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1943 GPW Pomona, CA $6000


Looks like it would take more than $2500 to make it original.

“:Great jeep with just about perfect body
:Runs good to drive around Town
:Needs about $2500 worth of work to bring it back to original
:Comes with original rims but the tires are no good
:Seats are not original. Original seats are metal so these are more comfortable to sit on
:Paint job not original
:Carburater not original
:Steering wheel not original
:If you have the time and want to restore it back, this Jeep could be worth $12,000 or more
:If your like me and just want to drive it around for fun it’s a classic cool jeep from WWII
I can bring the Jeep to my house in Tarzana if you want to have a look and not drive out to Pomona”

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1943 GPW Peru, IN $7000


Nick’s helping sell this GPW.

“Clear title. Price is firm, I’m selling this for a friend named Barry. He inherited this after his father passed away. It’s a Ford GPW.

Date of delivery 3-3-43
Serial #100328 (matching frame and body)
Engine is MB225042 with the correct T84 tranny.

Barry states the Jeep hasn’t been ran in 3 years. Body has some bondo but is overall in pretty good shape. For $300 extra includes a brand new canvas top in the box from Surplus City Jeep Parts in CA.”

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1945 GPW Oroville, CA $5000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/16/2014) The dash on this is customized flattie is unusual.

“1945 Willy’s Custom Jeep (Price reduced for quick summer sale). Up for sale we have a well upgraded custom 1945 Willy’s Jeep. This Jeep has a 1969 Buick V6 229 Engine with the original Transfer Case. The Transmission in this Jeep is a Manual GM Granny 4-Speed tranny; to support the torque of this motor you have a heavy duty rear drive line, a Air locker front axle, and a Detroit locker rear axle. This Jeep has a Pre-78′ Chevy Steering column with the ignition switch in the column and the power steering is fully functional. This Jeep is ready for the fun in the sun, go out in style with the confidence Jeeps were founded on.

Fully Fabricated Front Bumper Air Tank
Removable Cooler Rack (Was Originally Assembled to be permanent)”






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1942 GPW Mechanicsville, MD $2500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(012/26/2016) This GPW is #60673. Not sure how rusty the floors are.


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1944 GPW Rowlett, TX $10,200


UPDATE: Price dropped to $10,200

(05/06/2016) The seller’s bucket is overflowing … just not sure why (first sentence of last paragraph.

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“The 1944 Ford GPW offered for sale here has been restored on top of what was a very solid and rust free chassis and tub. The hood and fenders have slight imperfections which indicate to me that the sheet metal is original as well. I purchased this GPW earlier this year from the estate of a Willys collector, restorer and enthusiast. I chose this one of the four MB/GPW’s available because of its originality and condition. There was a museum quality one in olive drab and Army livery but it was beyond my price threshold.

With the exception of the light blue paint (my son suggested it might be a Navy Jeep), the Pirelli Scorpion tires and 12 volt conversion this little GPW is completely stock. It came to me with a brand new canvas top that was still in a plastic bag. Opening it, unfolding it and installing it inside my shop made the whole place smell like a musty old army surplus store!

Equipped with what I believe to be its original drivetrain this GPW is powered by the Willys “Go Devil” 134 cubic inch iron head flat four designed to produce 60hp and 105lbs of torque delivered through the correct T84 three speed transmission and working two speed transfer case to drive the correct front and rear Dana axles and Warn locking hubs. The truck starts right up and idles cold with a little choke from the original one barrel Carter carburetor. It warms up quickly and runs cool with good oil pressure. The gas gauge is the only instrument not indicating. Steering, shifting and braking (four wheel hydraulic drum system) all work as they did when the rig was new, which is to say these are raucous, rough and tumble vehicles that offer little in terms of ergonomics, comfort or safety. Top speed was claimed to be 65mph although I can’t say I have gotten it much over 50mph but I do enjoy a casual cruise around the neighborhood and in the parade line (so long as I can avoid going in and out of that seriously low first gear).

I am going to guess that this car wasn’t driven much at all before I purchased it. I was impressed to see how readily it came to life but not really surprised because so much of it looks freshly restored. The motor is smooth, sounds good and has ample compression. It might grind a bit on a lazy shift and it does have a few weeps and drips after a day’s work but so do a lot of 72 year olds I know.

I fully admit to being a shameless car flipper. As such I have experienced a good percentage of my “bucket list” cars. I can tell you that this car attracts a lot of attention and draws people from walks of life far and away from the average car enthusiast. I have had the privilege of listening to memories of veterans that span the spectrum of emotions evoked by this little Jeep; from saving a life as a getaway vehicle in Korea to saving some sanity as a surfboard hauler in Vietnam. I have watched teenage girls give compelling (and as yet unsuccessful) arguments as to why their parent should buy them this car. One guy offered to store it for me in the foyer of his business. He didn’t want to drive it he just liked looking at it. Everyone loves the GPW.

