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1941 MB Slat Grille Auburn, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD**. Was $20,000.

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I Inherited this jeep… I know quite a bit about these but not everything by any means. The Prev
owner owned it since 56.

Things I know…

-Original WILLYS Slat grill jeep… with real original WILLYS SCRIPT …

VIN is 103503 – SEE Last pic of frame tag its been painted over like 50x but its readable..
Date of Delivery 12-10-41

-REBUILT MOTOR…. Sometime in the last 3 yrs or so… the jeep was gone thru….
motor has less than probably 200 miles on it.. Fires up nicely and purs nice too..
I wasn’t there when it was done of course but I know it has that few miles on it b/c
soon after … he got sick and couldn’t use it anymore. And it shows b/c it all looks brand
new.. it has been loved and cherished all its life since he owned it first in 1956.. it has
pretty much always been stored inside a garage… or now in my shop…. except of course when he drove it… mainly around the 8 acre property he owned and 1 time on the road I know of for sure
when I took him to dmv to help him reg it …. that was a few yrs ago…

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Early MB Tub? Toughkenamon, PA $1200


Steve spotted this tub. It looks to me to be a glovebox-less MB slat grille tub to which someone has added a funky cowl lid. Thoughts?

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“I’m honestly not sure what this is. I have been told its an uncommon 1940’s Willy’s jeep tub. condition is rough but its fixable. the serial number is broken in the middle. it says: 1—40. no shipping/deliveries. no glove box, no front fenders, no back storage doors. probably needs new floor. if more pictures are needed let me know.”

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1941 MB Morton Grove, IL $24,999


UPDATE: The seller of this jeep suggested to at least one potential buyer that for more pics and a description, the potential buyer could download a book from Shutterfly for $70. While this may or may not be a scam, I feel such a suggestion is inappropriate. Moreover, the seller refuses to be contacted by phone (text only), even though the seller contacted me by email.

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“Restored to 90% specification using original parts and other high quality reproductions. THIS IS NOT THE 1945 WILLY’S MB! The 1941 model is exceedingly rare and differs from the 1945 Jeep in more than 30 ways.

Some of the notable differences that are found on this Willy’s are: rubber steering wheel, brass framed instruments, pumpkin air filter, distinct fuel tank and filler, seat upholstery, and gears; heavy drive shaft, rectangular gearbox cover, glass fuel filter, single-piece rims, and more that are detailed in a book included with the purchase.

The vehicle is exceptionally unique and has a clean title. I accept only serious offers. TXT only, please.”

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1942 Slat MB Murrells Inlet, SC $12,000


UPDATE: My bad. The tub # was the gusset number, not the serial number. Matt indicates the tub was original to the chassis.

“I have slat grill 123271/ tub 23570 coming up for sale in the very near future. Lots of hard to find original parts. It has solid floors-poor patching in areas on the exterior. Comes with correct patch panels and crossmember. Incorrect motor with the correct trans and transfer case. Ran before being stored this fall. Was owned by a veteran who was making it a parade jeep. Comes with a full wiring harness from vintage wiring of main/canvas/ and loads of parts. I’ll be selling it to hopefully get my slat restored professionally”

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1941? MB Slat Grille Marana, AZ $5000


Has potential.

“Willys MB army jeep , slat grill minimal rust , pretty firm on price will consider partial trade for 1919 Browning or BAR , I have an early small distributer engine that goes with it . This is all American genuine steel not repo. These jeeps are getting extremely hard to find,”

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1941? Slat Grille MB Copperopolis, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000.

This might have the Hudson steering mod.

“Old jeep barn find , I don’t know much about jeeps but it says willys on the back . I think it possibly could be a Army jeep”


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1941? MB Castro Valley, CA $12,000


UPDATE: Still Available.

Lacks the correct grille and has a few minor mods.

“41 Willys M.B.,Built 12/4/41,Sr#101282.752Mi on complete rebuilt engine,runs great.
Spare block,pan,bell housing,crank,pistons,rods,clutch & pressure plate,ect.
4,16×4.50 original Split Combat Rims.
Asking $12,000 or Best offer”





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Photo of Army Pictorial Services with Willys Slat MB on eBay

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Neat photo that includes a Willys MB slat grille.

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“WWII Army Pictorial Service Soldiers Jeep Photographer Theater Press Real Photo
MEASURES: 3.5 inches by 5 in.
CONDITION: shows some wear (some staining)”

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1941? MB Missoula, MT $5500


Body has been modified on the sides. That’s one scary steering setup!

“75th anniversary of D Day is eleven months away. This 1941 Willys MB will help you celebrate it. Slat grill, triage lites , willys script on body, full floating axle rear, proper motor, trans , transfer case all proto type. Changed in Mar. 42. This is early one. Has mount for machine gun… Starts runs goes . Has way high ratios in axles. 4:88 instead of 5:38. Long legged on street. High low range works. You wouldn’t believe how well it runs. Needs lots of fun work done to bring it back to military specs. Every part I looked for was available on web.”


