Originality vs. eyeball appeal… a never-ending battle
1945 Ford GPW
- 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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• 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
Well-equipped 4-wheel-drive trucks from major manufacturers have been among the best selling vehicles in the U.S. for decades, but this hasn’t always been the case. There was a time when if GM wanted to sell a go-anywhere utility, they had to turn to an outside supplier to make it a reality.
In 1942, NAPCO, the Read More
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.)
• Genuine military Command Car as used by
General Patton World War II
• Complete frame-off rebuild
• Engine, transmission, and drive gears have been
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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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
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
Editor’s note: This month, we’ve asked B. Mitchell Carlson to take a look at three C6 Corvettes that recently sold—and pick what he believes was the best deal. Here are the cars:
2007 Z06 coupe, Lot S53, sold for $42,400, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum St. Charles
Chassis number: 1G1YY26E775107370
This example was used as the pace car for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Endurance Race in 2001, according to the owner. The car features an aluminum 5.7-liter LS1 V8 that puts out 350 horsepower. Finished in the Read More