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Metamet: British Jeep Rebuilders

UPDATE II: There’s another 1954 Metamet 12-page brochure for sale on eBay (see bottom of post for pics)

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UPDATE Posted July 04, 2019: This post has been updated to reflect some more information and images. It was originally posted in March of 2013.

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Metamet was a British company that refurbished WWII jeeps and civilian jeeps, creating a slew of different models. According to the G503 Forum, “Metamet was run by an expat Pole, and latterly his son. It was a wonderful Aladdin’s caves of wartime Jeeps and Jeep bits and pieces located in a series of old mews stables in Daleham Mews. These places were commonly garage workshops in post-horse London, but nowdays are worth untold fortunes as residences.”

At one point in the early 1950s there were twelve different models of jeeps offered by Metamet, only one of which was the standard production model jeep. The rest were all customizations of one type or another. Seven models were 80″ wheel base, while the other five had 100″ wheel bases.  The models include, the Standard, De-luxe, Farmer, Five-in-one, Saloon, Shooting Brake, 10 CWT Truck, Metaplan, Station Wagon, 15 CWT Van, 20 CWT Lorry, and a 2 Ton Loadmaster.

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Metamet’s early 1950s models. There were seven 80″ wheel base jeeps and five 100″ wheel base jeeps.

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Here’s an example of Metamet’s advertising.

A 1952 Ad posted to Flicker by Johnathan confirms there were twelve models also:

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Finally, here’s a 1954 12 page brochure that provides examples of different models that used to be linked to on the jeep farm website:

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1942 GPW Lindon, UT **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB) • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was on eBay.

Bill shared this 1942 GPW that’s themed as a British SAS LRDG jeep. Has some passenger floor rust.

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“Runs great. Brakes have been adjusted and the jeep slows and stops as designed.
Shifts smoothly and doesn’t slip out of gear.

Nov 1942 GPW runs well
the wires to lights need to be connected
the grill is not cut but has been painted black
the tires and tubes are new
the floor hat channel rusted out under the passenger seat. It’s covered by a piece of sheet metal. See pics. That’s the only rusted area on the jeep. The floor and tool compartments are solid
The tub, fenders and hood are original.
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1944 GPW Elma, WA $3500

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

Unclear how much value is here.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/pts/d/satsop-1944-willys-ford-jeep/7475436307.html

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“44 JEEP GPW project
it has 75 cj 5 dana 44 flange rear , 30 front
289 ford that jump time
t18 4 sp. dana 20 trasfer
3500 with 289
3000 with out
have title”

 
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1942 GPW Fresno, CA $7995

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

A Script GPW with a very rusty body.

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/cto/d/coarsegold-1942-ford-gpw-jeep-project/7466880372.html

“1942 Ford GPW Script Jeep chassis (non-running), parts and body (rusted).
Serial number 30579
Engine Number: 37273
Includes: starter, carburetor, fuel pump, radiator plus many parts”

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1942 GPW Olympia, WA $2500

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

UPDATE: Price dropped to $2500.

(03/30/2022) A GPW project and parts.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/pts/d/olympia-1942-ford-gpw-willys-jeep-parts/7463637042.html

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“1942 GPW , parts Ford restoration, 1942 Tubb, GPW T84 and transfer box, marked A27451, so that’s January 27 1945.Three Ford frames. Lots of parts. No engine, rear end is a CJ2, front is a GPW with CJ2 gears. The last picture with the soft top it had a cj2 body on it , I pulled the body off. Frame numbers, 1942 GPW 79xx, 1942 GPW 781xx *the last one is a 1943 GPW 1109xx.”

 
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1943 GPW Aurora, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000.

I can’t tell how much value is here, but it does look to have a GPW body (albeit with a cut tailgate area).

“Purchased this in Alabama, the same day I found a vintage Honda in Florida i had to have. I don’t have room for both so this has to go. I have an m38 diesel project I’m trying to finish so I need the space. No title”

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1942 GPW & ’43 GPW Body Kansas City, KS $7000

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

Seller also has a 1943 MB Trailer he is willing to sell for $1500. Though there are pics of the jeeps assembled, they are both disassembled.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/335676945079465

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“This is a repost of an original listing I mistakenly first put under auto parts. Its listed here as a Wrangler because FB doesnt offer any selections for ww2 stuff. This is a posting for a 1942 Ford GPW, and a body tub for a 1943 Ford GPW, and lots of miscellaneous parts. Also, for sale seperately is a 1943 MB trailer. ***I DONT HAVE EXTRA PARTS*** I restored a GPW a few years back, with the intention to restore at least one more jeep. These are the parts I have left over, and have decided not to do another restoration. Id prefer to sell everything all at once, as one package; You can then sell off what you dont need or want.

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1942 GPW Los Osos, CA $2000

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB) • TAGS: .

