16th Mar, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

  Lot 38

1942 Ford GPW JEEP

Sold for £23,625

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: XVV 106
Chassis No: 57148
MOT: Exempt

  • Genuine WW2 Jeep
  • Self evident restoration including recent engine overhaul.
  • Very good condition throughout and reported to be 'running well'
  • Excellent opportunity to acquire a well presented and nicely restored WW2 Jeep

Think of World War Two and the Jeep will be there somewhere - the two are synonymous, even though production didn’t begin in earnest until 1942. The vehicle’s evolution is complex, but resulted from the US army’s approach to 135 American automotive manufacturers to submit designs for ‘a general purpose personnel or cargo carrier especially adaptable for reconnaissance or command and designated as a ¼-ton 4x4 truck’. Willys won the resulting three-way tussle with Ford and Bantam, but by the Autumn of 1941 it was clear they could not satisfy demand, so Ford was tasked with manufacturing the vehicle in parallel. The Ford version was dubbed GPW (Government Passenger Willys) which, in contracted form, may have spawned the generic term Jeep (GP said slowly, sounds a bit like Jeep!). Weighing in at little more than a ton and equipped with a torquey L-headed 2.2-litre engine driving all four wheels via a three-speed manual box and two-speed transfer case, the tough, go anywhere Jeep did its job well, sparking a number of imitations – not least the original Land Rover, post-war. By the end of the war, close to 750,000 Jeeps had been produced. Many examples survive around the world and are regularly employed in film work, war games etc.

'XVV106' has, self-evidently, been the subject of an extensive past restoration, as many would have done. This smart Ford GPW Jeep has been UK road registered since October 2017. Finished in US Army livery, the 4x4 is described by the vendor as being in ‘very good’ condition with regards to its engine, transmission, electrical equipment, interior trim, bodywork and paintwork. Said to be ‘running well’ and seemingly ready for the show circuit, this appealing WW2 Jeep is offered for sale with V5C registration document and sundry paperwork.

For more information, please contact:
Stewart Parker
01925 210035


Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 16th Mar, 2022

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