1945 Ford GPW vs 1944 Willys MB

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Originality vs. eyeball appeal… a never-ending battle

1945 Ford GPW

VIN: GPW247613

  • Real military Jeep
  • Frame-off restoration by noted military Jeep restorer
  • Classic, timeless style and looks
  • Very capable both off-road and on

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better example than this 1945 Ford military Jeep. Yes, this is a military version and not a civilian converted to military specs. It received a complete frame-off restoration by a renowned specialist of Army Jeeps.

1944 Willys MB

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1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS 454 LS6

• Totally restored to original factory specifications

• Restored by Jen-Jacs Restoration in Savannah, GA

• Original rebuilt LS6 454/450-hp engine

• M22 close-ratio 4-speed transmission

• 4.10 Positraction rear axle

• Rare factory-correct Tuxedo Black exterior

• Black bench seat interior

• Original partial build sheet found during restoration

1952 Ford F-1 Pickup

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This Ford pickup has had a frame-off restoration that is reported to be “factory original” with a new interior and “perfect” headliner and chrome throughout. The vehicle has new hubcaps. The engine has a glass bowl Holley carburetor.

(Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America by RM.)

1953 Studebaker 2R5 Pickup

Chassis Number: R612356

An almost perfect rotisserie restoration — absolutely everything has been replaced on this truck and was done by a Studebaker expert to assure that it was complete and historically correct (only exception is the added seat belts).

Receipts and documentation exist for every step taken, including the fl at six motor, 3-speed transmission and rear axle, which have all been completely rebuilt. All itemized receipts and all documentation comes with the truck.

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1964 Chevrolet K20 Pickup

Today we have endless choices among pickup trucks, and the luxurious options give away nothing to their car counterparts. This is a recent development. The Silverados and Lariats of the 1980s ushered in luxury features to the emerging everyday truck driving community.

In the 1960s, a pickup was still a utility vehicle. Trucks were sparse and used hard. Perhaps the ones that had the toughest life of all were four-wheel drive models. Four-wheel drive was an unusual option for a Read More

Saying goodbye to the last auto plant in Minnesota

Editor’s note: B. Mitchell Carlson, a key contributor to American Car Collector, sent us this heartfelt note about the closure of Ford’s Twin Cities Assembly Plant. The world is forever changing all around us, but some changes are much harder than others.

We saw it coming during the last three years, but it is still difficult to realize that the last auto assembly plant in Minnesota closed on December 16.

The last Read More