Now, my bucket floweth over and it is time to move the GPW. This vehicle is located in Rowlett, Texas and is offered as is where is with no warranty implied or otherwise. Texas residents may be subject to sales tax and licensing fees. If the ad is up, it is for sale.”

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1945 GPW Rock Island, IL Feb 18th Auction

• CATEGORIES: Auctions, GPW (Ford MB)

It’s got some non-stock parts.

“The Jeep includes the title and the restoration records dated August 3, 2016, as well as the book “The Military Jeep Complete* Willys MB Ford GPW: All Three Original TMs in Full” from Motorbooks Intl. The odometer lists the mileage as 79.7, likely miles driven after the restoration. A U.S. Army Signal Corps Motorola C-847/U control radio head unit and power supply with a telephone style microphone hand set is also included with the Jeep. Condition is very good in appearance with some small areas of light rust. Mechanically the vehicle runs. Manufacturer: None Model: None BBL: Stock: Gauge: Finish: Grips: Serial Number: Class: Other Condition”


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1944 GPW Paradise Valley, AZ $5990


UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/26/2015) “Jeep 1944 willy made by ford
one of a kind
car is in very good shape, engine rebuild.
world war 2
red color
runs great lift it few inches
manual original gear shifting
buick skylart engine v6
new tires
great car
new gas pump, tune up done 2month ago.
new gas filter.
runs great
will trade for convertible.”

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1943 GPW PIttsburg, MO $12,500


Includes a Bantam Trailer (not pictured).

“For sale a 1943 ford gpw military jeep with bantam trailer .this jeep has seen the battlefield during ww2 , cool stuff if this thing could talk it has a rebuilt engine and starter and runs like a new one”

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Year? GPW Creedmoor, TX **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1000.

“Unaware of year around the 40’s, does not run reasonable offers will be excepted”

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1942 GPW Willows, CA $2200


UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/20/2016) “1942 Jeep made by ford. New tires, runs. 4 cylinder. I bought it and drove it maybe 50 miles and it has been sitting for a couple years..”

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1942 GPW Biloxi, MS $18,000


The rims don’t appear original.

“I am selling this 1942 Ford GPW for my grandfather.
As far as I know everything is original aside from the 6V Conversion to 12V.
He also has some accessories that come with the Jeep. IE Radio Equipment
The jeep has 146,327 miles at the time of this post
The Serial number is: 44164
Please contact me by email first, serious inquiries only. More pictures available upon request.
Price: $18,000 OBO”


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1942 GPW Saint Helens, OR $16,000


Same owner since 1965.

“GPW Ford Script Jeep
Restored about 10 years ago
Same owner since 1965
Most parts have F script on them even the bolts
Some extra parts included and ww2 gear
E-mail me your number and I will call you back.”

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1943 MB? Troutdale, Or $4500


Starts and runs, but carb is off.

“i have a willys jeep that starts and runs. carb is off at this time. been stored in the garage since i had it. i have the title for it. i have other parts that are for the willys or gpw that i will be selling separately. i will get better pictures in a few days. it has the original 4 cylinder in it with the T84 Transmission. i have drove it before but been sitting for the last few years. ”


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1942 GPW Hayes Valley, CA $12,995


This jeep was reconditioned by Bechtel in Oakland, California.

“1942 Ford GPW Jeep. Original “Ford script” body. Reconditioned/rebuilt on April 26, 1945 in Oakland, California. Older restoration. Prior owner was entering it in parades. Original seats. 50 caliber machine gun and gun mount. Rear seat. Canvas top. Willys engine has good (130psi to 135psi) compression and starts well, but needs new head gasket. Has been mostly stored over the last few years and needs a full tuneup. Ford script tires. Clear California title.”

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1944 GPW Rancho Cucamonga, CA $5500


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500. Andy pointed out that this one had an Esslingen rebuild tag:



“Original 1944 Ford Gpw willys jeep. Needs restore. Has a WWII 1942 Gpw engine. The frame is a 1944 Gpw. parked since 1992 non op. Still has oil and water in the jeep. Had a blown head gasket when parked. Motor turns over by hand easily.”





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1942 GPW Santa Rosa, CA $4500


Has a CJ engine and a few other updates.

“1942 Willey for sale with soft top
3 speed manual, 12v converted.
Does have 2 seats, one currently removed.
Runs good, in good shape.
Please email for more info.”

