Hardtop ID help needed!

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Hardtop ID help needed!

Post by Gustl » Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:45 am

Last year I took some pics of a nice unrestored GPW with, which most likely was in service in the Austrian Army after WWII.

The hardtop does not look like bubba made, so does anybody know the manufacturer?

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Using the G search I only found one thread showing a probably similar hardtop:

http://www.g503.com/forums/viewtopic.ph ... op#p747666" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The link leads to the page of usarmygermany.com:
http://www.usarmygermany.com/Units/Mili ... 201950.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

This might be the same manufacturer.

Could anybody help to ID it? Do you know something more about it? Was ist used in the US as well?

Any info very appreciated
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Re: Hardtop ID help needed!

Post by Ben Dover » Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:49 am

Nice, I would not mind having that on my MB. It reminds me of immediate postwar occupation. It is not from US Army stock.
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Re: Hardtop ID help needed!

Post by Gustl » Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:55 am

Ben Dover wrote:Nice, I would not mind having that on my MB.
Joel:
To be honest, thats the reason why I want to learn more about it. It looks nice to me too! Very close to the hardtop displayed in Nabholtz first edition p. 20 and 22., just with the difference of using the original windshield and wider window areas.

And there is one offered locally right now, which seems to be the same mfgerer:

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Re: Hardtop ID help needed!

Post by Ben Dover » Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:55 am

The Hard Top in "NABHOLTZ" is a Willys creation and there is a bit more information on it in Coldwell's fine book, "PREPRODUCTION CIVILIAN JEEPS". I believe you will find the features on the cabs you have depicted, coincidental, and purely European origin.
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Re: Hardtop ID help needed!

Post by Gustl » Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:12 pm

Ben Dover wrote:The Jeep Body may be W.O.F.
Hmm...
Which details of the body make you think its W.O.F. origin? The Austrian Army was not known for using W.O.F. materials. :roll:
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Re: Hardtop ID help needed!

Post by Ben Dover » Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:32 pm

The lack of Half Door fasteners, but I just realized they may be hidden by the doors.
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Re: Hardtop ID help needed!

Post by Grimm » Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:47 am

I am not sure if this picture will help any, but this is a picture of my grandfather's jeep when he served in the US Army and was stationed in Austria in 1945-47. I searched online, because I was curious if I could find one similar. This forum had what I think is the closest match I could find. Again, not sure if this helps any, but I'm having a hard time finding pictures of similar jeeps with a hard top.
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Re: Hardtop ID help needed!

Post by Ben Dover » Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:36 am

The stripes indicate Postwar U.S. Constabulary, aka "Circle C Cowboys".
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Re: Hardtop ID help needed!

Post by Grimm » Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:47 am

Thanks! That will help with a bit of my research. I don't have many pictures, but it is interesting to find out what I can. Thanks again!

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Re: Hardtop ID help needed!

Post by Fernmelder » Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:53 pm

This may help you, as it did me. I like to give credit where it is due rather than recounting information previously given by someone then recanted with someone else's own spin on its originality. G member maurywhurt posted this back in 2009. It gives a wonderful documentary of the Daimler Benz program begun in 1945-6 for the rehabilitation of US military vehicles under US contract to be used and distributed among the allied nations:

viewtopic.php?f=85&t=147492&hilit=esslingen

Perhaps it will help you get close to your ID interest - but you indeed have a jeep salad, IMO

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