1943 Willy Jeep – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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1943 Willys Jeep 1943 Willys Jeep

Historically significant, and extremely collectible

The Jeep legend originated in the early days of World War II when, shortly before the US entered The War; a small four-wheel drive prototype, the Willys "Quad" was delivered to the US Army.

Its competitors for the prospective military contract – Bantam and Ford – were inferior and the Willys vehicle far exceeded the Army’s requirements.

Originally known as the Willys MB, the vehicle eventually became known as its nickname, "Jeep".

Over 300,000 MBs were produced between 1941 and 1945, and were heavily utilised within every division of the US Military during The War.

Powering the Willys Jeep was the 134ci "Go-Devil" inline-four capable of 45kW, with power send to all-four wheels via a three-speed manual and two-range transfer case.

This example on offer by the Gosford Classic Car museum, is a 1943 build, and is purportedly in excellent condition for its age.

It remains very original, with the original wheels, spare and mountable equipment still on the car.

The paintwork bears a few blemishes, but is overall in good condition – staying true to its time on duty.

The mechanicals too are in excellent working condition.

Willys Jeeps bear a passionate, if slightly niche, following. They’re getting exceedingly rarer, and hold an extremely historically important place in world conflict history.

For the collectors who place value historical provenance, you won’t find much more than this.

The car is listed for $24,000.

You can check out the full listing here!

 

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