Motorcycles Galore

Military Vehicle Market

Nigel Hay’s round-up of the military vehicle market

I get the impression that wartime Jeep prices have dropped a little in the last six weeks, and we are currently not seeing Willys MB or GPWs asking over the £30,000 mark. We had a 1941 Willys MA from a New Zealand-based collector and a 1941 Ford GP at €75,000. All we needed was a BRC Bantam too for the full set of pre-production Jeeps. These do not generally appeal to the mainstream collector and originality is key in this niche market. They always command higher prices, as they are rarer than the standard MB and GPWs. But parts are harder to get – the right Holley carburettor can cost thousands and there is little compatibility with later versions.

Our cheapest this month was a mere £2,500 for an incomplete replica of a Willys Nuffield Airborne Jeep. Built around a modified MB chassis, the bodywork was well done but it needs an engine and gearbox.

A price of £6,500 was asked for an unfinished GPW project in bits, an ideal entry-level vehicle. For double the price at £13,500 came a running project that, with a bit of money thrown at it, would make a viable Jeep without a full restoration.

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