Willys Military Jeep
By 1941, Willys had won a bidding war against Bantam and Ford and secured a government contract to mass-produce the Jeep for military use. The Jeep’s tremendous importance to the war effort was proven later that year, when the United States was thrust into worldwide conflict by an attack on Pearl Harbor. Almost immediately, the Jeep became an integral part of the Allied war effort in every theater and endeared itself to thousands of soldiers who recognized its reliability and performance in combat. This example has benefited from an excellent and detailed restoration and has seen very little road use. It is refinished in proper Army Olive Drab Green from the exterior to the engine bay and undercarriage. Every element appears to be clean and professionally restored, particularly on the interior, where the green canvas upholstery, dash, and steering wheel are free of imperfections. The Jeep is fitted with a 12-volt electrical system, .50 caliber machine guns, and a rear PTO unit.
Part of the RM Auctions event for Charlie Thomas in October, 2012.
75 hp, 134 cu. in. inline four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, front and rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 81 in.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Darin Schnabel