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1944 WILLYS JEEP 4X4 LIGHT UTILITY For Sale by Auction

Bonhams are delighted to offer at our forthcoming Collectors' Motor Car Auction on Saturday 14th September 2019 at The Goodwood Revival Meeting, Chichester, England 107 rare Competition and Collectors motor cars – plus over 150 lots of automobilia. The full online catalogue can be viewed on the Bonhams website. 1944 WILLYS JEEP 4X4 LIGHT UTILITY REGISTRATION NO. KXS 656 CHASSIS NO. MB320184 * The most iconic military vehicle of all time * Fully restored in Italy * Little used since restoration * Ideal period transport for the Goodwood meetings £22,000 - 28,000 €24,000 - 31,000 Although forever associated with Willys-Overland, the original Jeep military vehicle was developed by American Bantam, formerly American Austin. Designed to meet the US Army's requirement for a rugged, go-anywhere, four-wheel-drive vehicle capable of surviving on the barest minimum of unskilled maintenance, Bantam's prototype was up and running by 1940, meeting the Army's requirements apart from the engine, which was deemed insufficiently powerful. The Pentagon though, doubted Bantam's ability to meet the military's post-Pearl Harbour demands so the major contracts went to Willys - the only other firm that had submitted a tender - and the Ford Motor Company, which would be responsible for the Jeep's trademark slotted radiator grille. Willys made various modifications to take advantage of a revised maximum weight requirement, which meant it was able to use its relatively heavy but adequately powerful 'Go Devil' engine. It was in this revised form that the Jeep would enter volume production. Willys-Overland's final production version was the Model MB, Ford's being designated the Model GPW. There were subtle differences between the two versions, Ford's having its components marked with the letter 'F'. After extensive field testing, the Jeep's off-road capability was first publicly demonstrated early in 1941 when one was driven up the steps of the United States Capitol by Willys's test driver, Irving 'Red' Haussman. Produced by the million, the ubiquitous Jeep saw service in every theatre of the Second World War and continued in military service with armies world-wide for several decades thereafter. Today the Jeep remains highly sought after by discerning military vehicle enthusiasts. This excellent, museum quality example was fully restored in Italy, where it may well have seen service during WW2, before being placed in dry storage for many years, seeing only occasional use. Offered with a V5C document, this restored Willys Jeep would be ideal period transport for next year's Goodwood meetings and other prestigious motoring events, particularly those devoted to military vehicles.


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Price
1941 Willys 1941 Willys Pro Street Custom Coupe. (Park Ridge, OH) Array £99900
1941 Willys 1941 Full BLOWN Willys classic cars American Array £97900
1933 Willys 1933 Willys Roadster all Custom 383 stoker 9 inch $39.7k Array £39750
1926 Willys 1926 Willys Knight A 66 Array £35250
1942 Willys 1942 WILLYS Array £32991
1923 Willys 1923 A splendid car which looks great and is lovely to drive Array £32500
1943 Willys 1943 WW2 Willys/Ford Jeep US NAVY Shore patrol Array £27999
1952 Willys 1952 Willys Jeepster (Watertown, CT) $27,500 obo Array £27500
1952 Willys 1952 Willys Jeepster (Watertown, CT) $27,500 obo Array £27500
1927 Willys 1927 Willys Overland Whippet Doctors Coupe Array £25999
1951 Willys 1951 Willy's Jeep Florida plates Array £25000
1963 Willys 1963 Willys Interlagos Coup Array £25000
1951 Willys 1951 Willys Wagon = clean solid Grey(~)Red driver $24.9k Array £24999
1948 Willys 1948 Willys Overland Jeepster Array £23300
1958 Willys 1958 Willys Jeep FC150 Array £23294
Willys jeep cj5 Array £20000
1960 Willys 1960 willys or hotchkiss jeep Array £20000
1931 Willys 1931 Willys Six Model 97A Sport Coupe Array £20000
1942 Willys 1942 Willys jeep MB/GPW Array £18600
1947 Willys 1947 Orig California 1947 Willys Jeep CJ2A Array £18000
1943 Willys 1943 Willys MB Jeep Array £18000
1943 Willys 1943 MB Willys Jeep Array £17250
1956 Willys 1956 Willys CJ5 Mediterranea Array £15400
1953 Willys 1953 JEEP WILLYS 1953-1960 JEEP CJ3 BJ10 WILLYS 2.2 ARMY MILITARY Array £15000
1955 Willys 1955 Willys Jeep M38A1 Array £12495