US Jeep Willys MB 1945- lot 213

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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”.

The Jeep legend began in November 1940, in the early days of WWII, just a year before the United States entered the war. A small, four-wheel drive prototype, the Willys “Quad”, was delivered to the U.S. Army. It was equipped with the Willys “Go-Devil” engine developed by Delmar “Barney” Roos. With 60 horsepower and 105 foot-pounds of torque, it not only exceeded the Army’s requirement, but dwarfed the Bantam with 83 and Ford with 85 foot-pounds of torque, its only competitors for the military contract. The Quad was the father of the MB, CJ series, and Wrangler. Willys refined the Quad and built 1,500 units of the Willys MA model, many of which were used in WWII.

From 1941 to 1945 Willys produced the MB model, the original go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle, which came to be known by its nickname, “Jeep”. Made famous during WWII, Willys produced over 300,000 MB vehicles. Jeeps were heavily used by every division of the American military, with 144 Jeeps provided to every infantry regiment in the U.S. Army. Large numbers of Jeeps were shipped to the Allied Forces of Britain and Russia: nearly 30% of total Jeep production.

This Willys MB was built in 1945 and is still in good use and drivable condition. If only this car could talk!
The exact history of this veteran is unknown, but after the war it was purchased by a farmer in California. The jeep was used by the family for farming until 2003. In July 2002 it got its last renewed license plate.
This jeep is an absolute time capsule. It was never restored but always used, never abused, and maintained well till its retirement.
Its patina and untouched look make it highly desirable. Original paint and markings are still there sometimes under an extra layer of paint.
After its arrival in the Netherlands a few years ago it was recently made running again, and was well maintained. All major systems work again including brakes, cooling system and the engine driveline. Even the engine is running well. Starting motor is recently repaired.
Its basic interior is also in good condition, and functions as it should be.
Canvas is replaced and the original speedo indicates only 2062 miles.
There are only a very few places on our globe where a Jeep has never been before. Therefore, it is not for nothing that the Jeep is still popular after almost 80 years!

In short, what you buy is a time capsule in fully running order. Last year (2022) this jeep was one of the main attractions of the ‘Jeep Sensation’ exhibition at the War Museum Overloon in the Netherlands. This exhibition was dedicated to the fact that for many people, jeeps symbolize the liberation of Europe. This makes the Jeep a very accessible and, above all, a well-known vehicle.
However, its history is not related to actual war this jeep got a completely different, but just as valuable, purpose in its life being to support and help a generation of farmers in Northern California. For this family, this jeep has undoubtedly been the basis of the post-war development of their company.

© Tracks & Trade BV, the Netherlands, February 2023

The Willys MB (commonly known as a Jeep or jeep, formally as the U.S. Army Truck, 1/4-ton, 4×4), and its Ford GPW counterpart, are four-wheel drive utility vehicles that were manufactured during WWII. 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 WWII, 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 experts attribute the beginning of recreational off-roading in the world to when the humble jeep – the first small, affordable and maneuverable 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’.

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.


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Truck ¼ ton 4 x 4


Willys Overland Motors, Toledo Ohio 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 installed is still the factory installed original engine


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


Basically, no specific permits are required.

However, in / export regulations might be applicable.

Date of Delivery:

April 3 1945 (original data plate still installed)

Chassis Nr.:


Engine number:

MB 554648

Hood number:

USA 20702598-S (Not verified): See 4UWPMBUSA (


Will be delivered with Dutch papers from the Netherlands
vehicle Authority for proper Road Registration


In good running condition

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 20.000 and 25.000,- (December 2022)