Bantam Car Company won the initial contract to provide a light motor vehicle. In 1941 the
Military wanted to standardize so one manufacturer was selected, Willys-Overland mostly
because of its “Go Devil” engine the troops raved about. The Willys Jeep had a
designation of MB, M (Military) B (second vehicle design). Eventually Willys couldn’t keep
up so Ford was contracted to produce an almost identical vehicle, the GPW. During
World War II there was a total of 647,870 Jeeps produced by three manufacturers; Willys-
Overland produced 362,841 of them. Approximately 51,000 were exported to the USSR.

In 1944 and 1945 the 82nd Airborne developed its own standardized armor kit for its recon
jeeps. They steel plates on the sides to protect the driver and the front passenger as well
as a steel windshield with a slot cut in it so the driver could peek out to see where he was
driving if he had to duck below the plates. They also added a sloping plate in front of the
grill to protect the radiator and engine. There were many official attempts to add armor to
the Jeep but the extra weight overloaded the vehicle.

Specifications for WWII Jeep

Manufacturer – Willys-Overland
Crew – 1 with up to 3 others

Weight (gross): 3,125 lb   (1,417 kg)

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

Front axle - beam-leaf
Rear axle - beam-leaf

Front – drum
Rear - drum

Brakes – Hydraulic

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)

Length - 132.75 in   (3.371 m).
Wheelbase - 80 in   (2.032 m).
Width - 62 in   (1.5748 m).
Top up - 69.75 in   (1.77165 m).
To top of steering wheel w/top down - 51.25 in   (1.30175 m)
Hobby Master 1/48 Ground Power Series
U.S. Jeep Willy M.B.  w/armour shields
WWII Europe, 1944
True 1/48 scale.

Professionally painted.

Great attention to detail.

All markings are Tampoed (pad applied).

Rubber wheels.

Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic.

Highly collectable.
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