Willys MB Jeep

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Location: Overloon The Netherlands
Year of production: 3 April 1945
Country of origin: United States of America
Manufacturer: Willys Overland Motors
Type: Truck ¼ ton 4 x 4
General condition: Very good runner, untouched barn find, more info soon!
Estimated Price: Between € 20.000 and € 25.000
Movie: Jeep Willys MB 1945; Jeep Willy MB short movie

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Highest bidder was: s*******s

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
s*******s May 11, 2024 1:43 pm **********
j***********t May 11, 2024 11:13 am **********
Auction started April 22, 2024 11:24 am


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.
Being built during the final days of the war, this jeep was fortunate to avoid any war damage. Instead it has spent its life on the premises of a Northern Californian farm supporting a generation of farmers in the post-war development of their company.
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.

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.


In June 1940, with World War II on the horizon, the U.S. Army solicited bids from 135 automakers for a 1/4 ton “light reconnaissance vehicle” tailored to Army specifications. Only three companies responded — Bantam, Willys, and Ford — but, within a year’s time they collectively produced the template for the vehicle known worldwide as the “jeep”.
Willys-Overland delivered the prototype “Quad” (named for the 4×4 system it featured), to the U.S. Army on Armistice Day (Veteran’s Day), November of 1940. The design was completed in a remarkable 75 days.
It’s the stuff of legend; the U.S. Army requested a vehicle—and drove off in a hero. The Willys MB, its spirit forged by the fire of combat and honed in the heat of battle, seared its way into the hearts of warriors fighting for freedom. Fierce emotional bonds often developed between a soldier and his “jeep” 4×4. The faithful MB earned a place in every soldiers’ heart, in every area of combat, in every conceivable role.
The tough, simple, Willys MB 4×4 became the GI’s best friend—second only to his rifle. One MB was even awarded a Purple Heart and sent home. General George C. Marshall, US Army Chief of Staff during World War II, and later U.S. Secretary of State, described the jeep as “America’s greatest contribution to modern warfare”. Scripps Howard WWII Reporter Ernie Pyle once said, “It did everything. It went everywhere. Was as faithful as a dog, as strong as a mule, and as agile as a goat. It constantly carried twice what it was designed for and still kept going.”
The MB started a revolution in the use of small military motor vehicles in the U.S. Army. Horses were rendered obsolete almost immediately. The all-purpose MB was amazingly versatile. They could be fitted with .30 or .50 caliber machine guns for combat. They were also widely modified for long-range desert patrol, snow plowing, telephone cable laying, saw milling, as fire-fighting pumpers, field ambulances, tractors and, with suitable wheels, would even run on railway tracks.
Post-war service
The mighty Willys MB emerged out of the cauldron of war ready for peace time service. The legendary workhorse of World War II was soon putting farm workhorses out to pasture.
According to Willys-Overland, there were 5.5 million farmers in the U.S., and of these, more than 4 million had neither a truck nor a tractor. The rugged and versatile Willys MB was marketed as “The All-Around Farm Work-Horse”. It could do the job of two heavy draft horses, operating at a speed of four miles per hour, 10 hours a day, without overheating the engine. The Willys was to serve agriculture and industry all over the world in a thousand different ways.


Manufacturer Willys Overland Motors
Model Truck ¼ ton 4 x 4
Manufacturing date 19 April 1945 (original data plate still installed)
Serial number 431882
Length 11 ft (3.36 m)
Width 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Height (top up) 6 ft (1.77 m)
Height (top down) 4 ft 4 in (1.32 m)
Weight 2.543 lb (1.113 kg)
Max. speed (land) 65 mph (105 k/h)
Max. speed (water) n/a
Operational range 300 mi (480 km)
Main armament n/a
Secondary armamant n/a
Engine Willys L134 134 cu in (2.2 l), 4 cylinder, 60 hp
Crew 4 (1 driver, 3 passengers)
Armor n/a
Production numbers 363.000 Willys MB’s were made during WWII

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