Maury spotted this ad showing a famous shot of a slat grille charging over a hill.
It doesn’t run, but this slat grille is already at $7200.
“1942 Willys MB Slat Grill Jeep. Serial no. 111847. Date of delivery is unknown as the main data plate is missing. Recently purchased from the estate of a long time collector and was found in San Antonio, TX 25 years ago. Jeep is not running and has not run in many years. Engine turns over freely and jeep rolls easily. No obvious cracks in the usual places on the engine. The engine serial no. is S38361. It is an original chain drive WWII engine and has a Ford GPW head and water outlet. Probably replaced by the Army. Engine has all the early Willys manifolds, orig WO carb. etc. The body has rust on both front quarter panels and there is a patch in the passenger floor board. There is little to no rust in the rear tool boxes.
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500.
Runs and drives.
USA # 2046114 S
The first 25,808 Willys MBs used a welded steel grille very similar to the Ford GP design, and there were a host of other differences from the later Willys. These early MBs had “Willys” embossed in the back panel. In production, the slat-grilles were given running changes until they finally evolved into the standard stamped-grille MB we know and love. Around 200 slat-grilles are estimated to survive today.
I have restored 5 combat wheels with new NDT tires
-2 gallons of correct olive drab green
-complete NEW seat canvas
-stencil kit with correct USA #
-Runs and Drives great!
This jeep has been in our family and stored inside since the 50’s.
My Grandfather was a POW in WWII”
This one is worth a look. Lots of eyeballs watching this auction.
“I am relisting this Jeep with a Buy it Now instead of a reserve. There are 2 original Solid Rims and the original Axe holder which are now pictured and included in the sale. No Axe. Also I will ship the Jeep world wide. Cost to Europe is about $2500 For US buyers I can bring it into Washington State and you can take it from there. For all the on off I have dropped the price slightly also..
This is Willys MB120181… Original 1942 Slat Grill. The jeep is in excellent condition. Runs and drive perfectly. All Gauges and electrical work perfectly.
Motor is strong and runs as it should. Starts up all the time with no hesitation or problems. No Smoke ever. Rest of the drivetrain is perfect.
The body is totally rust free. The data plates are original and the chasis number matches the number plate on the left side frame bumper extension.
It was a full off body restoration. The engine was completely rebuilt and drivetrain also. The rear seat was not restored as it is the original seat and canvas from 1942
Will ship to US or Canada. Vehicle is fully registered and is in Surrey B.C. Vehicle can be FOB out of Bellingham, WA. Reputable shipper/broker is Wayne Darby 604 816 5477. Please feel free to ask any questions
This is not a reproduction tub on this Jeep.. It was built/restored before tubs were available. I did confirm this with the past owner.. Panels and metal were used to repair any rust etc then”
I wonder who “Pat” was and whether she was impressed with the jeep’s name? Looks like the photo was taken in December of 1943.
“Orginal WW2 pictures of soldiers posing in their Jeep French Morroco”
UPDATE: Still Available
(07/31/2014) Parade ready!
“1941 Willy’s “Slat Grill”.
DOD December 4th 1941.
Older restoration that was hardly ever driven. Only 875 miles since it’s restoration.
New paint is pretty much all it needed.
Runs and drives and stops very well.
All canvas in good shape.
Titled and currently on a “NON-OP” status.
We will deliver it anywhere in California and put basic markings on it with a full price offer.”
” I am selling Willys Slat Grill Febuary 1942 116992.
Located in North East Pennsylvania
Has Gas Gauge!
needs the others or they are incorrect
New complete brake system a few years ago.
Bad t84 Trans
Has Nice GPW Motor
Has Rebuilt carb by Army Jeep Parts
Motor was put in a few years ago and jeep has sat .
Health issues force sale.
Rear Panel has whole in it from fuel tank and is red from a fire dept.
Comes with New replacement rear Panel
No air filter or most other candy
With Correct title
No Data Tags
Sold AS IS”
Nice photo of slat grille MBs toting Russian troops.
Great photo of Russians headed to the front on April 11, 1943.
UPDATE: **Sold** Was $4000.
“I have an unrestored 1942 Military Early Flat grill Willy’s (MB) for sale. The first 25,000 MB’s had these flat steel grills. It wears a cosmetic restoration with many decent parts on the jeep and is a nice 25 footer, but is not a restored vehicle. Good original 1942 MB restorable body. Will need correct floors and other items to make a fully functional original World War Two MB. It is complete, the engine is free and looks like making it run should be not a major effort, I bought it to swap out the GPW Ford parts on it, for my GPW. I did replace with 1942 Willy’s MB parts where needed. I will provide a notarized “bill of sale”, I bought last fall and do not intend on restoring this vehicle, I have my hands full with my other jeeps and my small ranch. It is as restorable jeep, but does need TLC. I am currently eliminating many of my project cars I will never finish. I have other vehicles for sale. These are current just taken pictures, please ignore that date on the pictures.”
UPDATE: This probably sold locally. The seller ended the bidding on eBay.
Nice looking. LOTS of information.
“You are looking at a fully restored 1941 WILLYS MB slat grill Jeep in a factory class paint scheme. This Jeep is ready to drive and display – all canvas is included: Correct 6 strap canvas top and correct windshield cover as well as an original set of half doors. A toolkit is included and a few rare and original parts as well. Approx. 200 miles since restoration. This Jeep has a clear Virginia title. 2 keys are included with the Jeep.
On the very bottom of this description is a link to a large picture gallery. Make sure to check it out!
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was listed at $9500.
(12/13/2013) This is a mix of parts, but looks nice.
