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UPDATE: A reader named Lindsay was kind enough to provide an update to this story:
Lindsay writes, “An interesting note about the article with the mayor that purchased the GP in 1944. That vehicle was tracked down by Ken Hake years ago and restored several years later. The 3 smaller photo’s at the bottom bottom right is a photo of Bergs Jeep parts in Chicago note the first one is a Bantam BRC 40 the one in the front of that is a very early “round nose” BRC of which only one still exists and belongs to the Smithsonian. This proves that round nose BRC’s were released and sold to the public. I sure would like to find one of those in a barn.”
I got a new book yesterday. Within a couple pages of reading I learned something new: the military started selling jeeps to civilians in 1944. By all accounts, Mayor Heine, of Lucas Kansas, and his family were the very first purchasers of a Military jeep for civilian use. After some diligent research, I manage to track down the original Life Article and the related images from the January 4, 1944, issue of Life Magazine (page 24 & 27). I bet they wished the jeep came with a top and a heater!
Larry Smith wrote:... Ken kindly loaned me the set of Life prints for me to copy in my darkroom, and also the top bow brackets and chains to photograph. Somewhere in my archives, I have a bunch of photos I took of it in 1974. By the way, Berg bought it out of Fort Knox, KY.....
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