Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs Research Archives

Prior to the finalization of the MB Jeep, The American Bantam, Ford, and Willys all created pilot and prototype jeeps in an attempt to win Army contracts. Bantam built the very first jeep, the Bantam BRC. They also built the BRC-60 and BRC-40. Ford built the Pygmy, the Budd, and the GP. Willys built the Willys Quad and the Willys MA. Checker appears to have built one based on Bantam parts. Finally, are rumors of a jeep by York-Hoover, but I’ve never nailed down actual pictures. See this post: http://www.ewillys.com/2010/03/14/york-hoover-all-terrain-prototype/

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1942 Photo of Ford GPs in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

Here’s evidence of Ford GPs in Brazil.

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“1942 Press Photo American Jeeps in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is an original press photo. “Jeep” cars of U.S. manufacture pass through a Rio de Janeiro street February 13, as Brazilian War Minister General Gaspar Eurico Dutra reviewed units of Brazil’s motor-mechanized forces before their departure for Recife. (Brazil – Defense). Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 02-13-1942.”

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1944 Photo of Ford GP(?) At a Beach on eBay

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Looks like a Ford GP to me.

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“1944- A U.S. Army soldier in a jeep watches a Piper J-3C 65 Cub, re-designated L-4 Grasshopper, liaison plane take off from a gravel road. Photo measures approx. 8″ x 10″”

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1940 Photo of Ford Pygmy on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

This is a great press photo.

“1940- Ford Pilot Model GP-No. 1 Pygmy, during initial testing after delivery to the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps at Camp Holabird in Baltimore on November 23.Photo measures approx. 7 1/4″ x 10”

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Early Jeep Seats? Newell, CA $300

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs

I haven’t seen enough prototype jeep seats to know if these are original or not.

“Metal seats from early US ARMY JEEP.”

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/ant/pts/d/jeep-seats/6430524419.html

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1942 War Bond Ad

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features

This war bond ad featuring what looks to be a Bantam BRC40 was published in the April 30, 1942, issue of the Daily Illini.

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Postcard w/Bantams on eBay

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This postcard shows some Bantam BRC-40s.

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1941 Ford GP Selkirk, NY **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

(11/09/2017) Rough shape, but these are hard to find.

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“You are bidding on a rare prototype ford jeep known as the GP. This is a very early first series GP. Although incomplete it comes with many parts. The frame is in excellent condition. The tub will need repair and I’m including the front and rear floor replacement panels. Here’s a quick list of included items but I do have more that goes with the project. I have a title that matches the vin on the frame. This is your chance to get your hands on one at a very reasonable price.
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1941 Ford GP #9419 Rapid City, SD $24,500

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Nice looking GP!

“The Ford GP offered for sale here is serial number 9419 and was built 24 April 1941 and assigned the US Army hood number W 2018213 at the factory. Ford GP 9419 was purchased from the family of a hunter at Deer River, Minnesota in 1984.

GP 9419 is complete with its original data plates (fairly rare for prototype vehicles) and the data plates match the frame serial number * 9419 * (which is also quite rare for prototype vehicles). This rare 76+ year old vehicle is 95% complete and almost everything has been restored or rebuilt by experts – the front and rear end, transmission and transfer case, engine, headlights and taillights, gauges, carburetor, etc. The sheet metal is all original except for the floor pan in the body, and there are quite a few rare bolts and nuts and some new-old-stock parts. The vehicle has never sat outside since it was purchased in 1984 and has spent the last 20 years in a tight, dry garage at 4500 feet elevation in the high desert climate of the Black Hills in southwestern South Dakota. The GP has a South Dakota title and is located only about 20 miles off the I-90 freeway on a good tar road.”

http://www.dakotahof.com/fordgp.html

1941 Ford GP prototype, WW2 jeep for sale, jeep USA hood number W2018213, 1941 jeep with South Dakota title

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1941 Ford GP Anthony, NM $55,000

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Mark just listed this one over at warjeeps.com.

41 GP 9709 DOD 5/2/41
This jeep is 95% complete thou not 100% restored it has most all the hard parts present.
This is a nice GP if you have any questions please call.
I can email a detailed list of what this jeep has also I can take additional pictures of specific views if needed.”

http://www.warjeeps.com/mjs/sale17/adm622/adm622.html

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Ford GP Camp Croft Postcard on eBay

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Good look at a Ford GP.

“VINTAGE POSTCARD – CONDITION: VG/some corner wear *SEE SCANS BELOW OF BOTH SIDES. DATE/ERA: c1940s. Standard Size 3.5×5.5 Inches.”

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1941 Ford GP Selkirk, NY eBay

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Starting price is $7500. Thanks to Mike for spotting this one.

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“You are bidding on a rare prototype ford jeep known as the GP. This is a very early first series GP. Although incomplete it comes with many parts. The frame is in excellent condition. The tub will need repair and I’m including the front and rear floor replacement panels. Here’s a quick list of included items but I do have more that goes with the project. I have a title that matches the vin on the frame. This is your chance to get your hands on one at a very reasonable price.

1. Rolling chassis (correct axles)
2. Original tub
3. Transmission
4. Transfer case
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1944 Photo of Bantam BRC-60 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

UPDATE: The same photo with the same caption, but dated slightly different, is for sale on eBay. The earlier one sold in March of 2016 (seen at bottom of post).

