Lot 81 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)
Registration No: LXS 617
Chassis No: GPW69036
This GPW Jeep has just been completed after an eighteen-month restoration to "just delivered" factory specification and has been treated to a back to bare metal restoration which included a comprehensive overhaul of the 2200cc engine, 3-speed gearbox and transfer box. We are advised that the engine block does not appear to be the original one but does have a WW2 Ford head that was correct at the time of manufacture. New brakes, fuel lines etc. have also been fitted. The attention to detail includes a WW2 jerrycan, oil can and fire extinguisher. Fresh from completion of the works, LXS 617 would make an ideal mount for the up-coming 75th anniversary events marking the end of World War Two.
America's Jeep is synonymous with WW2, even though production didn't begin in earnest until 1942. The Ford version was dubbed GPW (Government Passenger Willys). By the war’s end in 1945, close to 750,000 Jeeps had been produced - 280,000 of which were manufactured by Ford.