Ford M151-A2 Mutt Military Jeep
In 1951 the U.S. Army's Ordnance Truck Automotive Command began working with the Ford Motor Company to design and develop a replacement for earlier model Jeeps. Development proceeded through most of the Fifties and in 1960 the M151 went into service. While it bore a strong resemblance to its predecessors, the M151 MUTT (Military Utility Tactical Truck) was completely new under the skin, with a monocoque design that integrated the box frame rails into the sheet-steel body-structure. In 1970 the M151 and subsequent variant the M151A were succeeded by the M151A2, the most advanced and refined of the M151 line.
Several detail changes were made including new turn signal-blackout driving lights on rounded front fenders, but the most important development was its rear semi-trailing arm suspension, which replaced the demonstrably hazardous rear swing axles used in previous models. The new system gave a more comfortable ride and better overall handling on rough terrain, a major factor in adapting the model to much more specialized applications later on. Built in the first year of production, this 1970 M151A2 Jeep was delivered to the U.S. Army in December 1970 and assigned to one Sergeant Buyer of the Military Police.
Part of the Mecum Auctions event in Houston in April, 2013.
Source: Mecum Auctions