This has some rare Desert Dog PCV tires (in poor shape). The GPW script body appears to be sitting on a CJ chassis, based on the location of the rear shock frame mounts.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3181197652168945

“1942 Ford Gpw script jeep. Comes with Ford v8 and Bill of sale.. has transfercase and adapter to auto trans.. $2000.00 in Los osos”

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1942 GPW Black Diamond, WA **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB) • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $13,500.

(02/17/2022) Has a Bobcat hood and stainless windshield.

“Selling my 1942 GPW. Has a ford 302 in it with a Saginaw 4 speed and an overdrive. Just put new seat in. Runs really well. Has fiberglass bob cat hood, stainless Jewels windshield frame, brand new BFG KM3 33/12.5r15 tires, and a K Line soft top. Price is negotiable asking $13,500.”

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1943 MB Randolph, VT $3000

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

I hope someone can save this project.

https://vermont.craigslist.org/cto/d/randolph-center-1943-ww2-ford-gpw/7455882268.html

“’43 WW2 Ford GPW military Jeep project…No motor…See pics…Inquire…Jeep has a current Vermont registration in my name…Vermont doesn’t issue titles for older vehicles…Sold with bill of sale…”

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1942 GPW Phoenix, AZ $14,900

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

This has some missing gauges and some non-stock parts.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/cto/d/mayer-1942-jeep-willys/7455091570.html

“1942 original Jeep Willys was in the second war first prototype for the Air Force. The engine was rebuilding.”

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1943 GPW Milpitas, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB) • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6500.

This has some old school updates. Some, like the tail lights, doors, and fender flares, are similar to some of the Fresno jeep mods.

“I have a 1943 Ford GPW for sale. It has the original gpw chassis and tub but the grill and hood are from a cj3a. The seats are from a Chevrolet car and sit on custom fabricated frames. The gas tank has been moved to the back to sit under the tub. It comes with a Chevy 152 engine which has 90hp and 152 lb ft of torque. Nice little 4 cyclinder engine, starts up first crank and runs smooth. The transmission is a T90 and needs to be rebuilt. Right now the third gear synchro is broken and second gear grinds. It come with a really nice roll cage, set of doors that lock, and a rear seat. The price is $6500 OBO. I paid $7500 for it, and was hoping to throw a new tranny in her and have some fun. But I’ve been busy and just don’t have time to work on it.”

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1945 GPW Charlottesville, IN $14,900

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

Mark spotted this GPW with an updated engine (chevy??).

https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/cto/d/charlottesville-jeep-willys-ford-gpw/7457472700.html

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“945 Ford GPW WWII Jeep unrestored in very good shape. Frame and body in good condition. Starts and runs great. This jeep can be driven as is or would be a good restoration project. I just drove it around town and to Home Depot for fun. The jeep spent most of it’s life in California before I had it shipped to Indiana. Recent carburetor rebuild, tune-up, new locking front hubs, radiator flush, oil change and misc. maintenance done. Prior owner swapped out the original 4 cylinder engine with one with more HP. Jeep has a top speed of 55mph vs 40-45mph. Clean Indiana title.”

 
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1943 GPW Body & Parts Mt. Vernon, MO $1200

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

The chassis is not included.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/472121801236425

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“May 7 1943 ford gpw. Chasis and data plates match. Sitting on a cj2a chasis(not included). F script seats, front and rear axles are stored inside with seats, and fenders. Steering column is f script. Has a home made fuel tank same shape as original just square on the edges. No title, engine or transmission. Hood has original surplus paint numbers under hood. Needs new floors and would make a great restoration project.”

 
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1942 GPW Sylva, NC $2000

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

This might be worth a look.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/498109941678953

“1942 Ford/Willys Jeep. Tub is a ford script. Not sure if the top was homemade or factory. Has a split front windsheild. Parts only, no motor. parts shown in picture come with it. No title, bill of sale only. Pickup only.”

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Year? GPW? Spokane, WA $10,000 (or more)

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

This is part of an estate sale. It is listed as a 1946, but it looks to be a GPW based on the tool box lids and front crossmember.

https://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/d/spokane-willys-1946-wwii-style-jeep/7451089265.html and https://spokane.craigslist.org/gms/d/spokane-absolute-estate-sale-march-5th/7452184801.html

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“WWII Style 1946 Willys Jeep

Can be viewed at an estate sale being held in the Spokane Valley on March 4th and March 5th, from 9 am to 3 pm. Address will be announced closer to the sale.

We will be taking offers on this gem – highest offer over $10,000 by the end of the sale will be the proud new owner!

Questions, please call or text only.

