This photo was posted by Brendan Gibbons to Facebook. It shows his uncle driving a Ford GPA in 1946.
I don’t think I’ve seen this one in a press photo.
“1943- Ford GPA amphibious jeep at the Ford Motor Company plant in Dearborn, Michigan. Photo measures approx. 7″ x 9”
UPDATE: Still Available.
(02/05/2017) There seems to be value here.
“Glove box with data plates and tub numbers GPW 107703
5- 16″ rims $100 each
MB engine complete and running has willys head on it $1000
GPW seats $200 each OBO SOLD
And much more”
Note the caption’s name for the jeep is peep. The name jeep is assigned to the far right Command Car.
“1943 Press Photo Ft Knox KY armored 14 ton truck, all purpose car & a jeep. This is an original press photo. Photo measures 8.5 x 6.75inches. Photo is dated 05-21-1943.”
Nice bit of Texas history here.
“An original press photo of Texas Governor Beauford Jester Lee Vanderpool Amphibious Jeep. Photo measures 7 x 9 inches and is dated 8/29/1946.”
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1000
“1942 WWII Willy’s MB with GPA rear end. Jeep frame has the original tag. Has a good front and rear end, good windshield, and two combat seats. Body is rough but parts are salvageable. Comes with many parts, two L134 Engine blocks, one Willys head, t90 transmission, and a Novak correct transfer case. The reared is marked GPA 4025. Asking $1000 but price is negotiable.”
Hard to find these.
“Rare WWII amphibious Jeep. Not running and sitting for many years. Leave contact information if interested.”
Based on the back, this might have been taken in the Spokane area.
“1944 Press Photo Jeep can be car and a boat that goes into water – spx16014
This is an original press photo. JeepPhoto measures 8.75 x 5inches. Photo is dated 01-20-1944.”
It’s a mix of parts.
1944 Ford running gear With 40s Willy’s Scripted Tub, F Head motor, Runs & Drives good,
Needs TLC, Was on a ranch since 60s, No Title BILL of SALE ONLY Call ONLY
NO TEXT RETURNED .!!! ”
UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was on eBay.
Matt spotted this good looking Ford GPA. Lots of great pics on eBay. Maybe this GPW was one shown in these photos.
“1942 Ford GPA
100 Point Restored Vehicle
Over 2000 hours were put into restoration by Wheels of the Past in Cushing OK.
Has complete tool set and NOS spare parts box.
Fresh optima batteries installed in GPA this weekend, the batteries are encased in correct Willard Case for modern tech with correct historical look.
Nothing was overlooked with this restoration, Every bolt that is supposed to be F-Script is, every part is correct. No detail missed.
Has won several gold awards at MVPA conventions and just about every car show it’s attended.
Don’t miss your chance to own this beautiful GPA. She is ready to take to the lake.
If you have any questions, please email me and I’ll be glad to give you a call. Please include phone number in email.
I have a few hundred pictures of the restoration, if you would like to see them, please email me and I’ll send you the link to the photo albums.”
Calm water is best for those GPAs.
“1944- Ford GPA ‘Seep’ (Seagoing Jeep), amphibious version of the Ford GPW Jeep, at Foster Field, Texas.Photo measures approx. 8″ x 10″”
This photo has appeared in various publications.
“1943 Amphibian Jeep Tested in Detroit Original News Service Photo
A new amphibious Jeep is tested in Detroit before delivery to the Army, can carry 5 men and can plunge into water and propel itself like a boat. Associated Press Photo – 7” x 9-1/8””
Marc spotted these photos.
This article appeared in the June 9, 1957 issue of the Tuscaloosa News. The photo shows Frank and Helen Schreider , their dog Dinah, and their Ford GPA, La Tortuga. The report covers the period after their Pan American trip. Because of the journey, the Shreiders were elected to the Explorers Club. In the article they tease about going to Indonesia, which of course the eventually did.
I don’t remember this photo in any of the Half Safe books.
“1957 Press Photo Tiburon Calif, Australian Ben Carlin drove amphibious jeep
This is an original press photo. Tiburon Calif, Australian Ben Carlin drove amphibious jeep around the worldPhoto measures 9.25 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 12-03-1957.”
This photo depicts a Seep acting as an ambulance in Tunisia. The photo was published on March, 29, 1943, in the Spokane Daily Chronicle.
The November 1953 issue of Cars magazine contained this two page article. Note the jeep on the lower right of page 2. See the rear extension box. It’s got a matching cover that connects with soft top.
This issue of Cars Magazine had a few more jeep references. Below are short descriptions of an electric seep, a photo of right hand CJ-3Bs used by the Post Office, and a look at the rolligon.
This short article shows one way to float a Mighty Mite.
If this were my boat, then I’d rather be fishing!
This issue of Pathfinder was published in March of 1946. I bought this issue on eBay, but unfortunately there was no associated story inside.
If there was a caption with this photo, it’s no longer on the back.
“You are bidding on an original press photo of WWII WAC Staff Sgt B Sherman With Seep Jeep . Photo measures 8 x 10 inches and is dated 9/24/1943.”
The Seep’s name is Mud Hen.
“1943- Troops riding in Ford GPA Jeep Amphibious Vehicle “Mud Hen” at Fort Knox.”
Joe and his GPW attended the 24th Annual Military Vehicle Show held by the Arizona Military Vehicle Collectors Club this past weekend. It looks like he was having plenty of fun!
UPDATE: Was on eBay.
Here’s an unpublished photo of Helen and Frank and their gap Tortuga that I hadn’t seen. This is from their initial trip down to South America.
“1956 Press Photo Helen and Frank Schreider Viewing Plaza De Mayo From Their Jeep”
Robin spotted this jeep for the jeep collector with almost everything.
“Original Item: Only One Available. The Ford GPA ‘Seep’ (Seagoing Jeep) was an amphibious version of the WWII Ford GPW Jeep. Only 12,778 were ever produced making this one of the most rare military vehicles in existence today.
This particular example was awarded the highest-level GOLD AWARD with a rating of 99.007% at the 2011 MVPA (Military Vehicle Preservation Association) National Convention in Dayton Ohio, making this the finest GPA in existence on earth.
It has been restored to 100% original factory unissued parts in exacting detail. It runs flawlessly both on land and in water and will be the focal point of any collection. The Jeep has all matching serial numbers (#22741) and was delivered to the Army on 11/4/1942. It was found, rebuilt and restored by former president of the MVPA, master restorer David Welch owner of Ramshorn Creek Restorations. It has no equal and should actually be in the Smithsonian (if they didn’t already have one, still ours is better!).
This GPA has clear title and is currently registered in the state of New Jersey as an antique. It is 100% street legal and transferable. Transportation within the continental USA is included in the purchase price. Overseas customers must contact us for a quote.”
These photos were published in the Philadelphia Inquirer in July 27, 1943. In the top pic it looks like the driver jumped this off the end of a dock.
The note at the bottom dates this March 8, 1943, but initial tests of the GPA were in spring of 1942. Perhaps this is just a driver learning how to drive one.
“You are bidding on an original press photo from a published newspaper. The photo is 11.5 x 8.”