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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Willys MA Photos on eBay

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Several other photos are included with these two Willys MA photos.

“From a lot of 29th Inf Regt photos I’ve selected a small group showing highlights from the motor pool. Of particular interest are the two shots of the early Willys MA jeep. You can just barely make out the unit stencil on the front bumper. I’ve included shots of a couple Dodges with better unit markings – all vehicles are parked in front of same garage (Ft. Benning?) Period photos of the MA jeep are not all that common. All images have same back mark and are all 3.25″ x 4.5″.”

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Willys MA Oroville, CA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: The auction reached $39,100, but the reserve was not met. Was on eBay

“For sale is a 1940 Willys MA prototype military jeep. It is my understanding that there was only 1,500 of these jeeps built and offered to the Army. This body style was never used again. I have learned that there are only around 30 of these jeeps left in existence. I have also been told by another MA jeep owner that this might be the only almost complete, running, original unrestored MA jeep in the world with visible WWII numbers on the hood. I feel that this jeep should never be restored or there will be no originals left. I don’t want to mislead you: the seats, bumper and gas tank are professionally reproduced duplicates. The gas tank was done by John Geesink from New Zealand. And the grill & seats were done by Jimmy Strauss in California.

This jeep was bought by my father almost 50 years ago. It was always kept inside. There is no rust problem. Has all 5 original wheels. The rebuilt original MA tranny needs to be installed. I have the shifting column. The windshield is off a Willys WWII slatgrill jeep. Motor is original. Radiator is not original. I have an extra MA head, extra bell housing, other top bow parts and machine gun strap footman loops (they are longer to allow for wider strap to secure machine gun to rear of jeep on both sides.) Jeep is not totally original, but close. It has wrong steering bell crank. Needs 2 notched axles, proper radiator, carburator, air filter, fuel filter, horn, back seat. What you see is what you get. As seen in pictures, the jeep has very little rust or damage to hat channels and body underneath. Forgot to mention: the rear wheel wells behind both seats, as seen in pictures hae been cut to allow seat to go back further. When my dad bought it, it had a bench seat in it.

I have mentioned that this jeep is a running jeep. Tires are no good and carburator may or may not need to be rebuilt before trying to start this jeep. Other than that, the new gas tank needs to be hooked up, a battery put in it and it should run, just like it did 50 years ago, when I watched my father shut it off and park it in the garage. Hope you get as much enjoyment from this jeep as we have. It is time for Dad to retire. Long live the Willys jeep!”

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Create Your own Ford GP Postcard at $1.15 per card

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This is a do-it-yourself Ford GP postcard at Zazzle.com. It appears you can print just one card, or print more and get some discounts.

Clck here to learn more at Zazzle.

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1944 & 1945 Champion Spark Plug Canadian Ads on eBay

Here are two different Canadian Champion Spark Plug ads that include jeeps.  The first one looks Ford GPish.

“ORIGINAL STUNNING 1945 WWII ARMY SOLDIERS CHAMPION SPARK PLUG AD CANADA WILLYS JEEP ARMY. Magazine ad, measures 5″ x 6″ approx, in very good condition.”

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“ORIGINAL 1944 CHAMPION SPARK PLUGS MOTOR AD CANADA JEEP ARMY RATION COUPON GASOLINE. Magazine ad, measures 5″ x 2″ approx, in very good condition.”

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Ford GP Wild Ride Photograph on eBay

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This is a great shot.

“This is an “ORIGINAL PERIOD GLOSSY PHOTO BY ACME” of THE BABY BLITZ BUGGY IS A FORD-BUILT BANTAM FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE GP JEEP WITH THE FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION AT FT. BLISS TEX., photo date – 1941. The condition is very good and measures 7″ x 9″. (SORRY BUT ANY PINKISH HAZE REFLECTION THAT YOU SEE IN MY PHOTOS ARE FROM THE TRANSPARENCY WITH MY LOGO ON IT AND “NOT IN THE PHOTO”. Payment must be within 3 days of auction ending.”

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Ford GP photo from the Library of Congress

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I ran across this photo of a Ford GP at the LIbrary of Congress.

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b09264/

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Ford GP Laying Wire from the LOC

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I spotted this Ford GP set up to lay wire (according to the caption). I’m not sure what pix “D-575” is.

“New 1/4-ton “bantam” truck being used for wire-laying during demonstration at Fort Myer, Virginia. For more complete data, see caption for pix D-575″

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b09268/

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York-Hoover All Terrain Prototype

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UPDATE:  I posted this article back in 2010.  It’s been a few years, so I wondered if anyone newer to eWillys knows anything about the York-Hoovers?

A few days ago I was searching and came across a reference to the York-Hoover prototype. I’d never heard of the York-Hoover All-Terrain Prototype, but according to the YorkBlog, such a vehicle existed and could be viewed at the York County Heritage Trust’s Agricultural and Industrial Museum in Pennsylvania. So, I contacted the museum and received a response from the curator notifying me a few years ago the vehicle had been moved to the Motts Military Museum in Columbus, Ohio.  I tried contacting Motts, but had no success.

Anyone familiar with this story or the vehicle?

According to yorkblog.com, “Before World War II, the York-Hoover Body Co. produced a prototype for a military vehicle that could navigate all types of terrain. The company then successfully completed orders for 69 more vehicles.