“This is actually a 1942 Ford GPW Jeep with a MB Willys Slat Grill and engine. Strangely enough, the original owner saw the slat grill and had it titled as a Willys, but the frame serial number is a `42 Ford. It has many “F” Script parts. I have intended to change the grill out and re-title it a Ford, but have been procrastinating on that. I bought it in 2008 and converted it to 12volt. It still needs some work, but it is a good reenacting and parade jeep, which is what I intended its use to be. Several extra parts to go with it including: new rear seat cushions, extra Jerry Can, Garand Rifle Scabbard, OD Tarp, Canvas Windshield Cover, Gussets, Manuals, etc. See the attached photos. I am asking $9,500 OBO.”
Is it just me or is that a slat grille?
This is a cool photo.
UPDATE:Was on eBay. **Status Unknown**
(12/29/2013) This no glovebox slat grille has potential.
“This Jeep is being sold as a parts jeep or a solid restoration candidate.
It is a early Willys Slat Grill jeep.
Original data plates
Serial Number 103390 on data plate
Date of is 12-11-41
Frame tag is painted over but I suggest it matches the data plate
Engine number is MB113681
I hate to see this parted out because it would make an EXCELLENT frame off restoration project.
The frame is solid, the fenders and hood are good also.
The “Willys Script “tub needs new sheet metal in many areas but is actually very straight. Previous owner cut out most of all the bad areas already.
The windshield is good but is a victim over alot of overspray, which probably saved it.
T 84 Transmission is also early type, filler on pass side. I can not verify if it is ford or willys.
Comes with four combat rims
Located in Santa Rosa, Calif
Serious bidders please consider coming to see it in person.
Buyer is responsible for all shipping arrangements.
Sold as is where is.”
The envelope is ripped, but the picture is great. It looks a lot like a slat grille.
“For sale is an envelope that would have been used for a soldier’s correspondence during World War II. It features a cartoon of a soldier driving a jeep. This item is copyright 1942 by Porto-Server of Chicago. The graphics are great; the envelopehas been torn at the end opposite the cartoon.”
This appears to be a complete jeep along with lots of good parts.
“Extremely rare early WW2 MB jeep. Comes with new correct body and all sheet metal. Many more parts not shown in photos. Two windshields etc. Located in Pahrump. Phone only, no text, email, or scammers. Chuck 775-513-6126″
Here’s a slate in some cold April weather on the “New British Columbia Highway to Alaska”.
“This is an original press photo. Photo measures 8.5 x 6.75inches. Photo is dated 04-10-1942.”
Not too many ads with a Slat Grille MB in them.
“This is an original 1946 print ad for Jantzen clothes! It measures approximately 13.25″ x 10.25″ overall, has no tears, with a light stain in the top edge; comes from a dry, high-altitude, smoke-free environment, and is strictly graded ”
Jay is selling this MB.
“I have for sale a 1942 Willys slat grill jeep. It has a GPW engine in it T84 trany. It has title and ready to be shipped any place you would like, I work with a shipping agent that can arange shipping all over world.
UPDATE: Still Available
(09/24/2013) This has an MB Slat Grille.
“1942 Ford GPW / TRAIL RIG /4X4/JEEP. This jeep has a 302 with Holley throttle body,4 speed tranny,T18 transfer, Dana 44,s front and rear with lockers,4 link rear suspension with BLUE TORCH components , FOX air shocks,36″TSL radials on TRAIL READY beadlocks , aluminum fuel cell,9000# WARN winch. You won’t see many of these on the trail. $5500.00 OBO. 205-EIGHT 3 FOUR-FOUR 2 ONE 5. CALL OR TEXT.”
Jay checked this out. He says it looks good, but there’s very little jeep here.
“1941 Willys Jeep body on a Fuller built 90 inch WB chassis, Wrangler springs front and four link and quarter elliptic springs rear. All Toyota running gear including 22RE, Toyota 5 speed trany, Marlin Crawler 4.7 transfer case. Toyota CV joint drive shafts, front and rear.Toyota cable operated locker in the rear with a trutrack in the front. Toyota power steering, cross over to Sky Manufacturing High steer arms, one ton tie rod ends. 35 12.5 15 BFG KM tires with 32 bolt beadlocks. It weighs 3040 lbs wet. 10 gallon fuel tank with a screw in cap, no leaking, like most old Jeeps. 1941 Ca license Plate The front and rear seats are covered in top material that has a 10 year guarantee in the sun. It has onboard air! Seats 4 grown ups.
It does the Rubicon with ease as well as Foredice creek. It did the Pipe Jam trail In less than an hour. With 5.29 diff. gears and 35 inch tires it is geared just like a stock Toyota Pickup. it is a little too soft to drive on the street at speed. Add one more leaf to each side of the the rear suspension and it is a great hwy runner. I have the extra leafs
408 204 2121″
Here’s a neat photo. Unfortunately the press release info isn’t included within the eBay auction.
UPDATE: Still Available. The body is newer than a ’41 and appears to have been modified a little at the tool indents. Also note the driver’s side wheel. It appears to be pushed back a little farther than normal. Thanks to Colin and Richard for spotting these issues.
This could be a slat grille. It has an early gas tank.
“up for sale is a 1941 willys mb army jeep. it has the 4cyl “go devil” engine with 3 speed transmission high and low range and of course 4wd. its all original except for the fuel tank had previously been replaced prior to purchase. also it has been converted to a 12v system. the windshield frame is included. it is bent but the glass is there. it also has a new carter carburetor. it DOES NOT RUN! We believe the valves are stuck(common problem on flat head engines) it will turn over though! asking $2000.00 OBRO. any other questions please call 12298152955″