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1944 GPW Rowlett, TX $11,800


UPDATE: Price dropped to $11,800.

(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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GPW/CJ-2A Sikeston, MO $1750


The engine is stuck and its a mix of parts.

“I have for sale a cj2a that has a a ford gpw tub and fenders on it. The engine is stuck and there is no title, it is a parts jeep, farm jeep or trail jeep. It does have the cj2a windshield, hood, grill, engine, t90 transmission, transfer case, axles and radiator, lots of parts for the money. The tub, fenders and several small parts are f marked. Don’t ask if it is still for sale, if the add is up, it is for sale. Asking $1750 or best offer.”

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1942 GPW Griffin, GA $18,000


UPDATE: Was a sealed auction. Now priced at $18,000.

“This GPW has been garage kept and is about as rust free as you’ll find. Accompanying the Jeep is an article showing where a similar jeep was presented to Admiral Nimitz by the military at Pearl Harbor so the Jeep in the article matches this one right down the year, make, model and military number on hood. There is no way to verify this so one has to assume it is a clone to commemorate this event. Starts and runs like it should. Has a few cosmetic flaws as you can see in the pics but is mechanically sound. If you would like to make offer but will be unable to attend you may send offer via email. This vehicle does not have a Georgia title so ownership will transfer via bill of sale.”

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1943 GPW Akron, OH eBay


It’s a GPW that hasn’t been started in a while.

View all the information on eBay


“IMPORTANT UPDATE: Upon further inspection, research and some expert advice (thank you!), I believe this is a 1943-ish Ford GPW. I have included more pictures. Some just for your additional information and some show the details that positively identify it as a Ford GPW as opposed to a Willys MB. For example, the frame under the radiator is an inverted U as opposed to a tube on the Willys.

The one picture is the engine serial number which is 3059695. From what I have read, that’s not the original Kaiser motor.
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Year? GPW Craig, CO $5000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/04/2014) Listed as a 1946, this has GPW tool lids and other military elements. A tailgate has been added. The pics below are from the ad in 2014.

“1946 Willys Jeep. Original motor and drive train. Runs but does smoke.”

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1942 GPW Salida, CA $3200


UPDATE: Still Available. Has a DJ-3A hardtop.

(07/07/2015) Thought it has some odd mods, there is still some WWII GPW left on this one.

“1942 Ford Jeep Phase 1 military. All original engine is included but is pieces. Hard to find .”

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1942 GPW East Wenatchee, WA $3800


Looks like a good price, assuming the projects aren’t too big.

“pretty solid old flat fender
Tub is good with very little rust
302 Ford
Toploader 4 speed
PS, Front Disc brakes,
Full Cage
Rear seat
Extra front and rear end
Have a top and some half doors
Runs and drives well

Needs a couple oil leaks fixed…rear output seal for transfer case. one front axle seal and one rear axle seal……..can be driven home but these will need attention.”


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1942 GPW Auburn, WA $6500


Has a lift kit.

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“Bought this b/c its a 1942 Ford Script GPW jeep and b/c it is cool.. runs great…its a great deer hunting jeep.. play jeep or just jot around town cool ride.. gets lots of looks b/c its looks cool… I was thinking I would go thru it and fix it to full stock.. .as a GPW Ford Script Jeep.. After full inspection it is beyond what I want to get into…

It has bondo in it… has been converted to power steering has a lift on it (only about 1.5″)… and is missing stuff that is needed … like the light buckets.. black out lights .. and things like that…. Continue reading

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Year? GPW Denver, CO $2300


Seller is listing this as a MB/CJ2. However, it looks like this has a GPW body and some military running gear.

“This is a 1948 Jeep/Willys MB/CJ2. As a WWII jeep, at the end of the war these were sold to civilians as a CJ2. As is common in these years, this one has MB parts (military) and CJ2 parts (civilian) as they used all the parts to put these in production. This has the L134 flathead-Go Devil-engine. The engine runs! You can hear it run when you come look at it. I had inquiries so I checked; I drove this jeep. It appears the tranny, etc is fine. I drove it around, however, it has no brakes (brake cylinder is dry). Floorboards are solid. No rust through.

This would be a good project. That was my intention, but other projects took priority. The body has bondo covering it. The “patches” (seen in the photos) are places where the thick bondo has flaked off. The metal underneath is in pretty good shape.

This has a working PTO winch, 4 hi, 4 low, etc. It’s a project, but it has good potential. Two extra military seats and gas tank go with it (not sure what they’re from). Engine has been converted to 12 volt system.”

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Year? GPW Vernon, FL $8888


The description could use some work. Might be worth a look nonetheless.

“1941 (By Title) Military Jeep; i have preserved for 32 yrs by title dates ; 5,000 mi; New paint; Engine runs good; Good compression (4cyl); Needs gas tank & Windshield glass; Good 4X4 system; 5 new tires. Possible trades. Designed by Batom sport car co= First real SUV?”

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1942 GPW Concord, CA $800


Not sure how much value is here.

“42 gpw willys. is taken apart was going to build it into a buggy but don’t have the time. body is complete hood fenders ect ect. trans and t case all there needs work but would make a cool project. no papers was going to be green sticker off rd only. asking 800.00 obo. just need it gone.”


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1942 GPW Troutdale, OR $3500


UPDATE: Price dropped to $3500.

(03/11/2016) Runs.

“I have a 1942 willys jeep. f script military jeep
runs and drives can be restored or used as is. ”

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1945 GPW Salado, TX $4250


UPDATE: Still Available.

Seller offers lots of details.