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1942 GPW Portland, OR $3500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/26/2016) Doesn’t run at the moment, but looks interesting.

“Killer garage find. Ben sitting years. Complete and in good to great shape it’s 1942. Has a four cylinder pinto engine. Clean and clear matching title and new plates . I bet a gas tank cleaning and a tune up she will run agine.. Lots of good new parts to go with it.. cool old ford 4×4.”

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1942? Flattie Tacoma, WA $1000


It’s got rear floaters. It just might have an MB/GPW chassis. Looks to have a replacement body.

“Too many projects too little time. Include second grill, and set of fenders. I believe the owner before me started restoring and didn’t get far. From what I can tell new front and rear axles. I have signed not transferred title in hand. It’s at my business but is personally for sale. Obviously some rust but most are just light surface, to my knowledge the pan is in good shape.
There is a 4 cylinder engine under the hood – but not running.’

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1944 GPW Boise, ID **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $13,900.

Could use some more photo from additional angles.



“This is a 1944 GPW Ford made WW2 Jeep with clean title. I fully rebuilt this jeep in 2012 with a frame off restoration.

The engine, clutch and transmission have been professionally rebuilt. 4×4 works perfectly. I have over 400 documented hours into the restoration, and I’ve spent 1/3 more than the asking price. its had over 1200 trouble free miles since its restoration.
This restoration uses the original tub, frame, parts and sheet metal. Reproduction parts have been kept to a minimum but include hat channels and a little sheet metal. It has all of the original Ford WW2 engine and drivetrain, axles, driveshafts, etc.
The good: runs and drives great, new Vintage Wiring of Maine correct looking wiring harness, new brakes and master cylinder, and new tires. It has reproduction data plates. Has reproduction WW2 combat wheels including spare. Has a WW2 fuel can and water bag, included.
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1943 GPW Los Angeles, CA $5600


Has potential. Engine doesn’t look original

“WWII Jeep with an original four cylinder flathead engine that runs. Has been sitting and needs some restoration, needs work before being fit for the road.’



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1945 GPW Early APU

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPW (Ford MB), Industrial-Welder-Generator • TAGS: .

Nick spotted this very interesting early APU conversion of a GPW by O.E. Szekely that is for sale at D&L Bensinger.

Nick, who’s become very knowledgeable on the APU jeep, noted that the GPW was “converted to an APU in 1947. To date, this is the only Line Maintenance GPW survivor. This specific model is “B” and the generator outputs 28.5 DC volts for starting jet aircraft. These retrofitted Jeeps served as prototype models to the later 2A/3A’s. Nearly all the equipment is present. The only part I can see is missing from the photos is the wire reel. Notice how the governor system appears to be under the carburetor, and the hood is modified above it.”

Here’s the ad info: “This is a late war GPW. Vehicle hasn’t been run for over 10 years. Body is rusted. Has one rear axle shaft broken. This jeep came from Omsted AFB in Harrisburg, PA which closed in 1969. It was modified in Philadelphia with Flight Line Maintenance Generator Set. In 30 years of jeep collecting, I’ve never seen another jeep with this equipment. GPW still shows yellow paint inside and a radio mike on the shop-made aluminum half cab. The cable reel to aircraft is missing as are some other parts of the kit. This is a great project for someone who wants an air field jeep.”

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1943 GPW Tulsa, OK $12,500


Looks like it has an extra cross member under the grille.

“Selling my 1943 ford gpw ww2 army jeep with bantam 1/4 ton 2 wheel trailer this vehicle is in great condition and in fully drivable condition rebuilt flathead 4 cyl motor and fresh rebuilt starter . This jeep was a forward observer vehicle on the battlefield in ww 2 .”

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Year? GPW/MB Huntsville, AL No Price


The seller guessed that this a Willys MA, but he was quickly educated by some folks on Facebook.

“This one is pretty much original and completely untouched. You will never find this Jeep again!
The newer seats are not installed just sitting in the body. Original seats are in there, but tore up. Please, Do not text or email if you are not interested in purchasing”

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1942 GPW Albany, OR $25,000


UPDATE: Price dropped to $25,000.

(10/23/2014) “Fully restored 1942 Jeep built by Ford. GPW Script Jeep . GPW on a MB frame [ correct ] factory 12 volt. Built March 16, 1942.”


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1945 GPW New Castle, PA $4000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/31/2016) Runs, but has been patched and has some incorrect parts.

“1945 ford jeep. It has a war time head on 4 cylinder not sure when block is from drives and stops 4 wheel drive works good runs good. Tub has been patched up has a Willys hood on it . Price is 4000 obo”

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