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HG4212 Willys Jeep MB USA 20220584, Military Police, WWII

Wanting to replace their outdated light vehicles the U.S. Military received three tenders. Bantam Car Company was the initial winner but couldn’t meet demand so the job went to Willys-Overland Motors. Willys was to take the best design features of the three submitted tenders and build a standardized vehicle. Eventually in order to meet an even greater demand the Ford Motors Company was asked to build a similar vehicle. During World War II there was a total of 647,870 Jeeps produced by the three companies; Willys- Overland produced 362,841 of them.

The Military Police Corps is the law enforcement branch of the US Army and was formed on September 26 1941. The duties of the MPs vary greatly during peace time and in combat. This branch of the US Army has perhaps the most varied demands placed upon it than most others. This Jeep was assigned to the 5th Army, 101st Military Police Battalion, C Company No.1, 1945, Italy.

Specifications for WWII Jeep
Manufacturer - Willys-Overland
Crew - 1 with up to 3 others
Weight (gross) - 3,125 lb (1,417 kg)
Performance
Engine - Carburetor, liquid cooled, “Go Devil” 4 cylinder (Willys L-head), 60 hp @ 4.000 rpm, 134 cu. In. (2.200 cm3) displacement Transmission - Warner T-84J / 3-speed synchro-mesh Transfer case - Dana Spicer 18 / 2-speed Gear shifter - floor mounted
Suspension
Front axle - beam-leaf Rear axle - beam-leaf Brakes - Hydraulic Front – drum Rear – drum
Fuel
Type – gasoline Capacity - 15 US gallons (56.78 liters) Range - 375 miles (600 km) Electrical system - 6 volt, negative ground
Tires - (4) + (1) spare / 6 X 16 (non-directional)
Ground clearance - 8.75 in (22.22 cm) Fording depth Standard - 18 in (45.72 cm / .4572 m) Maximum - 21 in (53.34 cm / .5334 m)
Dimensions
Length - 132.75 in (3.371 m). Wheelbase - 80 in (2.032 m). Width - 62 in (1.5748 m). Height Top up - 69.75 in (1.77165 m). To top of steering wheel w/top down - 51.25 in (1.30175 m).