Original U.S. WWII 1945 Ford GPW Jeep & Accessories- Fully Restored

Item Description

Original Item: Only one available. As seen on episode three of our television series FAMILY GUNS currently airing on the National Geographic Channel. This is an original WW2 Ford GPW (General Purpose Willy’s) Jeep. The serial number is GPW264919 and was delivered to the U.S. Government on 4-16-45 (April 16th, 1945). It has been restored top to bottom, runs perfectly, and is 95% comprised of original parts. It has clear title, is currently registered in the state of New Jersey as an antique, runs beautifully and is simply a pleasure to both own and drive.

This Jeep was originally discovered in Oklahoma and had been used (barely) as a hunting vehicle. The tub and majority of the parts had little to no rust and are WWII era and still bear the original Ford F scripts. Hanson Mechanical conducted the restoration- engine has 120 compression on all four cylinders, drive train showed little to no wear when inspected and re-assembled. Brakes, brakelines, fuel lines, oil lines and wiring harness were all replaced with the best available. The entire Jeep was dismantled, stripped to bare metal, repaired where needed, painted and re-assembled. Not a single inch of this Jeep was left unrestored or neglected. We even converted it back to the original 6-volt electrical system!

All canvas is new and was supplied from the best producer in the world; Beachwood Canvas. Yes, it even comes complete with the correct canvas top for cold or wet days.

Additional accessories include-

• A non-firing original WWII .30cal 191A4 Browning machine gun with 100-round ammunition feed box and belt of inert.30-06 ammunition.
• M25 pedestal mount with correct fork head cradle.
• Original U.S. WWII Full Size Infantry Shovel
• Original U.S. WWII Full Size Infantry Axe
• Original U.S. 1940’s Era Fyr Fyghter Fire Extinguisher mounted under driver side dash.
• Original U.S. WWII Gas Can Dated 1940
• Garand/Thompson Rifle rack on inside of windshield.

We wanted to base this Jeep on one from history so we named the Jeep Raratonga after one used on D-Day by Captain Maisel of the 8th Inf. Regt 4th Div. He was a company commander on D-Day (silver star) then made the 3rd Bn. S-3 officer (between June 7 - June 22nd) when he was seriously wounded and sent home. One of his men, after the captain’s return to the USA, did a sketch and sent it as a V-mail, see image of the V-mail in the photos. Capt F.C Maisel, Jr grew up in Maryland horse country and the favorite racehorse of his childhood was known as Raratonga.

There may be other WWII Jeeps on the market but not many that are featured in a Television series, run as well, have as many authentic vintage parts without Bondo, multiple wartime accessories, a correct 1919A4 mounted on an M25 mount, or that borrow from the historically accurate legend of Raratonga.

Purchase price is ex Gillette, New Jersey, USA warehouse, please call for a freight quote.

See the entire restoration of this jeep in photos here:

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