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1951 CJ-3A? Amador, CA $9500


UPDATE: Price dropped to $9500.

(09/29/2017) Listed as a 2A, this has an MB Slat Grille for the grille.

“Complete body off resto. Frame is awesome, boxed, crossbraced, cable clutch super easy. Manual super easy steering, chevy box. New brake master etc. custom windsheild frame, new glass, rubber. Pass seat lifts forward,underbox all new, with a layer of fiberglass coating on inside to prevent future problems. Line x tub. Body restored better than new, sealed everywhere. New paint. Did not paint hood, was going to get new one. All gauges replaced, new wiring harness. Tranny/tcase rebuilt, not sure of motor, but runs beautiful and does not smoke, purs. New frt. bumper 1/4 thick. New rear frame member. Custom built front grill. New 12v alt. All stock running gear. New gas tank, large cap. Inset taillights. This jeep is so clean and well built that its hard to let it go. I am selling to buy a 4runner, something more practical. I built this, and has been driven probably 8 times down my road in the last year. Anyway, if you buy a hood, i have the can of matching paint. I would buy a tailgate too, looks more orig. thank you. Price is firm”

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1943 Photo of Slat Grille in Italy on eBay

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Not much info on this road’s location other than Italy.

“1943 Press Photo A jeep rolls up the newly finished Italian Road. This is an original press photo. A jeep rolls up the newly finished Italian Road Photo measures 7.75 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 10-15-1943.”

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1941 MB Slattie Sacramento, CA $8500


It’s propane powered. Lots of mods.

“Slat grille 41 Willys MB, super low serial number (under 3k). 22re got propane powered engine, Toyota 5 speed and t case with crawler gears. Toyota axles with 5.29 gears, Detroit front, e locker rear with cable. 4 link 1/4 elliptical rear end, leaf front, all on a custom boxed frame. Full soft top with doors, warn winch, 2 propane tanks, lots of extras. Runs and drives but needs the lights and winch wired up, could use a tune up as well. Tons of extras, CB, stereo rubicon rack, set of beadlock wheels. Trailer included, for the right price I’ll include an 89 F250 tow rig (11k for it all). 35in old style Goodyear muds, spare is a BFG km. Will consider trading for a small RV of equivalent value of possibly an old VW bus. Registered for the street with a 41 license plate. Currently in storage, serious buyers only.”

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MB Slat Grille Delta, CO eBay


Starting bid is $680.

“You are bidding on an original slat grill for a 1941 Willys slat grille Jeep. This also includes (2) headlight brackets& 2 small Lt housing.
Brackets are out of shape ,a small stress cracks, Frozen Hinges. One Lt Housing rusted out.
Colorado Ranch Find. Light Rust, Some Original Paint here and there. One Slat is Loose.
Overall pretty decent shape – a great grill to use on your restoration.”

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Jeeps At Gov Liquidation in Cali

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, M-151, M-38A1, MB • TAGS: .

Mark Smith from Sellajeep, warjeeps, and jeep truck forward these gov jeeps for sale. All of them are good looking. See them all at this link of individually below.

  1. 1957 slightly modified DJ-3A (actually a 1956):
  2. 1953 CJ-3B
  3. 1955 M-38A1
  4. 1968 M-151A
  5. 1941 Slat Grille:

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Photo of Slat Grille Driving onto Plane on eBay

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Neat press photo that suggests this is a no-glove box slat grille.

appx size :6 1/2″ x 5 1/4″.”

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1944 Popular Mechanics Article on Target Jeeps

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This April 1944 article from Popular Mechanics explains how target jeeps work. The photo shows a slat grille MB sacrificed for the greater good.


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1941 Slat MB Dade City, FL $8000


It’s a project. Number on frame matches data tag.

“Here we have a original WW2 slat grill jeep. DOD 12/12/41. has been in storage for many years. CLEAN FLORIDA TITLE. Is very complete and will need total restoration. HAVE ORIGINAL DATA PLATES.Very low serial number 103907. There jeeps are very hard to find and after restoration demand big money.
Also with this jeep are many spares like two jeep motors, generators,starters,carbs,and a spare body, transfer case and transmission parts. Extra fenders ,hoods and windshield frames. The list goes on with smaller parts. All I have in jeep parts goes with it one money. $8000. firm. Please calls only. Local pickup or you arrange shipping.”

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1941/47 Slat Grille Tribue Jeep SC **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was 13,500.

It’s a blend of civilian and military parts.

