Classic Willys Jeep heads to Monaco auction

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The Jeep Willys is one of the most iconic vehicles of the Second World War, embodying simple mechanics and rugged dependability.

During the war, the Jeep was built by Ford Motor Company and also Willys-Overland in Toledo, Ohio.

Now, one particular Jeep Willys is hitting the market, going to auction at a RM Sotheby's auction in Monaco on May 14.

This Jeep was built in 1942 under a British contract in Toledo. It still has its original paint and interior, though the cloth seats do have signs of wear and tear. Given its age, this is entirely respectable.

It also comes with a completely original engine, a four-cylinder unit powering through a three-speed manual transmission. Driving all four wheels, the Jeep Willys will still be capable off road, just as it was back in the 1940's. The engine produces just enough power to get the little Jeep up to speed – around 60bhp.

Classic Willys Jeep heads to Monaco auction

Classic Willys Jeep heads to Monaco auction


A complete folding fabric roof comes with the car, as well as a spare wheel and jerry can.

It is reported by RM Sotheby's that the car does need some restoration, making it the perfect opportunity for a true enthusiast to get the Jeep back up to full working order. It comes with an estimation of between £11,860 and £14,000, with no reserve.

With summer on the horizon, this could be the ideal warm weather runabout for military collectors and Jeep enthusiasts alike. With a high demand for these vehicles, it's almost certain the Willys Jeep will go well over its estimation.