1942 Willys Original US Military JeepThis is an original, restored 4 WD General Purpose Truck built for the U.S. Government with a numbers matching 4 cylinder “Go Devil” 134ci L-head, 60 hp engine. Early SLAT GRILLS had no glove box, they had a round muffler, oil bath air cleaner and filter, rubber hood bumpers, solid wheels, piano hinges on the tool box lids, three bolt spare tire carrier, no blackout driving lamps and no gas can holder. The makers name was embossed on the rear panel and a welded slat grill on the Willys. This Jeep is complete with Maintenance Manual in English and Russian (This was a “lend lease” vehicle) known as a VEP Jeep at S/N 124833. Only 200 slat grills are estimated to have survived through 2006 according to Army Motors, the official magazine of the Military Vehicle Preservation Assoc.
This Willys Jeep was delivered to the U.S. Army on March 5, 1942. She went through a total frame off nut and bolt restoration completed in 2009 and has appeared at hanger dances, parades, Veteran’s Day Events, Air Shows and USO shows. She is period correct complete with a 48 star flag, all canvas top, shovel and axe attached to side, a copy an M1 automatic Carbine on the dash.
The vehicle was altered to be street safe with upgraded brakes, and a 12 volt electric ignition system.
Portfolio & Restoration by mbatkinson.2008, Austin, Texas, U.S.A.