The links to posts below show jeeps grouped by models, condition, and other ways. Some of these jeeps are for sale and others have been sold. If you are unsure whether a vehicle is still for sale or not, email me at d [at] ewillys.com for more info.
Importantly, the allure of buying a project jeep can be romantic. The reality of restoring a jeep can be quite different, expensive and overwhelming without the right tools and resources. So, tread carefully when purchasing a "project". If you have any concerns about buying a vintage jeep, or run across a scam, feel free to contact me for help, comments or concerns .
Straight from our Jakarta bureau comes this video about a ‘Jiffy jeep’ team that could use a little more practice. However, what they lack in speed, they make up for in enthusiasm. The event was part of the Parjo 2015. If you are up on your Indonesian language skills, then you can read the story in full.
Roberto Flores spotted a CJ-2A in the movie Flight from Ashiya. It´s a 1964 movie about the US Air Force Rescue Service with Yul Brynner, Richard Widmark, George Chakiris, Suzie Parker, Shirley Knight and Danièle Gaubert.
All 142 minutes is on Youtube. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. Roberto reports you can see the CJ-2A at 40:44 and again at 42:04.
Buz sent me a note about the Rescued Film Project Archive. The Project finds undeveloped canisters of film and works to restore them. They have an online archives. Recently, they found thirty-one rolls from WW II. A few of those rolls include jeeps (seen below).
John spotted this video. There aren’t any jeeps, but there is some off road action in 1930s Fords. A fun video to watch.
“This evocative film from the early 1930s takes the viewer on a journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats, giving them to opportunity to see all manner of Ford vehicles from that period in action. This includes Ford Populars and V8s through to trucks, tractors and even boats — all using Ford engines. We see some impressive off-road action alongside nostalgic views of the British countryside along the way.”
Colin forwarded this Antique Automobile Club of America list of old car movies, ads and other video related items. I couldn’t get it to work in the Safari browser on my Mac last night, but it worked find in Firefox.
Yesterday I noticed an FC commercial making the rounds on Facebook, one I hadn’t previously seen. It turned out to be a shortened version that Brendan from the-old-jeep has posted back in 2010. I’m sure some others out there didn’t see it either. It’s a good one that starts with a comedy routine and then shows an FC-150 & 170 hard at working towing vehicles.
Robin spotted this jeep for the jeep collector with almost everything.
“Original Item: Only One Available. The Ford GPA ‘Seep’ (Seagoing Jeep) was an amphibious version of the WWII Ford GPW Jeep. Only 12,778 were ever produced making this one of the most rare military vehicles in existence today.
This particular example was awarded the highest-level GOLD AWARD with a rating of 99.007% at the 2011 MVPA (Military Vehicle Preservation Association) National Convention in Dayton Ohio, making this the finest GPA in existence on earth.
It has been restored to 100% original factory unissued parts in exacting detail. It runs flawlessly both on land and in water and will be the focal point of any collection. The Jeep has all matching serial numbers (#22741) and was delivered to the Army on 11/4/1942. It was found, rebuilt and restored by former president of the MVPA, master restorer David Welch owner of Ramshorn Creek Restorations. It has no equal and should actually be in the Smithsonian (if they didn’t already have one, still ours is better!).
This GPA has clear title and is currently registered in the state of New Jersey as an antique. It is 100% street legal and transferable. Transportation within the continental USA is included in the purchase price. Overseas customers must contact us for a quote.”
John forwarded this video. The music seems perfect and the comments are hilarious. If I took Ann down this hill, I’d be hearing the same things. She can’t do heights. In fact, I think I’d be doing this one solo. It’s still on my list to drive.
Mark Smith was the leader of the 1978-1979 Expedicion de Las Americas, a 20,000-mile, 120 day odyssey that covered the Americas. Much of the trip was on roads, with the offloading of the the Darien Gap, the section of land between Colombia and Panama, the focus of the trip.
The narrator in the movie notes, rather dramatically and erroneously, that the Expedicion de Las Americas had only been crossed once before by the British Army. In fact, the Darien Gap had been crossed at least once before in 1960 by a group in a Landrover and a Willys truck, the story of which was published in National Geographic and clearly titled “We Drove Panama’s Darien Gap” (and to my surprise I hadn’t yet published the article on eWillys). Though Frank and Helen Schreider drove the entire length of the Americas in their SEEP, Tortuga, in 1954, one place they didn’t attempt to drive, but instead floated around, was the Darien Gap.
Fortunately for us, the trip was captured on video, so we can enjoy some of what they saw during their adventure. Vimeo currently has a twenty-seven minute video of the trip. It’s a little dated at times, but still interesting to watch:
Thanks to John for sharing this. Nope, not a jeep, but still a fun ride through San Francisco. Looks like a great car to drive. You can see there were multiple runs at most locations. So, the driver got to play a bunch.
Bob just posted Paul Berry’s keynote speech from the 2014 Spring Midwest Willys Reunion. For those that don’t know, Paul Berry operates Willys America. The presentation lasts fifty minutes and covers some of the lesser known Willys/Jeep service vehicles.