1942 WILLYS MB JEEP
Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Other
Lot No. : 196
Year : 1942
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : manual
LHD
Registration No. : 626 XUW
Chassis No. : 140814
Engine No. : MP44227002
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
 

 

The Willys MB U.S. Army Jeep and the Ford GPW Jeep were
manufactured from 1941 to 1945 and are considered the iconic World
War II Jeep and inspired many similar light-utility vehicles. With
America enduring difficult economic times, the U.S. Army instigated
a program to modernise its fleet with a 'general purpose, personnel
or cargo carrier' especially adaptable for reconnaissance or
command and designated as a ¼-tonne, 4x4 truck. Ford Motor Company,
American Bantam Car Company and Willys-Overland Motors all competed
for the government contract and American Bantam were the initial
winners of the bid. However, the U.S. government were keen on
standardisation and Willys' production capacity eventually won them
the contract. Towards the end of 1941, Willys' facilities could not
keep up with demand, so Ford were contracted to produce the Jeep
under licence in addition through to the end of World War II. From
1942 to 1945, Willys produced over 360,000 Jeeps and parts used on
Willys' MB Jeeps and Ford GPW Jeeps are completely interchangeable
mechanically.

This Willys MB is a genuine wartime vehicle, manufactured in 1942.
In 2008, it underwent a total nut-and-bolt rebuild; restoration
work included a new engine and radiator, rebuilt transmission with
all new parts, rebuilt axles, all new braking system including the
fitment of a servo and silicone brake fluid, new tyres, new body
painted in two-pack paint, new canvas seats, a summer top and new
12-volt electric system. As a concession to modern road conditions,
halogen headlamps were fitted and indicators discreetly fitted into
the blackout lights to preserve the original looks. Once the
restoration was completed, the Jeep went to Normandy in France in
2009 and covered 586 trouble-free miles. Recently, 626 XUW has been
owned and cared for as part of a small collection; the vendor
states that it is a real pleasure to drive and very
confidence-inspiring on modern day roads with its uprated braking
system.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170