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1941? MB? Slat? Gilbert, AZ $12,990

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, MB • TAGS: .

The body is civilian. The grille is slat. The rest seems to be a variety of parts.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/cto/d/gilbert-1941-willys-jeepextremely-rare/7282924522.html

“Extreme rare and you may be one of the last to own this amazing critical part of America history
.. not to many left in this good of shape trust free and running..
Make me good ..
All decent offer will be looked at..”

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1942 MB Slat Grille Johnson City, TX **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6500.

Travis has this Slat Grille for sale.

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“Located near San Antonio, Texas, 78264. Cash, Paypal or Venmo ONLY. Up for grabs is a 1942 Willys MB, serial #117397, DoD of 2/6/42. Only 25,808 slat grilles produced, unknown number of survivors. Very solid restoration candidate, great historical value.

Cons:
– No title
– Incorrect post-war CJ engine (seized)

Pros:
– Excellent original chassis with no rust through
– Very minimal body rust (hat channels/floor board)
– Original T84 transmission
– Original Dana 27 full floating rear axle
– Still has soft-top bows for canvas roof
– All 3 body data plates intact
– Both original seat frames in great shape”

 
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Undated Slat Grille Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Here’s a 7″x9″ photo that includes a Slat Grille MB.

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“WWI
Army
Willys Jeep
Springfield Rifle
Photo #1
Size: 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
Condition: Good condition”

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1942 Tobe Deutschmann Ad w/ Slat Grille MBs on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features • TAGS: .

A whole ‘flock’ of Slat Grilles flying over a battle field.

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“What It Is
A wonderful original magazine ad from 1942 for
Tobe Deutschmann Corp. Filterettes and Capacitors – Canton, Massachusetts
wonderfully illustrated by Walter Richards
Those Jeep Riders have an ear cocked for radio instructions.

Specifications
Ad is about 7.5 x 11 inches
Condition Note
It’s rather difficult to get the color and the contrast of the original in a scan AND preserve any flaws, which tend to get muted, so this text will describe flaws, if any.”

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Globemaster Airplanes and Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

No year listed on this press photo that shows a slat grille MB being loaded into a Globemaster. The photo appears to have been ordered on July 2nd, 1947, but that’s likely not the date of the photo. My attempt to find the photo in a newspaper failed, but I did find a few other photos of jeeps and the Douglas C-74 Globemaster.

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“This is an original press photo. Military – Jeep – Globemaster aircraftPhoto measures 10.25 x 8inches. Photo is dated –NONE.”

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In the summer of 1946, a Globemaster was loaded with 15 jeeps. A few photos of the event made the newspapers. This first one appears to have an illustrated jeep on the elevator:

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CREDIT: June 22, 1946, in The Sentinel out of Carlisle, Pennsylvania

This photo shows a broader look at the lineup of jeeps.

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CREDIT: June 23, 1946, in the Quad City Times out of Davenport, Iowa.

This article in the September 06, 1945, issue of the Daily News out of Los Angeles introduces the world to the new Globemaster. The bottom image shows two jeeps loaded next to one another.

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1941 MB Slat Grille Hamburg, NY $14,000

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: .

The front floors appear to have some patches. Needs a battery at the very least.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2912015075751577/

“1941 Willis MB Military “B” or what became the “jeep” The MA was the prototype this is the redesigned MB pre-war late 1941 production note the distinctive welded slat grill. After 1942 this was changed to a stamped grill. Newer seats, brakes are free, replaced the fuel tank, fuel pump. Turns over but needs a battery.”

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1941 MB Slat Grille Aurora, OH **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $14,000.

Tom shared this early Slat MB.

“1941 Willys MB Army Jeep / Runs Good / No Rust / Rare Early ’41 with the Slat Grille”

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1942 MB Salt Lake City, UT **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: .

UPDATE **SOLD** on eBay for $19,600.

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 **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was For Trade.

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**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: .

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

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: , , .

Could be worth a look.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/758075494946697/

“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

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: .

Runs and drives.

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/d/napa-1942-willys-slat/7039628697.html

“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

• CATEGORIES: MB, Parts • TAGS: .

Seller has a Slat Grille and some tubs for sale.

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/pts/d/sikeston-willys-b-slatgril-jeep-parts/7032043226.html

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“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

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: , .

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.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/551103595639066/

“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**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: , , .

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

• CATEGORIES: Parts • TAGS: .

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?

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/atq/d/toughkenamon-1940s-willys-jeep-tub/6913100249.html

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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**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: .

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**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: .

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**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: .

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**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: .

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**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: .

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

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

https://missoula.craigslist.org/cto/d/ww2-jeep-missoula-5500/6626521179.html

“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

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A • TAGS: .

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”

https://goldcountry.craigslist.org/cto/d/1951-willys-jeep-restomod/6490413487.html

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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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