But, alas, York-Hoover turned down another order for 4,500 sturdy vehicles because it had pledged its resources elsewhere. Future work on the Jeep, with the York-made design and minor modifications, went to Willys Co. and the Ford Motor Co.”

 
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Camp Rucker w/ BRC-60 Postcard on eBay

Here’s a postcard with a Bantam BRC-60 on the front.

“EARLY WW II COLORFUL POST CARD SHOWING VARIOUS ACTIVITIES AT CAMP RUCKER, ALABAMA.. BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MILTARY BASE DEVELOPMENT APPEARS ON REVERSE. POST CARD IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.”

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“Phantom Automobiles” Fort Devens, MA, Postcard

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These looks mostly like Ford GPs, but the base of the windshield looks a little low.

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Bantam BRC-40 in Service

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I found some Australian pictures at “The Brigade” that included three Bantam BRC-40 photos. There is a Ford GP photo as well.  See all  the vintage pictures here: http://thebrigade.thechive.com/2011/05/30/the-jeep-worked-hard-in-wwii-33-photos/

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Bantam BRC-60ish Postcard on eBay

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Is this postcard based on art by any particular artist that anyone recognizes?

“BLACK AND WHITE PRINTED ERA POSTCARD
Published by Artway Cards.
CONDITION: Some corner wear. Upper right corner more severely damaged and lightly crumpled. Thin postcard stock. Postally unused.”

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1941 Ford GP **SOLD**

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UPDATE: I received confirmation that this was sold and is in a restorer’s possession.

Scott spotted this at Ford GP #9512 at the corvette forum.  We suspect it sold, but no one at the forum has confirmed it.

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August 1941 The Ford Dealer News Issue on eBay

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The August 1941 issue of The Ford Dealer News includes this image of a Ford Pygmy. There are a variety of articles and other photos also.

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MA Jeeps Book from Wings and Wheels

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Roberto forwarded a link about a book published by Wings and Wheels out of the Czech Republic called “MA Jeeps in Detail”.  It looks like a good book.  496 Czech Korunas is approx $25 US.

Learn more about the book here: http://wwpbooks.com/product.php?id_product=223

You can find more jeep books here:   http://wwpbooks.com/search.php?tag=Jeep

 
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The Blitz Buggy by Joseph W. Frazer

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As promised, I’ve scanned and posted a 1943.  I have updated the earlier post with the scans.

I received the June 19, 1943, issue of Liberty Magazine today.  The magazine was published in Toronto, Canada from 1924 – 1950.  My issue includes an article written by Willys Overland’s President at the time Joseph W. Frazer  and titled “The Amazing Blitz Buggy”.

Having read the article, I’m still surprised he claimed the official name of the vehicle was “General Purpose Car”.  You can see that claim in the highlighted portion of the article.  That explain why the term “General Purpose” has been used in numerous historical descriptions about the jeep.

Click on the images below to get larger, readable versions of each page.

 
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Bantam BRC-40 Camp Polk postcard on eBay

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Here’s a nice shot of a Bantam BRC-40 at Camp Polk, LA, Circa 1942.  The caption reads, “Meet the Jeep – The U.S. Army Blitzbuggy — Camp Polk, LA.

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Photograph with a Couple Willys MAs

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Pictured here are a couple Willys MAs.  I spotted the pictured at http://med-dept.com/testimonies/harold_okeefe.php

 
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Smithsonian Museum Bantam Postcard

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UPDATE: This post card was for sale on eBay in 2012.

Even the Smithsonian didn’t get the ‘original jeep’ correct as evidenced by the postcard below.  To their credit, this Bantam BRC-60 just might be the next best thing.  I compare all three Bantams here.

For comparision, here’s another good shot of a BRC-60:

And this is the original Bantam BRC — Jeep #1.  The round fenders and scalloped side are two of the biggest differences:

 
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Postcard with a Bantam BRC-60 on eBay

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The jeep on the far right has a grille that looks like a BRC-60 to me.  In the foreground is a jeep that looks like a BRC-40.

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The Four Wheel Steer Bantam in Pop Mechanics

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I spotted this brief note about the four-wheel-steer Bantam BRC-40 on page 167 of the May 1946 issue of Popular Mechanics.  Why it appeared five years after it was built seems a little strange.  I can’t imagine the army keeping this model top secret for any reason.  Maybe they needed some filler for the issue?

Here is a link to the Google page that shows the whole article

 
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Willys MA Postcard from Camp Picket on eBay

This is rare.

” Vintage Postcard Jeep in Action Camp Pickett Va , PC is used Postmarked Camp PIckett 1943 Free”

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1941 Ford GP at Photobucket

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I ran across these images of ‘swedeherbie’s’ 1941 Ford GP project.  He has posted over one hundred pictures.

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Ford GP Model in Box on eBay

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Here’s a neat old Model.

“U.S.ARMY FORD GP 1/4 TON JEEP W/FIGURES MINT IN BOX RARE 1/32 KIT-MAX”

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Ford GP Grille Poughkeepsie, NY eBay

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Here’s a rare grille.

“From a recent find of parts hidden away many years, This is a used and abused original front grille from a Ford GP as pictured. It’s used, it’s been repainted many times. His minor dings, see photos, will clean up for a beautiful front grille.”

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