1945 Ford GPW vs 1944 Willys MB

Courtesy of Bonhams

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

VIN: 280026

  • Discovered in its original crate about 30 years ago
  • Never restored
  • Nicely presented in classic olive drab
  • Rich with character, ample in capability

Discovered by a military vehicle collector a bit over 30 years ago still crated, this mostly unused and never abused Jeep is all-Toledo, OH-built. Save for a repaint done shortly after it was discovered, it is 100% original. Complete with the usual shovel and ax for when things really get down to business, this Jeep exudes more character than even the nicest restored examples ever could.