Wed, 14th Oct 2020 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 33

1943 Ford GPW Jeep
Offered with Hotchkiss Trailer

Sold for £25,312

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: Un-Reg
Chassis No: 118325
MOT: Exempt

  • Still fitted with its original body tub and many period features
  • Extremely rare and unique example having been rebuilt by Alisson Engineering, Arizona, USA in 1945 using pre-production CJ-2A engine, gearbox and front suspension and still showing rebuild dating plate
  • Offered with 1960’s Hotchkiss trailer and supplied with NOVA document
  • Said to have 'Good' engine, gearbox, interior and paintwork

The following description is provided by John Farley (well renowned author of ‘The Standardised War-Time Jeeps’):

This interesting Jeep carries a rebuild plate from the Allison-Steel-Manufacturing Company of Phoenix, Arizona which is dated July 1945. Due to this late rebuild in war years, Allison Manufacturing have fitted the Jeep with a Prototype (or Fibre-Drive) Engine, restamped with the GPW engine number transferred from the removed unit. In addition, they have fitted the prototype T.90 gearbox ensuring a smooth powerful positive drive from this otherwise very original Jeep.

Whilst updating the powertrain Allison Manufacturing uprated the front suspension to eradicate the famous ‘Jeep Droop’ on the driver’s side, giving a positive level ride. The original untouched data plates add to verify the modifications that Ford/Willys was experimenting with at the end of the war.

It is very hard to find an untouched rebuild – allowing us to study the modifications and changes made in period, and giving us an extremely interesting snapshot of the changes in Jeep technology towards the end of the war period for the future of these iconic vehicles.

Still with its very original 1943 GPW tub, combat wheels, original seats, Sheller steering wheel, screen, hood, and wings, this Ford has two freewheeling hubs fitted to the front axle to ease fuel consumption. Offered with its original rear tyre carrier, 1943 Jerry Can, original hood bows, genuine rear seat, grill bumpers and handles, Shovel and axe, original seat covers, combat rim and bar grip tyres, the Jeep has also just been totally rewired, including new rear lights and connectors. Supplied with a French 1960’s Hotchkiss version of War time trailer, this is a exceptionally unique and interesting example.

Vendor Condition Ratings:

Bodywork: 'Good'
Engine: 'Good'
Electrical Equipment: 'Good'
Paintwork: 'Good'
Gearbox / Transmission: 'Very Good'
Interior Trim: 'Good'


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