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1942 Photo of Ford GP in London on eBay

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UPDATE: Still Available. The caption and date are slightly different between this current pic on eBay and its predecessor from 2013 (at bottom).

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“1942 Press Photo U.S. Army Soldiers ride down London street in Military Jeep. .This is an original press photo. Four American doughboys ride down a London street in a peculiarly American vehicle, one of Uncle Sammy’s jeeps. Note how they are overshadowed by the familiar London double-deck bus. U.S. Army in London Photo measures 6.25 x 9.5 inches. Photo is dated 03-15-1942.”

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This version of the photo was auctioned in 2013 on eBay. It has the date of March 13, 1942. The caption includes the verbiage, “A ‘Jeep’ comes to London Town”.




4 Comments on “1942 Photo of Ford GP in London on eBay

  1. David Eilers


    Yes, it is a Ford GP. Those jeeps had the headlights behind the grille. Here are some shots of Tate’s Ford GP: … Ford created a second prototype jeep called the Ford Budd with lights on top of the fenders. It’s restored and living in England:

    The first of the Bantam models (the original Bantam BRC) had headlights mounted atop the inner portion of the fender. The second generation, the BRC-60, had them mounted in a similar fashion, but included a protective cover. The Bantam BRC-40 had fender indents on the top of the fender where the lights were mounted behind a protective cover: (as did the Checker:

    The Willys Quad had headlights on top of the fenders and behind a square protector: …. After the Willys Quad came the Willys MA. Though the grill design was flattened, the lights were still atop the fenders:

  2. Antoni Deighton

    There’s something curious about this picture. Why does this supposedly military jeep have a British civilian license plate? Just compare it to the license plate on the bus and the car behind.

  3. David Eilers

    Hi Antoni,

    That’s a good question. I don’t know the answer to why this particular jeep has a plate, but according to the page, vehicles (and even tanks) sometimes were issued by the US and Canada during WWII. I imagine the same was true for the UK.

    Even the Willys Quad had a license plate for some reason:

    – Dave

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