The Jeep Willys was an icon in World War II a specimen in pretty good nick will be going on auction on 14 May.
The initial design was created by Karl Probst, under contract to the American Bantam Company, but since the company couldn’t mass-produce the Willys in the numbers demanded by the US government, contracts were awarded to the Ford Motor Company and, mostly, to Willys-Overland of Toledo, Ohio.
Produced on May 20, 1942, under British contract for the war, this Willys Jeep MB still keeps its factory-quality paint and cloth interior, which is well worn, but it’s said to be in usable condition. It comes with a 45kW, M38A1 four-cylinder engine, 3-speed manual transmission with 2-speed rear transfer case, four-wheel drive and accessories that include light switch on the dashboard and instrument panel, full folding top with side curtains, rear-mounted spare wheel, jerry can and spotlight.
This military vehicle will go under the hammer at RMSothebys Monaco auction, on 14 May and hopefully the buyer will do proper restoration to return to its former glory.