1942 Willys MB – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

Original and unrestored piece of history

1942 Willys MB – Today’s Tempter
1942 Willys MB – Today’s Tempter

The iconic Jeep was born from the horrors of World War II.

 Shortly before the US entered The War, the US Army took delivery of a small four-wheel drive prototype called the Willys "Quad".

There were a number of contenders vying for the military’s manufacturing contract, with Bantam and Ford throwing their hat in the ring alongside Jeep. Ultimately, Willy’s design for the little go-anywhere vehicle won out, though Ford did help bolster manufacturing numbers from 1841 – utilising Willy’s licenced design and engine.

Willys built approximately 363,000 MB Jeeps, and Ford produced around 280,000 GPW-tagged Jeeps.

Powering the Willys MB was the 134ci "Go-Devil" inline-four which exerted 45kW to all four wheels via a three-speed manual and two-range transfer case.

This 1942-build Willys MB presents in original and unrestored condition.

Left-hand drive with canvas side curtains, door and soft-top roof. The MB includes both free-wheeling and original front hubs, and a new six volt battery.

The car also comes with an enclosed aluminium trailer with mechanical brakes, winch and LED lights – which is a neat bonus.

Overall, it’s a largely untouched piece of history, with global historical provenance and a niche collector’s fanbase.

The car is based in Victoria, and is listed for $26,000.

You can check out the full listing here!


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