I didn’t start out to have an ambulance theme today, but here we go. This jeep was part of the New Zealand medical services in the MIddle East during WWII. I can’t remember seeing a rear modified in that manner.
I’m not sure where this was taken, but it is so rare to find one of these jeep ambulances still around. If I have ever listed on for sale, I don’t remember it.
Here’s an interesting stretcher setup from WWII Europe. This was taken by Holbrook Bradley for the Baltimore Sun. You can see more of his photos here:
I stumbled upon the National Archives of Canada the other day, discovering a variety of WWII Jeep images related to Canadian forces. Here are a few ambulance shots:
1943 in Italy: A jeep ambulance of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps (R.C.A.M.C.) bringing in two wounded Canadian soldiers on the Moro River front south of San Leonardo di Ortona, Italy, 10 December 1943.
This is the first one of these I’ve run across.
“Your buying a M-718 Ambulance with a bill of sale. vehicle starts, runs, drives well but needs some brake work. It will need the usual undercarraige kit. Correct canvas top and right rear curtain are N.O.S. Missing left right curtain. Call with questions at 216-213-5513 My name is Al Perko”
UPDATE: **Status Unknown** was on eBay
This is very interesting. The rear on this seems similar to the rear extension on yesterday’s lead Colorado jeep. The seller believes this is an ambulance. I searched for an example of CJ-2A ambulance, but have yet to find any images that verifies one was built (though I’ve seen other extended CJ-2As). It seems more like a utility rig to me, especially given what appear to be utility racks above. I also believe the lack of a siren (or spot on the roof where one was mounted), also suggests it wasn’t an ambulance. None-the-less, the starting bid of $650 is a good price and it would be an interesting rig to restore. The seller provides a great, detailed review of this.
“I have never seen another jeep exactly like this. Its pretty rare. It is a left hand drive (so, its clearly not a postal jeep), its a flat fender, 4 wheel drive Willys jeep with an extended body and ambulance racks. (I do have a similar Swedish Jeep included in the photos for reference.) It needs restoration.
The metal tub is extended 24” and looks to be all original work from the time of manufacturing, it is well done and very unique. The extension is aft of the rear wheels as pictured.
The most amazing aspect of this jeep is the aircraft style aluminum top (“Tin Top”, if you will). The top has what I am told are stretcher ‘stays”. We were told this is an ambulance, and by all appearances, it would function as an ambulance. The top itself is original to the jeep and done professionally, its solid and riveted to perfection.
The top has functioning aluminum side storage doors and rear body aluminum storage doors that open and lock (as pictured). The top interior has metal caged storage areas, all are sturdy and have been in place about 60 years, holding up to the test of time!
The lower body is steel with age appropriate and reparable rust, but has been in California for many years and much of it is surface rust. The floor board rust and a couple other rust areas will need more elbow grease and restoration than other areas and is more than surface rust. You have to ask me questions on this and look at the photos as some of the rust will need actual rust repair. I want you to know the needs of this project so that you are happy with your purchase.
The front grill is temporarily attached for engine replacement, it will need to be bolted back in properly.
The original tail gate is in tact and functioning.
The original tilt-out windshield frame is there, minus the glass (you guys know how easy this is to get replaced).
All original gauges are there (no broken glass!)
All original latches (windshield, seat, etc.) are present
Original drivers seat is present and functioning (needs restore)
Passengers seat present (original?)
Original gas tank
Original shifter levers
Original 4×4 transfer case
Original Two Piece Hood
Original Steering Wheel
Original Steering Gear
Original aluminum “sun visor” (over windshield area)
Military Style Pintle hitch mount in rear
Tow Bar attached to the front
Has 5 on 5.5 Jeep lugs will need new tires, but rolls freely as is
Will need new brakes, original brake cylinder is in place
Mechanical: The axles, transfer case and transmission are all in the jeep. Both driveshafts have been removed, but the original rear driveshaft and also, 1/2 of the front driveshaft are both included in a large box of parts that go with the Jeep. You guys know you can get these driveshafts with ease.
The engine is not installed but is included as well. It was removed for restoration (so that part of the job is already done!). It will need obvious restoration, but is not clearly not seized as the crank is out of the block. If I were to complete the project, I’d give it an acid bath and re-assemble. You will have to purchase a single rod and piston (which is available at “Border Parts” in San Diego), plus purchase the correct fly wheel (there is a fly wheel, but it does not appear to be correct), everything else is present including motor mounts and the head (as pictured). The engine is what I was told to be the original engine. It is a Willys flat head 4, has an original 1958 job tag riveted to the block (see pictures).
The attached engine job tag shows 2 cylinders, 1 rod and one main bearing was replaced in 1958 (again, see the pictures of the metal riveted on job tag).
The camshaft and valves are still in the block. Also included are 3 rod and piston assemblies, the crankshaft, main bearing blocks, side valve cover, manifold, exhaust, oil pan, head, etc.
We can not know the actual mileage as the paint has faded.
At some point in the past, a pipe vise was added to the front bumper, it can easily be removed. Also, barely visible below the driver’s windshield is a red stenciled ” FIVE STAR GENERAL” . No, I don’t believe it was a real 5-star general, just a guy who was very happy with his unique jeep.
This Jeep is sold with a bill of sale only, it is a collectible and will need to be restored before going on the road, however, both VIN tags are attached as photographed, this will be an easy registration (and NO smog required :).”
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $995.
“I purchased this over 2 years ago with the intentions of restoring it. I have purchased many additional parts but have not had that much time to work on it. The boro had asked us to remove it from the property back in September due to one of our wonderful neighbors. We need to sell soon. I did get it to turn over. This is a great solid Jeep with very little rust for someone who has time to work on it. We had it posted in the Fall for $1750 but now brought the price down. The price is firm. I have posted many items on here with great success. We are looking to sell this quick. Not looking forward to selling it but in the future when I have more time I will look into purchasing another vehicle to restore. Need to be removed from our property by end of March. ”
This is an edited version of an ad for a Holden-modified ambulance for sale in 2010 (or maybe it wasn’t a Holden?). Now it contains some information on Holden-Modified Jeeps.
This video shows a Holden at Iwo Jima:
Here are some photos of a Holden modified jeep that was for sale in 2010.