Truck ¼ ton 4 x 4 Ford GPW (Jeep) – Lot 0136

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  • No Reserve
  • Margin
  • Buyer’s premium 16.5 % of the hammer price
  • Location: Waalre, The Netherlands
  • Estimated Price: €26,000 – €32,000
  • Brochure:T&T Ford GPW Rev 2.0

Truck ¼ ton 4 x 4 Ford GPW (Jeep)

Former President and General Dwight Eisenhower once said that “The Jeep, the Dakota, and the Landing

Craft were the three tools that won the war”.

With the Jeep’s design having been standardized as that of the Willys MB, a second source of supply was sought. Ford was licensed to build copies of the Willys design, to which Ford assigned its model designation GPW. Again, G meant government contract vehicle, P indicated it was an 80-inch wheelbase reconnaissance car and, the W suffix referred to the Willys engine.
Ford built its own bodies at the Lincoln plant until the fall of 1943. Then Ford began buying bodies from American Central, which was already supplying bodies to Willys. After only a short time, representatives of Ford, Willys and the Ordnance Department met and created the composite body, which incorporated the best features of each maker’s body.
This body is what is now known as the composite body, and it was used by both Ford and Willys from January 1944 onward, although a few were used during the last months of 1943.

Throughout the production of the 277,896 GPWs, Ford marked many of the components with the Ford “F” logo.
Among these components were pintle hooks, fenders, bolts, etc. Due to materials shortages, non-F-marked parts were sometimes substituted on the assembly line.
Ford built the GPW at six plants: Louisville, Dallas, Edgewater, Richmond, Calif., Chester, Pa., and of course Ford’s huge Rouge complex.
As a rule, the most readily spotted difference between the MB and the GPW involves the front cross member. This is a tubular member on Willys vehicles, and an inverted U-channel on the Ford.

This Ford GPW Jeep was built in 1945 and is in good condition. If only these cars could talk!
The exact history of this veteran is unfortunately unknown, but it is obvious that this Ford made it to the end of the war unscathed.

This Ford Jeep is an older restoration but in good condition. The engine runs well, and the transmission shifts well.
The (very) basic interior is also in good condition, and all functions as it should. It is equipped with a canvas top that also functions exactly as intended. The body and paint are as they should be for a Ford; well-used but in good condition.

The Jeep is recently serviced and ready for many rides on any terrain. There are only a very few places on earth where a Jeep has never been before. It is not for nothing that the Jeep is still popular after almost 80 years!
In short, a patina nice jeep in fine condition.

The Ford GPW (commonly known as a Jeep or jeep, formally as the U.S. Army Truck, 1/4-ton, 4×4), and its Willys MB counterpart, are four-wheel drive utility vehicles that were manufactured during World War II.
Produced from 1941 to 1945, the jeep evolved post-war into the civilian Jeep CJ, and inspired an entire category of recreational four-wheel drive

vehicles. The name “jeep” is generally believed to be derived from the Ford’s vehicle initials – GP.

Wanting to add mobility to its forces, in 1937 the U.S. Army solicited proposals from domestic automobile manufacturers for a replacement for its existing, aging light motor vehicles. The Army formalized its requirements on July 11, 1940 and submitted them to 135 U.S. automotive manufacturers. Initially, only American Bantam Car Company and Willys-Overland Motors entered the competition; Ford Motor Company joined later. After extended development and testing, a production contract was awarded to Willys.
By October 1941, it became apparent Willys could not keep up with the production demand and Ford was contracted to produce them as well. The Ford car was then designated GPW, with the “W” referring to the “Willys” licensed design. During World War II, Willys produced 363,000 Jeeps and Ford some 280,000.
Both the Willys MB and Ford GPW models were very effective on the ground, with many standardized features such as 6.00×16 tires, 60 horsepower at 4,000 rpm, a gasoline can bracket on the left rear, provision for trailer lights, spark interference suppression, a blackout light system, twin top bows and sealed spring shackles.

Jeeps were used by every service of the U.S. military and many other allied forces. Jeeps were also used for many purposes, including reconnaissance, gun towing, cable laying, saw milling, firefighting pumpers, field ambulances, tractors and with suitable wheels would even run on railway tracks.