“I have a Willys mb2a Jeep for sale. It’s a Mb slat grill body on a titled 1947 cj2a frame. The Jeep was a frame off preservation done by the previous owner. The frame was cleaned-painted etc. The body mounting brackets were relocated. All of the brakes were replaced, exhaust, engine rebuilt-painted, all new oil lines,hoses,water pump, fuel pump, filters, lines, radiator boiled out etc. It has brand new wiring and has been converted over to 12volt(maintaining 6v starter). All the lights including-headlights,gauge lights, tail lights and blackout lights work. Almost everything has been addressed. The body is a slat grill Willys script body (Bensinger) and has some original parts as well. I’m installing the tiger eye reflectors on the back and removing the stars. It has brand new Beachwood canvas seats and headlight covers. Runs and drives very well! Clean and clear title (1947 willys) model 2a. I have Reciept for engine rebuild and body(5,000) .
I’m located in myrtle beach S.c asking 13,500

Will trade for a lower mile diesel truck in good condition. Also interested in double axle car trailer.
Will be adding pictures additional pictures
can come with a bantam bt3c trailer 2solid disk wheels.”

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1942/1947 MB/CJ-2A Rossville, GA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** was  $7000.

(06/21/2016) It’s a mix of CJ/MB.

“For sale or trade willys jeep. This jeep has a brand new 1942 style body with a 1947 CJ2A chassis and running gears. Completely restored too many parts to name. The motor had $1000.00 of machine work. Transmission re-built, transfer case rebuilt. New tires new gas tank. New wiring. New shocks. New universal joints. New exhaust system. New carbuerator, all new brakes just to name a few items. Bill of sale only.

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1942 MB Slat Grille Johnston, IA $15,500


Seller lists this as both a 1941 and 1942. The serial number suggests it is a 1942.

“Rare “Slat Grill” early version Willys. Runs great. Serial No. 113037…13037th one made out of over 600,000 jeeps in WW II. Delivered January 19th, 1942. Older restoration that could be easily re-done if so desired. Equipped with SC-659 radio transmitter, .30 caliber replica machine gun, canvas top, tools, etc. Many extras including replica M-1 carbine, helmets, parts, manuals and more. Vehicle is licensed and titled. Appointments will be taken in order in which calls are received.”

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1941 MB Slat Grille Tempe, AZ **Status Unknown**


UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $8500. Leszek.

(07/31/2016) Looks like this has some body liner on the dash/glove box? Only one pic provided.

“1941 Willys MB Jeep – Slat Grille
Asking $8500 or best reasonable offer.
This was the 1st year Jeeps were ever made. Has the one year only slat grille which is very rare.
Willys made its first 25,808 MBs Jeeps with a welded flat iron “slat” radiator grille which were produced from November 18, 1941 to March 6, 1942.
Runs & drives great! Solid Body no rust. Tires like new.
This Jeep has a Buick V6 Engine.
The Buick V6 engine tooling was sold to Kaiser-Jeep in the early 60’s and they were introduced as the “Dauntless V6″ into the Jeep CJ5, CJ6 & C101 for the 1966 model year. The 225 Buick V6 was offered as an option over 4 cylinder engines in 1966-1971 CJ5 and CJ6 Jeeps.
Great for a usable driver or is a great starter vehicle for a complete restoration!!
Has a clear AZ title.”

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1941 MB Slat Grille Springville, CA $24,500


Mark just listed this at It doesn’t have the correct solid rims.

Delivery date 12/15/1941. Complete body off restoration. Completely rebuilt motor with less than 20 hours. Still 6 volt with complete new wiring. New starter and generator. Beautiful Jeep! 
Please do not text me about this Jeep. I will gladly accept phone calls.”


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1940s Slat Grilles in Pasco Parade

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Not all the doctor appointments are without value to eWillys. We recently went downtown for an ultrasound on Ann’s heart. While walking down a hall, I spotted this parade photo, taken in downtown Pasco, Washington. I’m guessing it was taken during the early 1940s, because it features a bunch of Slat Grille MBs.


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1941 Slat Grille MB Coeur d’Alene, ID **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $25,000.

I think those are correct early rims?

“Comes with all Authentic factory parts from 1941 with tons of era correct extras such as a functioning Gas powered “Ma Deuce” mounted, flags, rifle holsters, and more. Feel free to either come by and check it out or give us a call. We have a huge inventory of firearms, firearm accessories, military items, and military vehicles.”


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1941 MB Slat Grille Felton, DE **No Longer For Sale**


UPDATE: **No Longer For Sale**

“Hello I have a 1941 willys slat grill jeep I bought recently. Was going to restore but found something I wanted more to work on. No data tags but body number appears to be 3571. The motor is civilian with slat grille head. Motor turns was told ran just not well going to try and remedy that. I paid 6000 for it would like to get that back”

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