4 ton4×4 utility truck|
|Manufacturer:||Willys overland Toledo, USA|
|Engine:||134 cu in (2.2 l) Inline 4 Willys L134 “Go Devil” 60hp.|
|Transmission:||3 speeds forward, 1 reverse, high/low gear|
|Dimensions||Length: 132 1⁄4 in (3.36 m), |
Width: 62 in (1.57 m), Height:
overall, top up: 69 3⁄4 in (1.77 m) reducible to 52 in (1.32 m)
|Maximum speed:||65 mph (105 km/h)|
|Date of Delivery:||June 17th 1942|
The Willys MB and the Ford GPW, both formally called the U.S. Army “Truck, 1⁄4 ton, 4×4, Command Reconnaissance”, commonly known as Jeep or jeep, and sometimes referred to as G503 are off-road capable, light, military utility vehicles that were manufactured during World War II (from 1941 to 1945) for the Allied forces.
The jeep became the primary light wheeled transport vehicle of the United States Military and its Allies in World War II, as well as the postwar period, with President Eisenhower once calling it, “one of three decisive weapons the U.S. had during WWII. It was also the world’s first mass-produced four-wheel drive car, manufactured in six-figure numbers. About 640,000 units were built, constituting a quarter of the total U.S. non-combat motor vehicles produced during the war, and almost two-thirds of the 988,000 light vehicle class produced, together with the Dodge WC series, outnumbering those by almost two to one. Large numbers of jeeps were provided to the U.S.’ allies, including Russia at the time – aside from large amounts of 1½- and 2½-ton trucks, some 80,000 jeeps were provided to Russia during WW II — more than Nazi Germany’s total war production of their jeep counterparts, the Volkswagens Kübelwagen and Schwimmwagen, combined.
According to author Charles K. Hyde, “In many respects, the jeep became the iconic vehicle of World War II, with an almost mythological reputation of toughness, durability, and versatility. Not only did it become the workhorse of the American military, as it replaced the use of horses and other draft animals (still heavily used in World War I) in every role, from cavalry units to supply trains, but improvised field modifications also made the jeep capable of just about any other function GIs could think of.
The jeep was considered such a valuable piece of equipment that General Eisenhower wrote that most senior officers regarded it as “one of the six most vital” U.S. vehicles to win the war. Moreover, General George Marshall called the squared-off little car “America’s greatest contribution to modern warfare. In 1991, the MB Jeep was designated an “International Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark” by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
This is a very unique vehicle with interesting history.
After its landing in Normandy in June 1944 it has been in service on the Western Front until the end of the war. After its demobilisation from the US Army it went to a surplus yard in Enschede The Netherlands. From there it was bought by a local municipality in the province of Overijssel!
For the Municipality it served in different
departments as a general support vehicle for many decades. Also, it was used by
the local Fire Brigade. When the engine failed it finally ended up in a barn where
it was stored for many years awaiting better times.
In the seventies it was luckily discovered by a Dutch collector Mr. Nus who restored it to its former glory with a lots of love and attention. After this it went to another owner who spent a lot of time in getting also the details in good order.
The uniqueness of this vehicle is that it almost
complete original. Only the engine was replaced buy a later genuine WW-II
model. Original WW-II Willys script body!
This unique vehicle will be delivered with:
- 5 genuine Good Year tires
- very complete tool set (see photos)
- foot pump
- original fire extinguisher
- first aid kit
- canvas summer top,
- Upholstery. Note: co-driver seat with zipper (as it should be)
Interested? If you are interested in this unique genuine WW-II early model Jeep please let us know!