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1942 MB Salt Lake City, UT eBay


Dan shared this Slat MB for auction on eBay. This is a remanufactured jeep, completed by the Moore Corporation (data plate on dash).

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“The Willys Slat Grille jeep was produced only for several years 1941,1942 at the very beginning of WWII. There are many distinguishing differences between the Slat Grill and the MB which followed in production, the main one being the different looking “Slat Grill”, and the letters “WILLYS” stamped in the tailgate on the left side under the gas tank. There are many other differences which separate this early model and the MB which followed. Very few of the Slat grills have survived to today.

This jeep is one of a large collection of early Willys jeeps which was put into storage 50 years ago.
it was running and drivable when stored, however it has not been started for many years.

This jeep is unrestored and completely original. It has its original body which is solid with no rust or dents. It has the original 6 volt electrical system, 4 cylinder (4-134 L head) engine, 3 speed trans, and 4×4 high-low transfer case. It has it’s original sand tan paint and combat wheels. There’s only 19709 miles on the odometer. This one was delivered 1/20/1942.”

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1942 MB Slat Grille Hickory, NC For Trade Only


Seller only wants to trade.

“1942 Willys MB slat grill project, early model with no glove box, has postwar engine (turns) , t84 transmission that shifts freely. Frame Looks to be pretty good minus the usual gussets and rear crossmember. Body tub is rough but repairable using new floor pans and a rear panel. Front clip is restorable. Slat grill is pretty nice. Came from Georgia so no title as they didn’t title older vehicles. Has four excellent combat wheels that can or can’t be included depending on deal. I’m looking to trade for a restorable m151a2 jeep , lots of work needed is ok but need a restorable candidate . May also consider a complete m274 mule but mainly looking for m151a2”

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MB Slatgrille? Maquoketa, IA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** for $14,100.

Bill shared this one. The seller claims to not know what this model is, but it has a slat grille and lacks a glove box. It does not have the squared off gas tank. Currently, it’s sitting at $12,100.

“Not a Jeep expert. Found a Ford. So this one goes. Excellent runner. Well maintained. A few small oil leaks. Newly rebuild WW2 transmission. Not sure whatS original and what isn’t. So you will need to ask questions. If your looking for a good runner for re enacting or just cruising around town. This is the Jeep for you.”





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1941 MB East Aurora, NY $14,000


Could be worth a look.

“Good body, needs some minor work but solid frame. Title in hand. Make an offer.”

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1942 Slat Grille MB Napa, CA $14,500


Runs and drives.

“1942 Willy’s slat grill jeep. DOD of Jan 1942. Runs drives and ready to go back to the glory that she deserves. Have original data plates and frame tag. $14,500 obo. Has title and can help with international shipping. Reply to this email with a phone number.”

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1942 Slat Grille and Other Parts Sikeston, MO $4000


Seller has a Slat Grille and some tubs for sale.


“Item 1. I have for sale a February 1942 Willys Slatgril jeep. The frame is rusted through. It has no title. It does have both axles, drive shafts, hood, grill, left fender, windshield, tub, frame, springs, torque reaction spring, three gauges(gas gauge, oil pressure, amp gauge), speedometer, glove box door with data plates and brass windshield latches. This jeep is rough, but very rare and very restore-able. Frame and glove box door tag match 122025 on data plate and frame.
Item 2. In this sale also is a pair of original ford ww2 axles 3075 and 4025(front and rear) from anther 1942 gpw.
Item 3.There is also a 1943 willys M B tub with good frame.
Item 4.The third tub also in this sale is a willys mb tub that has been stripped and ready to repair.

I would trade this for a Ramsey PTO Model 50 winch complete setup.”

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1943? Slat Grille MB Logan, UT $8500


This looks to be a no-glove box body, so it might be an early slat grille MB. If so this won’t last long at this price. It may have a civvy engine (at least the head). If might also be a reconditioned jeep, as there is a small data plate on the dash.

“1943 Army Jeep very good condition for its age. Original early 1940s Willy’s Jeep. Mechanically it is very solid. Engine, transmission, transfer case, and high/low range, wheel hubs all work as they are supposed to. I drive this jeep around every now and then to just keep things moving. 6v original system works well. Lights and everything work as well. Call or text. If I don’t answer leave me a voicemail and I’ll get back to you. In southern Utah but make frequent trips to Logan Utah and might be able to deliver.”

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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 **SOLD**


UPDATE: **Status Unknown** was $24,999.

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 **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $12,000.

“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 **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $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 **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $12,000.

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

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

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 **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $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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