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.
This is a rough project.
“THIS IS A VERY EARLY PRODUCTION WILLYS MB. IT HAS SLAT GRILL AND REAR WILLYS SCRIPT. THE VIN IS I02095.
THIS CAME FROM A FARMERS FIELD WHERE IT HAS BEEN SITTING SINCE THE 1950’S. THE JEEP FLOOR BOARD IS VERY RUSTY BUT THE REAR IS PRETTY GOOD. THE MOTOR WAS COVERED AND HAS OIL IN IT. TRANSMISSION AND TRANSFER CASE ARE STILL IN THE JEEP. THIS WOULD BE AN EXCELLENT WILLYS TO RESTORE GIVEN IT IS SUCH AN EARLY PRODUCTION. PLEASE SEE ALL THE PICTURES WHICH INCLUDE A LOT OF PARTS. NO TITLE. WILL PROVIDE BILL OF SALE.”
Joe and his GPW attended the 24th Annual Military Vehicle Show held by the Arizona Military Vehicle Collectors Club this past weekend. It looks like he was having plenty of fun!
UPDATE: SOLD on eBay for 8628.
This is a unique jeep. It’s a Slat Grille with a Glove Box built for Britain. Read all about it below.
I’ve had a few questions on the signifcance of the BRT designation and why it is so unique.
What the BRT specifically stands for is “Britian” and it’s marked specifically on the data plate in the “mystery box” on the line that says “MAKE MODEL” “WILLYS MB” just above the Serial Number location.
The BRT marking makes this jeep specifically a British contract jeep. Produce by the Willys Factory specifically for export for the British military during the war. Exports contract negotiated happened before the US even entered the war. Making even the story of the BRT’s very interesting.
Eventually some of the British contracts request were filled with reconditioned vehicles due to American war needs. The actual number of BRT jeeps that were produced is very few and fewer survive today.
There is an excellent sections on Export jeeps specifically the BRT and specifically differences in markings and later modifications written by Peter Ferris in Lloyd White’s book “The Evolution of the Willys-Overland MB Jeep Volume 1” (chapter 8 for those of you that have the book; but if you would like to know where to get a copy of the book send me an email and I can set you in the right direction)
As noted earlier being that this slat has a glove box it is VERY rare, being that it has the BRT designation makes it even rarer. This jeep is one of the most unique, smallest production, most coveted jeeps of the war, and very deserving of a proper restoration.
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Has an MB Slat Grille.
“Thinking about selling or trading my Crawler.. It’s a 42 Ford GPW with a 302 with Holly projection and Malory coil and distributor… Motor runs perfect bad thing is Transmission is bad.. Have it out already it’s a np435 with Dana 20 case.. 4 link rear with blue torch trusses and Fox shocks.. Front is still springs Dana 44 axles locked front and spool in rear.. Has big aluminum fuel cell.. 8k pound warn winch.. 36 tsls on bead locks $4000″
Maury spotted this ad showing a famous shot of a slat grille charging over a hill.
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.
“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.”
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.
” 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 ”