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1942 MB Slat Grille Denver, CO $5500


Runs and drives.

VIN# 113422
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

I am FIRM on my price.”

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1942 MB Slat Grille Surrey, BC, Canada eBay


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”

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1941 Slat Grille MB Santa Rosa, CA $25,000


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.”

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1942 Slat MB Susquehanna, PA eBay


It’s rough.

” I am selling Willys Slat Grill Febuary 1942 116992.
Located in North East Pennsylvania
Needs restoration
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”

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1942 Slat Grille MB Mesa, CO **Status Unknown**


UPDATE:  **Status Unknown** 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.”

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1941 MB Slat Grille Virginia Beach, VA **Status Unknown**


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!
Serial: 107791
DOD: 12-30-1941

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1942 Slat Grille MB/GPW Lakeway, TX **SOLD**


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.”

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1941 Slat Grille MB Santa Rosa, CA **Status Unknown**


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.”




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World War II Envelope on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: .

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.”


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1946 Jantzen ad with Willy MB Slat Grille on eBay

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

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 ”

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1942 GPW Jasper, AL $5500


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.”

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1941 MB Slatgrille Napa County, CA $8950


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
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1941 MB Americus, GA $2000


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″

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1941 MB Slat Grille Jamestown, CA **Status Unknown**


UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was listed at $8000.

It looks like there is plenty of work on this MB.

“restorable 1941 jeep, has original motor tranny transfer case very restorable. all data plates and body numbers frame number and original military hood numbers. the frame is good never been hacked good dash no cuts, runs and drives.”



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1942 Slat Grille Columbus, WI eBay


I like the name “Mud Whistle”.

“This is a WW2 MB Willys slat grill jeep.  My brother and I bought this in 2008 and have diligently researched and restored it to be an incredibly accurate WW2 British Airborne jeeps.  Specifically it is equipped and dressed as a support jeep for the 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron.
It is difficult to recall  what all we have done to properly dress this jeep but I will give it a shot.
Battery Boxes and racks attached to each wing (fender)
marker lights moved to the wings
Spare tire moved to custom built mount on front grill
Tire support made and mounted between bumper supports
Front bumper replaced with shortened and reenforced airborne bumper
bumper fitted with custom pick carrier and pick!
bumper fitted with towing connector
ammo rack made and fitted to bonnet
rifle clips made and attached to wind screen (wind shield)
clips for sten made and fitted to cowel
Bren or rifle clips fitted to right step and fender
gerry can holders and special mods fitted to floor
steering wheel made removable to fit under the strut of Horsa glider.  This is a complex and special mod to the Scheller steering wheel
horn button relocated to steering column using special custom bracket
tow bar custom made and attached to rear
Includes original NOS British bridging plate with either “6″ as was common in 1Recce or “3/2″  your choice!
Original British trailer plug is installed
Original British convoy light and switch installed- rear dif painted white to refect light.
ALL MODS made and installed per original instructions and made from original plans

includes bows and top
includes pick and spare tire

5 brand new military tires from Coker
5 brand new repro combat rims
brand new rebuilt starter

Currently has XL driver seat installed. If buyer choices we can swap and original MB drivers seat.
T-80 Transmission runs and shifts perfectly
Horn and rear lights need wired in.”

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