1944 Willys Jeep

Lot Number: 110

1944 Willys Jeep

Wartime Willys Jeep with a fully reconditioned original engine and a remarkable movie career (Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, Pennyworth and more).

  • Sold for: £22,500

LIVE AUCTION: This lot was auctioned on Saturday 11th November, 2023 at 10.00am GMT at NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT

  • Body Colour

    BODY COLOUR
    Olive Drab

  • Drive

    DRIVE
    LHD

  • Registration Number

    REG NUMBER
    ESU 623

  • Odometer Reading

    ODOMETER READING
    25975 Miles

SUMMARY

Wartime Willys Jeep with a fully reconditioned original engine and a remarkable movie career (Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, Pennyworth and more).

DESCRIPTION

Although forever associated with Willys-Overland, the original Jeep military vehicle was developed by American Bantam, formerly American Austin. Designed to meet the US Army's requirement for a rugged, go-anywhere, four-wheel drive vehicle capable of surviving on the barest minimum of unskilled maintenance, Bantam's prototype was up and running by 1940, meeting the Army's requirements apart from the engine, which was deemed insufficiently powerful. The Pentagon, though, doubted Bantam's ability to meet the military's post-Pearl Harbour demands, so the major contracts went to Willys and the Ford Motor Company, which would be responsible for the Jeep's trademark slotted radiator grille. Willys made various modifications to take advantage of a revised maximum weight requirement, which meant it was able to use its relatively heavy but adequately powerful 'Go Devil' engine.

It was in this revised form that the Jeep would enter volume production. Willys-Overland's final production version was the Model MB, Ford's being designated the Model GPW. Produced by the million, the ubiquitous Jeep saw service in every theatre of WWII, and continued in military service with armies worldwide for several decades thereafter. Today, the Jeep remains highly sought after by discerning military vehicle enthusiasts.

First registered in the UK in 1977, this splendid 1944 Willys is on offer from TLO Film Services, suppliers of action vehicles to the film and television industry since 1962. It was purchased by them from reputable Jeep specialists, Dallas Auto Parts near Newbury, in January 1996 and we understand has three former registered keepers. With a large number of unusual vehicles to look after, they have their own team of engineers/mechanics and have access to a number of marque specialists. ESU 623 was subject to a full rebuild of its original engine in late February 2023 by World War 2 Jeeps at a cost of £4,970 and will be fully serviced prior to the auction.

According to TLO's records, this particular vehicle has appeared in numerous productions including Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, Pennyworth, and others. Jeeps of all designations are an integral part of the British Summer, whizzing around from county shows to military parades to classic car days at the local pub, and are always appreciated and regarded as rather 'cool', however this well-presented Willys with remarkable movie provenance is fairly well up there on the 'street credibility' scale.

Sensibly guided given its provenance, come along to the NEC, jump in and see how it feels.

SPECIFICATION

Lot Number
110
Make
WILLYS
Model
JEEP
Registration Number
ESU 623
MOT Expiry
Exempt
Chassis Number
41088
Engine Number
17184
Transmission
Manual
Body Colour
Olive Drab

CONSIGNOR

Consignor

For further information regarding this lot please contact Richard.

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Due to venue restrictions, all vehicles must be collected on Monday 13th November between 9am and 2pm.

Any vehicles not collected by this time will be transported to a secure storage facility in Northampton, the charges for which are £175 plus VAT for removal and £10 plus VAT per day for storage. We will make contact on Sunday to confirm how you will be removing your vehicle(s). If we do not hear back from you by 5pm on Sunday evening, we will arrange collection with EM Rogers on your behalf.

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