VERY RARE '44 MILITARY JEEP, CORRECTLY RESTORED, PLUGGED .30 CAL, DRIVES GREAT!!
This 1944 Willys Jeep is how America won World War II. Go anywhere, do anything, the versatile and tough little Jeep was so good at its job that its descendants are still on sale today. Thanks to a conscientious restoration, sliding behind the wheel of this tough little soldier is like taking a trip through time to one of the most trying periods in our history.
Repainted in the past few months, this sturdy Willys Jeep definitely has the military look. It was restored without any deviations from the original specs, so don't bother trying to make the olive drab paint shiny. Not many of these survived for obvious reasons, but this one manages to look both crisp and fresh as well as battle-tested. The bodywork is straight (probably better than new, given how rapidly these were churned out) and the white stenciled numbers and star on the hood give it an authentic battlefield look. It's festooned with accessories, including shovels, pickaxes, and jerry cans, not to mention the .30 caliber machine gun in back. You'll have to do without doors, turn signals, and even a heater, as they just weren't included with the bare-bones Jeep, but what you do get is an unbeatable appeal that every single American seems to understand. If there's a vehicle that's more uniquely American than this, I can't imagine what it might be.
The Jeep was most certainly not built for comfort, but the canvas-lined buckets up front are tolerable for parades and around-town jaunts and with seat belts, no worries about sharp turns and no doors. There's a spray-in bedliner material on the inner tub, so it's durable and easy to maintain without really losing the spirit of the no-frills original. It's got a few gauges in the center of the dash that look suitably '40s in design and the giant steering wheel with skinny spokes was designed to allow the driver to turn the wheels even when the road was rutted. You'll note three levers on the floor, one for the 3-speed manual transmission and the other two for the 2-speed transfer case. The middle one selects 2- or 4-wheel drive, while the one on the far right selects high and low ranges. Cool, right? In back there's plenty of storage for gear, as well as the stand for the deactivated machine gun I mentioned earlier. There are no doors, but the canvas top is easy to operate and has just the right olive tan color to make it look right.
The Willys Jeep wasn't about power, but the 134 cubic inch inline-four proved itself to be virtually indestructible. It was rebuilt a few years ago and more recently was fitted with a new carburetor, so it runs great. Heavy-duty features include the oil bath air cleaner and a big oil filter canister on the side of the engine block, both critical for longevity in the field. It was converted to 6-volt power just to make things easier to maintain (it was originally 24 volts!), but otherwise it remains quite stock. It starts easily with a nice four-cylinder blatt from the exhaust system and it feels quick and nimble even in today's world. The chassis is covered in more olive drab paint and there are skid plates, heavy-duty hardware, and oversized hubs on the front axles, all designed to keep the Jeep alive in the worst of situations. Steel wheels with reproduction military-style tires provide just the right look.
An awesome little piece of history that makes everyone smile, this Willys Jeep is how you make history fun. Call today!
- All Wheel Drive
- Cloth Interior
- Front Suspension
- Leaf Spring
- Rear Suspension
- Leaf Spring
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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