2021 Shannons '40th Anniversary' Timed Online Auction
Lot
95

1943 Willys Jeep MB (LHD)

$10,000 - $15,000

Melbourne

No Reserve

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Specifications

Engine 134ci four-cylinder
Gearbox Three-speed manual
Engine No. MB477693 TRE
Chassis No. 249621
Body Work Utility
Colour Khaki
Interior Khaki
Trim Cloth
Wheels Steel
Brakes Drum/drum

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Description

One by-product of military conflict is the rapid pace of technical development, and the United States Army created an entirely new class of vehicle during World War II, one that remains hugely popular today - the off-roader. Needing a reconnaissance vehicle suitable for all types of terrain, be it the muddy fields of Europe or the desert sands of North Africa, the U.S. Army contracted the Willys-Overland Company to produce what became universally known as the Jeep. Designed by Karl Probst for the American Bantam Car Company in record time in 1940, the all-wheel drive Jeep met a whole range of testing criteria and was powered by the rugged Willys "Go Devil" four-cylinder engine. With Willys-Overland unable to meet demand, the War Department turned to Ford as an alternative supplier, although the Model GPW was still built largely to Willys' specifications with only minor changes - for example, every component was stamped with the letter "F". In total some 640,000 Jeeps were built during the War and what was once merely the best method of getting G.I.s from A to B has since been hailed as a landmark piece of industrial design, with an example kept on display in New York's Museum of Modern Art.

History

- 1943 Willys Jeep
- Military spec
- Part of large collection
- No Reserve


Part of a large collection since its purchased in 1998, this 1943 Willys Jeep has been used sparingly during that time but always garaged and regularly maintained. A very original example presented in full Khaki military spec, this left-hand drive Jeep is motoring at its most utilitarian. There are no frills here but it’s fit for purpose, and somehow commentary on room for cosmetic improvement on this example seem superfluous. Under the stubby bonnet, which still wears its rubber blocks for the fold-down windscreen, is the well-proven Willys 134ci four-cylinder engine mated to a three-speed manual transmission and all-wheel-drive drivetrain. It carries the ubiquitous jerry can on the back and a shovel mounted on the side, plus a ‘black out’ headlight for clandestine nighttime manoeuvres. Straight out of the WWII era, this ’43 Willys Jeep would make a handy runaround on a large property, an obvious addition to any military collection, or simply an interesting talking point at the next event. The vehicle comes with an original 1940’s ‘Maintenance Manual for Willys Truck’ as issued by Willys-Overland Motors for the US Government. The 1943 Willys Jeep is being sold here unregistered and with no reserve.

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