Clean – 4 x 4 – runs and drives great
Fully refurbished with lots of tasteful military grade and modernization extras
Includes: 12V system upgrade, electrical system all fully functional, second under seat tank, military night running lights, special horns, extra Jerry cans and hangers, auxiliary plug ins, back seat.
New battery, newly rebuilt carb., new points and plugs, rebuilt master brake cylinder.
Includes a host of extras – 10 boxes of misc parts and accompaniment items including a full set of military grade manuals, 50 caliber gun stand, canvas top in original OD (old) and newer black material, back seat heater, new oil filter unit, and other key spare parts.
Designed for practical use and fun. Carefully refurbished and upgraded and garage kept for years.”

 
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1943 GPW Tyngsboro, MA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500.

Parts or project jeep.

“WWII 1943 Ford GPW, Serial # 108332. Comes with a CJ2A engine (condition unknown, not pictured)), Ford GPW transmission and transfer case (not pictured), 3 combat rims. Lots of F parts. This is a restoration project. A square hole was cut out of the hood, I have two sheet metal pieces to weld in….other than that, the hood is really nice. Ford GWP’s and WWII Jeeps in general are becoming harder to find $5500 or OBO”

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1942 GPW? Rigby, ID $2000

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

UPDATE: Still Available.

(10/31/2021) This is in rough shape.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/672989090336890

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“1942 ford GPW. WWII era jeep built by ford for the war effort on the bantam/willy’s design. ( not a bronco obviously) The dash tags are sadly missing. This project needs a new home, original transmission, transfercase, axles and drive lines and rims. The tub and fenders are original, the floor was replaced as well as the seats. (Not original) There was a Chevy 283 put into it that changed the original steering and motor mounts. The firewall was notched back to make room for the V8. Not selling with a motor. The engine bay is currently empty. I was hoping to get a four cylinder back into it. The V8 was too heavy for the suspension. The patina is from the original owner having it stripped of paint. So it is RUST in color. I had it running and driving, lights and brakes are good. The tires are cracking and the motor was pulled. Too many projects and not enough time.”

 
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Year? Flattie Sun Valley, NV $6500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, GPW (Ford MB)

This may have a GPW chassis, but the body is CJ.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1161078601092535

“It need a charging system Old 6 volt or new 12 volt”

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2 1942 GPWs Kahului, HI $13,000

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

Not sure what the shipping would cost, but at least one of these drives.

https://honolulu.craigslist.org/mau/cto/d/kahului-1942-willys-jeeps/7437927561.html

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“Two 1942 Willys Gpw Jeeps for the
Price Of One!!
One legal and runs great!
Other can be used for parts or also registered and restored!
Will consider selling separately..
Serious Inquiries only…
$13,000.00 for both or best offer”

 
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1942 GPW JeepRod Suffield, CT $11,900

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB), Jeep Rods • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(02/16/2019) This looks like one of the better Jeep Rod projects.

https://hartford.craigslist.org/cto/d/suffield-jeep/7437199494.html

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“VERY COOL
ONE OF A KIND
WW II ROADSTER
This is a well designed “FUN CAR”
REAL STEEL 1940’S BODY

The engine is a 355 ci Chevy. It has a 327 block and 305 heads. Custom frame with ’32 Ford front spring set up and a model A rear spring with a 9″ Ford rear. The trans is a 200r4.
DRIVES LIKE A GO CART
HANDLES LIKE A RACE CAR
MORE FUN TO DRIVE THAN ANYTHING YOU HAVE TAKEN TO A SHOW OR CRUISE NIGHT
Is it perfect…no it is not, BUT is it fun to drive…
YOU bet it is
I would consider the car unfinished as the emergency brake has not been hooked up”

 

 
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1942 GPW Coxs Creek, KY No Price

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

Tom shared this find.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/295101579345013

“Selling a 1942 Ford Jeep a good fixer upper will make a good project for someone they are rare”

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1942 GPW Live Oak, CA $6700

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

The body has seen some work.

https://yubasutter.craigslist.org/cto/d/live-oak-ford-gpw/7432890763.html

“1942 GPW. Runs good I’ve been owner for the last 20 years. Call or text for questions or information.”

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1942 GPW Olympia, WA $2500

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

Looks like there’s some value here.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/pts/d/olympia-1942-ford-gpw-willys-jeep/7427165430.html

“1942 GPW frame March of 1942, GPW79xx,Tub. Front fenders, winshild, fuel tank, driver seat, passenger seat. Two Combat rims, Body repair parts. GPW H marked T84 transmission, and transfer box, Some small parts. No Title, Bill of sale! Offers,Trades”

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Year? CJ-2A/GPW Sikeston, MO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, GPW (Ford MB)

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3750.

This is a mix of parts.

“For sale is a Willys cj2a with a Ford Gpw tub and fenders. The rest of the jeep is a cj2a. The engine number is j145205. This jeep does not have a title and is sold as parts. The windshield is in rough condition. The tub does have rust through in the gas tank well, rear floor, hat channels and other places. The engine currently is stuck. The frame looks very good. The tires are not useable. No seats or fuel tank. The footrest, side handles, corner handles, door strap bolts, and fenders are F marked.”

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