Jeeps when first sold to civilians

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Jeeps when first sold to civilians

Post by Billl » Sun Jul 07, 2024 1:03 pm

I'm a freelance writer. I write for World at War, Military Trader, and other magazines. Does anyone have printed materials / scans related to when military vehicles were first sold to civilians after the war? This would help me finish my article. Looking for registration of buyer paperwork, approvals of registration, advertising, but especially bill of sale.... anything related.
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Post by pgcf » Sun Jul 07, 2024 1:12 pm

Try this link. Happy writing.

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Post by YLG80 » Mon Jul 08, 2024 1:37 am

Billl wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 07, 2024 1:03 pm
I'm a freelance writer. I write for World at War, Military Trader, and other magazines. Does anyone have printed materials / scans related to when military vehicles were first sold to civilians after the war? This would help me finish my article. Looking for registration of buyer paperwork, approvals of registration, advertising, but especially bill of sale.... anything related.
Hello Bill,
I have sent you an email regarding the War Assets sales.
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Re: Jeeps when first sold to civilians

Post by Wolfman » Tue Jul 09, 2024 5:23 am

Don't know if you would be interested in factual stories but this follows the post topic.
GPW 964, the jeep I restored, came from a farmer in Alabama.
It was purchased from the farmers grandson.
According to the grandson, his grandfather (RIP) was a WWII vet.
A Gov. program at the time was selling surplus jeeps to returning veterans.
All the Vet needed to do was take their discharge papers to one of the surplus depots (this depot was in Nashville, Tn.) and they could buy a jeep for a $1.00. Which is what grandpa did.
Grandpa used it on his farm until it broke down and then parked it out behind the barn, which is where it was found several years later.
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Post by YLG80 » Tue Jul 09, 2024 6:46 am

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Re: Jeeps when first sold to civilians

Post by dpcd67 » Tue Jul 09, 2024 7:06 am

Jeeps for one dollar fall into the same category as the $50 ones, new in the crate..
I hear stories like this all the time when I take my jeeps out into public. My Uncle's brother's cousin in law was set to get one like this in 1956, but he had to buy 5 of them so the deal fell through. And so on.
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Post by Ernie Baals » Tue Jul 09, 2024 8:33 am

My dad bought a 1943 GPW in spring of 1946,
ou had to be a veteran to get a permit to buy one
They were lined up like a used car lot with prices on the windshields
He paid $458. a friend of his bought a 1 1/2 ton Chevy dump truck for $1150.
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Re: Jeeps when first sold to civilians

Post by dpcd67 » Tue Jul 09, 2024 2:58 pm

Which is $7700 in today's dollars. Not give aways like all the urban legends and rumors still extant. I literally just got asked today how much surplus jeeps cost in 1946; the guy, a neighbor, even referencing the $50 jeep in a crate ads from magazines in the 50s and 60s. I explained it to him.
I was giving him a ride and let him drive my M606.
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Post by Ernie Baals » Tue Jul 09, 2024 3:51 pm

I am sure a few got out at really cheap prices,
Stuff happens at auctions all the time
i got lucky and scored a $35 WWII ammunition cart once.
But that is the exception, not the rule
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Post by Wolfman » Wed Jul 10, 2024 4:30 am

Got to admit, a jeep for a $1.00 sounds pretty far fetched, but it is what I was told.
The purchase was not made from a magazine or an auction. Did not have E-Bay back then. 8)
The purchaser had to be a returning military veteran, with an Honorable Discharge. Papers in hand and had to be picked up in person, at the military depot. 1 jeep to a Vet.
The jeeps were removed from service. Not in crates.
I am here and now and that was a long time ago.
If I was there then, I doubt I would be here now.
I will take the present and that is the story, as I was told.
A dollar was worth a lot more back then. It has been on a slide ever since.
The Popular Mechanics, jeeps in a crate came later.
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Re: Jeeps when first sold to civilians

Post by dpcd67 » Wed Jul 10, 2024 6:34 am

One dollar in 1946 was $16.85 now. A CJ2A base price in 1946 was $1200.
Why would the US Govt sell jeeps for a dollar one place and $486 and up, another?
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Re: Jeeps when first sold to civilians

Post by Wolfman » Thu Jul 11, 2024 6:36 am

:D Your a veteran.
If you figure out the Gov. & the military logic, let me know.
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Re: Jeeps when first sold to civilians

Post by dpcd67 » Thu Jul 11, 2024 6:46 am

Yes I once had an office on RIA, working for TACOM, bldg 108, which overlooked the DRMO yard. They had M151s lined up by the hundreds there. The winning bidder had to remove the drive trains and they would run over the body (151s have no frame), with a bulldozer.
Even those, did not sell for one dollar.
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Re: Jeeps when first sold to civilians

Post by Wolfman » Thu Jul 11, 2024 6:58 am

I'm thinking (Scary!)
At the end of WWII there was a large inventory of well used jeeps that needed to be disposed of.
These jeeps were not sold to vendors at this price.
The military was trying to help returning vets first. Did I mention Scary?
M-151s.
These were determined to be unstable and dangerous.
Lawyers were getting into the picture by this time.
Who is responsible ?
Destroy them and sell the scrape by the pound.
? That would still be more than a dollar. 8)
I think we ended up back at the logic question.
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Re: Jeeps when first sold to civilians

Post by dpcd67 » Thu Jul 11, 2024 7:09 am

Skeptical at all the cheap jeep stories from after WW2. There are still documents showing sales of them for far more than a dollar.
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