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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 $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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1942 MB Slat Grille Dallas, TX **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $15,000.

It’s a project.

“I have two slate grill Jeep Willys MB for sale
Need restoration but complete some detail part missing, new tires.
Engine run and everything work.I sale those Jeep because I am moving back to Europe
The price is for the 2 Jeep”

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1942 MB Slat Grille Denver, CO **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $9500.

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!

Title matches the frame and tub. I have the original data plates. in 1961 my uncle did an engine swap to a Buick V6. The willys still has the original trans, transfer, front and rear diff, radiator. I do have a complete period correct 134 engine that is included. This is a rust free example

This jeep has been in our family and stored inside since the 50’s.
My Grandfather was a POW in WWII”

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1942 Photo of Cavalry Jeeps & Horses on eBay

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That’s trading in the old for the new.

“Original Press Photo. 1942- 107th Cavalry adopts steel steeds. Troops of the converted 107th Mechanized Regiment at Fort Ord stop to visit horses as they pass by enroute to maneuvers. Photo measures approx.  7″ x 9″”

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1941 Slat Grille Video

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Mark Smith’s son Tom just completed this great documentary about a 1941 Slat Grille. George Baxter narrates the video.  The jeep is for sale.

Go inside Army Jeep Parts, Inc. and uncover a nearly perfect restoration of one of the oldest Willys Jeeps in existence. Delivered Christmas Eve of 1941 (not long after the attack on Pearl Harbor) this World War II Slat Grille marks the start of production of the American legend we all know and love.
THIS JEEP IS FOR SALE. Own a piece of American history by contacting:

For more on George Baxter and Army Jeep Parts, Inc., visit:

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1942 MB Slat Grille Alvin, TX Make Offer


It’s a project.

“I recently bought this WWII 1942 serial number 112111, Willys slat grille Jeep to restore. But, after I realized the rarity of this model and everyone has been wanting to buy it from me, I decided to offer it up for TRADE only. What I really want is a late WWII Ford built GPW Jeep that is in far better condition or much farther along in a restoration. I’m not interested in trading for anything other than a FORD made Jeep that is in BETTER condition than this far more desirable slat grill Jeep that I have. I’m NOT going to sell the Jeep, only trade it for a GPW.

This Willys MB has no title, is not running, but the engine is not locked. The engine and transmission are from a later civilian Jeep. There is rust in the body but not terrible. It appears that the body had been sandblasted at some point and then someone patched the floors and bondoed over dents. Over all, this Jeep is in far better condition than most of the unrestored Jeeps I’ve found.”

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1941 MB Slat Grille Levittown, PA $44,000


Looks like lots of work was put into this Slat Grille.

“Willys Slat Grille DOD 12-24-41 National Show Winner! A rare opportunity to buy a true blue chip grade WWII Jeep! Slat Grill WWII jeeps are considered by many collectors to be one of the most desirable & valuable of all war time jeeps. This particular jeep was delivered on Christmas Eve, which is quite cool by itself. Slat Grilles are known for their long list of early characteristics. These parts are quite rare and demand big money when sold. This jeep has all those items correctly done. The list includes: NOS A/C air cleaner, solid wheels with Good Year tires, gas & amp gauge, early thin needle speedo, early round exhaust, early type radiator, hinged filterette box, zippered bottom seat cushions, early type T-84, early Ross steering box, scalloped rear axle shafts, split back seat frames, two hinge tool box doors, early type hood, early type intake manifold, early type rivet oil pan, early type leaf springs (fronts are NOS), early pedal pads and arms, early type battery tray, Purolator oil filter, early generator, & small dip stick, Willard Optima battery, etc… This jeep would be very hard to duplicate today and the cost would easily exceed $75K. If you have additional question please call.”


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1942 Photos of Floating MB Slat Grille on eBay

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That first pic is particularly neat.

“1942- Pair of press photos showing U.S. troops moving a jeep across river by wrapping the lower part in waterproof canvas and “poling” it through the water. Photos measure approx. 7″ x 9″ ”

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Unique Front Clip for M-38A1 — A Slat Grille

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Paul spotted this unique slat grille M-38A1 at an Alaska outdoor car show. I think it is pretty well done.

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Military Jeeps on the SS Jeremiah O’Brien

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Paul Barry from Willys America and his wife Jane discovered these two jeeps on the SS Jeremiah O’Brien. Moored at Pier 45 in San Francisco, it’s the last unaltered Liberty Ship from WWII. These days it operates as a living museum teaching tourists. You can learn more at the SS Jeremiah O’Brien website.

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