Willys jeep australia




Willys jeep australia

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    Willys jeep australia

    Willys jeep australia

    While ticking all the above boxes the original Jeep of 75 years ago also became a motoring style icon, its familiar grille and angled wheel arches still a staple of the Jeep brand today. I am looking for any WW2 Jeeps for sale. Windscreen frame no glass from an early jeep. It'd be hard to argue too strongly against either.

    Willys jeep australia

    Willys jeep australia

    Willys jeep australia

    Willys jeep australia

    Willys jeep australia

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    One constant for any set during World War II was the military Jeep, normally with our hero behind the wheel. What leading man could resist boosting his idol status by being seen in one? There are few vehicles through history quite as iconic - or cool - as the original Jeep or Willys MB to give it the proper name and this year the marque celebrates 75 years since the first was created.

    As part of Jeep's celebration to honour the milestone, I was given the opportunity to sample one of the originals, a Willys MB, in the South Australian outback. Dream cars come in many guises, and while exotic Italian supercars and historical race cars are obvious fantasy drives, the experience of piloting such a wartime and silver screen legend was impossible to pass up. Our '42 Willys boasted impressive single-family ownership since , with current custodian being Bronte Hooper from the quiet town of Orroroo in rural South Australia.

    Willys jeep australia

    His great grandfather bought the vehicle as a farm hack all those decades ago, with family stories recalling Bronte's grandmother learning how to drive in the old war hero. Australia used about 15, Willys MBs during wartime efforts and they were sold off at auctions after the war. What happened between its auctioning off by the army in and its purchase is unknown, but Bronte said it has remained in the family since that time, with his grandfather telling him stories of going spotlighting for foxes in it using a Villiers-powered aircraft generator to power the spotlight.

    The Willys had led a rough rural life and was quite dilapidated by the time the family retired it to a shed, where it remained until Bronte decided to resurrect the family heirloom as a Year 10 school project.

    Willys jeep australia

    Why can't all school projects be this cool? It is no polished "too perfect" example, rather a genuine looking and very tidy Willys MB with its fair share of body panels a tad dinged in places. Most importantly, it has the same chassis, engine and body number as when it was produced and imported to Australia. And doesn't it look fabulous in such a setting? Complete with painted white military numbers on its bonnet, axe and shovel mounted to the body's side, Jerry can at the rear and the open-top no-doored body coated in red dust it's as if it has rolled off a Hollywood set.

    It's not the hardest thing to drive either. It's a bit of a clamber in to get your behind on the flat canvas driver's seat, and your knees squeeze under the giant thin metal steering wheel. The dashboard layout is so simple with minimal switches and gauges, while there's no modern nonsense like carpeting or padding, just plenty of green-painted bare metal. Flick a dash switch, squeeze a little button behind the gear stick and give a bit of throttle and the 45kW four-cylinder roars to life.

    The gear shifter feels a bit flimsy in the hand with its long, thin stalk but the throw is quite short and it's simple to engage first gear in the less conventional these days bottom left of the gate.

    Willys jeep australia

    There's synchromesh on all but first gear so there's no gear graunching as you move into second and then third with no fuss at all. It actually feels like it gets up to speed at decent pace, but this isn't unusual for anything when the driver is this exposed to the elements.

    Even so, with Nm of torque the 4x4 Willys has impressive pull; its torquey engine one of the main reasons Willys Overland scored the contract to build these wartime legends.

    1943 Willy's MB Jeep - Walk Around



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