AN AIRFIELD JEEP

Robert U’Ren of Willys Jeep UK shares the story of a neglected Jeep with a bit of history

The old Willys Jeep at its current home – the former World War Two airfield

I found an interesting barn-find Jeep for sale while browsing Facebook marketplace. James Burrough, who is marketing the vehicle, has kindly allowed me to share this interesting story.

This Jeep was purchased in the early 1970s by the current owner. The back of the Jeep’s body had already been chopped off. The World War Two airfield shown in the background of the pictures is owned by the National Trust. The hangars and control tower are part of the estate which the Jeep owner’s family have farmed since before the war. They took on the airfield when the Ministry of Defence had finished with it. The Jeep was used as a farm pickup, mainly for shooting purposes. It appears to have a Daihatsu rear wheel and tyre on one corner, but there is a full complement of the split rims included in the sale – although two have old tractor tread tyres which were fitted to enhance the grip in and out of an old quarry.

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