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I really enjoyed your January 2019 article on the 1945 Willys Jeep MB once owned by Steve McQueen. MBs are rare in South Africa as they were not used by the South African Army except later in the war in Italy where a few were used but later returned to the British Army. I owned one which I bought in 1967. It had been used by the US Diplomatic Corps in Cape Town. It was only after the war, in 1948, that the Union Defence Force bought nearly 300 CJ2As. This is because the Willys agents in South Africa since 1924 began importing them in late 1945. One of the founding members of the South African Jeep Club, Eugen Nick, who has sadly since passed away, twice took his MB which he bought from me and his GPA to Normandy. I’ve included a picture of Eugen (alongside) at the wheel of the MB at an Old Trucks meeting held on the Umfolosi River in KwaZulu-Natal. He drove the vehicle 600km to get there. The second picture (below) shows the vehicle as he bought it from me with a CJ2A gearbox and front axle. He put it back to original.

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