Jeeps and barn find projects

Military Vehicle Market

Nigel Hay’s round up of the military vehicle market

Chris Muys sitting on top of an older M48 Patton tank
LEX SCHMIDT

Karl Probst and the many who worked on the design of the Willys and Ford Jeeps 80 years ago would never have imagined they were creating an automotive icon.

An entire industry dedicated to the World War Two Jeep shows no sign of abating.

We have seen a couple of businesses try to make replica Jeeps using modern 4x4 drivelines and engines – thankfully that idea seems to have fizzled out.

It is possible, though, to buy a complete range of modern manufactured parts and components. So, in the not-too-distant future, are we going to see anyone offering a completely assembled and running Jeep, made of reproduction parts and ready for the road?

Is there a demand for it and would buyers pay a price approaching £50,000?

I hope not as it would diminish the real Jeep. Meanwhile back in the real Jeep world we have seen some more good project Jeeps arrive for sale at £9,500 to £12,000. With rising prices of restored wartime Jeeps, these are a viable option.

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