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(03/13/2016 original post) “1944- U.S. Army’s Bantam BRC 60 reconnaissance car on display in the Smithsonian Institute. Note: Still on display at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.”

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1941 “Blitz Buggy” Article

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This article showing the front of a Ford GP appeared in the October 15, 1941, issue of the Criag Empire Courier out of Colorado.

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1941 Photo of Ford GP at Fort Bliss on ebay

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Another Ford GP test at Fort Bliss.

“1941- U.S. 1st Cavalry Division troops during test drive in Ford-built Bantam Jeep reconnaissance car at Fort Bliss. ”

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1941 Photo of Ford GP w/ Edsel Ford

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UPDATE: The original press photo that appeared in the newspaper at the bottom of this post is now on eBay.

“1941- Edsel Ford, in rear seat, and Brig. Gen. Charles Bonesteel go for a ride in the first Ford GP prototype jeep delivered to the U.S. Army after it rolled off the assembly line at the Ford River Rouge factory in Dearborn, Michigan. Photo measures approx. 7″ x 9″”

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Original posted 06/30/2016:
This photo and caption were published in the March 7, 1941, issue of the Owosso Argus Press. No article accompanied it.

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1941 Photo of Bantam BRC-40 on eBay

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Nice press photo of a BRC-40 climbing a hill.

“Original 8″ x 10″ glossy press photo. Hand written on back : ARMY ARMORED SCOUT COMMAND CAR PEEPS. Dated May 4, ’41. Good condition for its age.”

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1940s Photo of a Ford GP with Female Passenger on eBay

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There must be a story with this photo.

“1940s WWII Photo from another unnamed US Army soldiers photo album. Most appear to be at a unknown California army base before heading to the Pacific Theater of Operation. Nothing written on backs nor in album so no other info available.”

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Photo of Ford GP on eBay

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This undated 4″ x 5″ photo features a Ford GP.

“1940s WWII Photo from another unnamed US Army soldiers photo album. Most appear to be at a unknown California army base before heading to the Pacific Theater of Operation. Nothing written on backs nor in album so no other info available.”

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Photo of Willys MA carrying Push Ball on eBay

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UPDATE: This same photo with a different caption was sold back in 2014 (see bottom pics).

“1942 Photo WW2 Era Fort Custer MI Versatile Jeep Military Push Ball Game Rare
You are bidding on an original Press Photo from a newspaper archive. The photograph measures 6×7 inches and is dated 9-25-1942.”

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From Feb 2014 eBay ad:

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1944? Photo of 2 Bantams Crossing Stream on eBay

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This photo features 2 Bantam BRC-40s. I’m wondering if the date of publishing was later than the photography date, given the Bantams.

“You are bidding on an original press photo of WWII Soldiers Drive Jeep Autos Through Water. Newspaper markings on photo. Photo measures 6.5 x 8.5 inches and is dated 8/22/1944.”

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1941 Photo of Ford GP Leaping Over a Bump on eBay

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Great action photo. Interesting mix of tires.

“1941- U.S. soldiers hurtling over bump while taking Ford GP Jeep on a test drive. Photo measures approx. 7″ x 9″ ”

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Feb. 1942 Photo of Ford GP on Panama HWY on eBay

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Looks like a slat grille behind the GP.

“1942 Press Photo Jeeps travel across unpaved section of Panama trans-highway.
This is an original press photo. Under the supervision of the U.S. Public Roads Administration fourteen hundred men are at work constructing a trans-ishmanian highway which is scheduled for completion (withal weather paving) by the end of March 1942, if the work is not hampered by rain during the present “dry season”. Photo shows part of the “Jeep” parade over a section of road which has not a yet been laid with concrete. The road is entirely within the Republic of Panama. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 02-06-1942″

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1941 Photo of Ford GP at Fort Custer on eBay

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Nice shot of a Ford GP.

“941- Army engineers at Fort Custer test footbridge by driving Ford GP jeep across it. Photo measures approx. 7″ x 9″

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1942 Photo of Bantam BRC-40, Shells & Women on eBay

If you like old jeeps, shells, and women, then this photo if for you!

“1942 Press Photo A Group of Girls Riding the Range in a Jeep Pass 16 Inch Shells.
This is an original press photo. Women who just a short while ago thought of a range as something to cook on and powder as something to pat on their faces are now doing the work of men on the firing range at the Army ordnance Department’s proving grounds at Aberdeen, MD. They don’t just fool around with the light work, either. They fill shells with powder and prime them. They run huge cranes to assemble the big guns. And they load, clean, and fire everything from Garand rifles and Tommy guns to the big railroad guns. A group of the girls riding the range in a jeep pass a huge stack of 16 inch shells. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 06-06-1942.

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1942(?) Army & Signal Corps Book on eBay

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This 35 page book looks interesting. It’s a reprint, but may be an old reprint.

“From a cache of WWII military jeep and motorcycle parts hidden away many years. A number of books and manuals were included.This is a 35 page Photo book produced in 1942 for introduction to the troops of the 1/4 ton 4×4 vehicle Reconnaissance later known as the Jeep. It’s filled with photographs and details for the use of the jeep vehicle. The book measures 8 1/2″ x 11′.with 35 pages, it’s listed as used, as I don’t know it’s actual history so listed as a reprint, great original period photographs and jeep details.”

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