Many folks in the know attribute the beginnings of recreational off-roading all over the world to a time when the humble jeep—the first, small, affordable, and nimble 4×4—became available to the general public shortly after WWII.
As the story goes, American GIs, familiar with the jeep from its wartime exploits, lapped up the inexpensive surplus models when they returned home.
While some jeeps and the first civilian Willys Jeeps (starting in 1945) were tagged for work duty, many were also used for play. In short, these off-road pioneers went ‘Jeepin’.

And thanks in part to the large number of jeeps that were scattered across the globe at the war’s end, the newfound fascination with four-wheeling eventually spread far and wide.


Truck ¼ ton 4 x 4


Ford Motor Company (USA)


2,453 lb. (1,113 kg) curb weight (with engine fluids and full fuel)

2,337 lb. (1,060 kg) dry weight


3 to 4


Willys L134 “Go Devil” 134 cu in (2.2 l), 4 cylinder inline, side valves, water cooled

60 hp (45 kW; 61 PS) gross / 54 hp (40 kW; 55 PS) net

Engine is a genuine GPW


3-speed manual x 2 range transfer case, 1 reverse


Live axles on leaf springs front and rear


Max. speed:                                             65 mph                              (105 km/h)


Length:                           132 ¼ in              (3.36 m)
Width:                                  62 in              (1.57 m)

Height:  overall, top up: 69 ¾ in               (1.77 m)

              reducible to          52 in               (1.32 m)

Electrical installation:

6 Volt


Since this vehicle will be delivered without armament basically no specific permits are required.

However, in / export regulations will be applicable.

Date of Delivery:

March 1945

Chassis Nr.:

GPW 277273


Not available. However, will be delivered with an invoice and documentation .

If required Dutch road licence can be delivered against additional price.

Location: & Collection

Current location of this object is Waalre, The Netherlands.
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Pricing guidelines Jeep Willys MB and Ford GPW (March 2022)

There are almost infinite variations of vehicles, even of the same model. The pricing shown in this update represents current market trends for typical examples of the vehicle.

Like any collectible vehicle, the price of any historic military vehicle (HMV) is based on a combination of three factors: Condition, Rarity, and Popularity.

A vehicle can be rare but if it isn’t interesting, it won’t be as valuable as an equally uncommon, popular vehicle.

Rarity is determined by two factors: Production quantity and survivability.

The rarity of vehicles in this guide are rated on a scale of 1 through 5 (“1” being the most common and “5” the scarcest).

“Rare,” however, doesn’t always mean “valuable.” It has to be desirable, as well.

The single factor that drives price is — and will always be — condition. Another factor affecting price will be the quality of the restoration.

The term “restoration” is often ill-defined or improperly used in the historic military vehicle hobby. What some call a restoration is actually a “representation,” and sadly, sometimes is only a characterization. For a true military vehicle restoration, one must know the history of that particular vehicle. Once known, it is then important to define to what time frame the vehicle is to be restored. This could be as it appeared as it left the factory, or at any subsequent time (June 6, 1944; March 3, 1952, etc.).

The difference between “restoration” and a “representation” is often misunderstood. An example of this could be rebuilding, painting, and marking a Jeep to look like one driven on the beach at Normandy, even though the Jeep you own never left North America. While not a true restoration, this style of “representation” is the most popular with collectors

The standard above is set years ago by Old Cars Weekly uses a 1 to 6 condition grading scale:

  1. Excellent: Restored to maximum professional standards, or a near-perfect original.
  2. Fine: Well-restored, or a combination of superior restoration and excellent original parts.
  3. Very Good: Complete and operable original or older restoration, or a very good amateur restoration with all presentable and serviceable parts inside and out.
  4. Good: Functional or needing only minor work to be functional. Also, a deteriorated restoration or poor amateur restoration.
  5. Restorable: Needs complete restoration of body, chassis, and interior. May or may not be running, but is not wrecked, weathered or stripped to the point of being useful only for parts.
  6. Parts Vehicle: Deteriorated beyond the point of restoration.


Based on the above we come to following conclusion:

Estimated value:     between Euro 26.000 and 32.000,- (May 2022)