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“For Sale:
1945 Authentic Ford GPW Composite military jeep. $4250.00 OBO.
Front crossmember is square, (Ford GPW frame). M2 floor pan / frame has support brace for the M2 mount. Serial numbered correct date of manufacture. The rear storage bins are amazing–not rusted out at all. Latching mechanisms are complete, locks are not. Blackout lights and pivot “work” headlights work as designed. Coming with the Jeep–Many, many spare parts. The Jeep is complete, less the rear seat & emergency brake handle assembly.
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1943 Flattie Mead, WA $1600


UPDATE: Price dropped to $1600

(10/03/2015) A project.

“1943 ford jeep flat fender willys 318 4 speed tilt wheel highback race seats afco aluminium radiator 35″ boggers custom tube frame cj5 springs this is a project and still need lots of work calls only”

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1942 GPW Sparks, NV $10,000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(07/31/2015) No pics provided.

“Military jeep (GPW – Ford) in “frame up” restoration. Majority of frame and bodywork done. Many original and new parts, including extra Willys MB engine. This is a “Script F” jeep. Sandblasted to bare metal. Perfect project jeep. $10k. Serious inquiries only. ”

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1942 GPW Divide, CO **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8000

It runs and drives.

“I have a ford 1942 ford GPW jeep (like a willies) runs and drives, not original motor, but it is the same. body and frame numbers match, I have decided I do not want to spend the time to restore this jeep. If you are interested text me an offer. All gears work, 4×4 works, lights work.”





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1942 GPW Spokane, WA $2900


I don’t see any full floaters on the rear. The body may be sitting on a newer chassis.

“I have a very rare hard to find original ford script tub jeep. Ford was only able to brand their tub for a few months in 1942 before the government made them stop. There are very few of these original jeeps still around. I have a 134L engine for extra money. It comes with transmission and transfer case. Someone started putting power steering in it. No seats. It comes as you see it in the pictures. Its a full restoration project. Please call, text or email any questions. Clean clear title.”

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1942 GPW Tuscaloosa, AL $12,000


Engine is seized.

“1942 Script Ford GPW. Delivered to the Army on April 29, 1942.
This is a great jeep and has matching frame and body. The engine was a World War II era replacement. This is a great piece of history and has been a joy to own.
The engine has seized and the transmission needs to be repaired.”

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1943 GPW Tullytown, PA $950


UPDATE: Price dropped to $950.

(04/14/2016) Steve forwarded this one. I wouldn’t say it is a “great” candidate for restoration; more accurate to say it is badly in need of restoration.

“I have a all orginal 43 Willys gpw. 9 slot grille, with solid tailgate. Jeep was pulled from a collapsed barn in upstate pa.

The bad: Engine is either locked it the trans, because rear axel will not spin..
Also it was hit on the front driver side so the grille and fenders are bent but can be repaired.

The good: it’s a great candidate for a restoration as it’s almost complete minus the seats.
It has the body tags and data plates so acuiring at title would not be hard.”

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1942 GPW Hudson Valley, NY No Price


Seller is testing the waters.

“I am thinking of selling my 42 gpw, everything is original and ford including the engine which was rebuilt a few years ago in Virginia, has 4 combat rims with used Firestone tires with decent tread , looking for offers at the moment”

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1942 GPW Grass Valley, CA $3653


Has some updates.

“Here is your chance to own a piece of History. This is the real deal, a Ford GPW. Not many left, and likely saw service in WWII. This one features a Willys flathead 4 cylinder, t90 3 speed trans, twin stick transfer case, and dana axles. The hood still has some original military markings, and there are still some F script parts. This rig runs like a singer sewing machine and has literally logged thousands of miles in the sierras on a multitude of cool back country trips. The price is more than fair for a turn key piece of history. No offers without seeing the rig, yes it can be shipped worldwide at your expense.”

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1944 GPW Post Falls, ID **Status Unknown**


UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $6500.

Runs, but needs work.

“Hello, I have a 1944 military jeep with a title ready for someone to finish. It comes with all the parts pictured, as well as a new carb and the two front seat frames. Tires are excellent. It has the Willy’s 4 cylinder engine and t90 transmission. It runs and drives but needs brakes. Tub has rust mainly in front floor but the whole thing is a little rough. It is not all stock original but a cool little jeep. Email your # if you want to view it or have any questions. I am firm on the $6,500. Clean title!”

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1942 GPW Dayton, TN $9500


No pics provided.

“Gotta 1942 Ford scroll army jeep.. Asking 9500.00 or best offer.. Will send pictures to serious inquiries only.. Thanks..”

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1945 GPW? Berkeley, CA $7500


Has a fiberglass body and 2A windshield.

“Very good condition with original four cylinder engine that is strong and fast. Rebuilt carburetor, new gas tank, exhaust system, completely rebuilt brake system and new tires and tubes. This is a WWII Jeep with a fiberglass tub and hood. The underside is solid with an excellent frame. This is a great running and driving WW2 Jeep and it is currently located on a ranch in southern California. Leave a phone number if interested.”

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1942 GPW Visalia, CA $6500


Runs, but needs some work.

“1942 Ford Military Jeep. This jeep was purchased by my family right after World War II. We have owned it for over 70 years. It has a flat head Ford 4 cylinder. The Jeep has always resided in Central California. It runs but will need the brakes to be looked at. The brakes worked fine but the Jeep sat for a few years and now they are not working. Should be something simple. It is all original and has minor surface rust. My plan was to restore it but life has changed and I want it to go to someone who will restore it and get some good use out of it such as military parades or whatever interests the jeep brings. Currently I have the Jeep at a friend’s shop in Visalia. If you want to view it call or text me and I will make arrangements for viewing.”

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