2022 Shannons Autumn Timed Online Auction

1943 Willys Jeep (LHD)





Engine 2.2-litre four-cylinder
Gearbox Three-speed manual with transfer case
Body Work Convertible
Colour Khaki
Trim Tan
Wheels Steel
Brakes Drums


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The Jeep legend began in November 1940 in the early days of World War II, just a year before the United States entered the conflict. A small four-wheel-drive prototype, the Willys ‘Quad’, was delivered to the US Army. It featured the Willys ‘Go-Devil’ engine, developed by Delmar ‘Barney Roos. Contracts were awarded to both Willys-Overland and the Ford Motor Company to produce this quarter-ton, four-wheel-drive vehicle and by the end of the war in 1945, a total of 647,925 had been made – 359,489 by Willys and 277,896 by Ford. General George C. Marshall, US Army Chief of Staff and later Secretary of State, described the Jeep 4 X 4 as ‘America’s greatest contribution to modern warfare’. Famous report Ernie Pyle once said: ‘It did everything. It went everywhere. Was as faithful as a dog, as strong as a mule, and as agile as a goat. It constantly carried twice what it was designed for and still kept going.’