GPW 8727

Feb, 1942 - GPW1 thru end of first contract, April, 1942 - GPW15000 NO EBAY or COMMERCIAL SALES.
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GPW 8727

Post by Randylover » Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:05 pm

Hi all. I thought I’d contribute to the long thread to say I’ve just bought my Ford GPW with 4 digit serial number 8727, as stamped on chassis with original glove box plates and DoD 03-19-42. Fairly complete and original, albeit rusty condition. Tons of f marked parts, flat top grill. It’s got an early (must be one of the first?) Ford chassis rather than the MB type one. I am looking forward to starting the restoration. It is now back in on Europe... in the UK.

I was told that WW2 Jeeps were not taken back to the US after the war. Is this true? I cannot understand why there are so many WW2 Willys and GPWs are still being exported from the US if they were never sent back after the war is this US true. Cheers in advance for any info provided.


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Post by kmccarthy16 » Tue Nov 03, 2020 12:01 pm

Congrats on your purchase, my Jeep was made just a couple hours before your.

DOD 3-19-42
SN 8053

Made in the Dearborn plant
1942 Ford GPW
DOD 3-19-42
SN 8053

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Post by gpwmke » Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:43 am

Good luck on your restoration.

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Post by conrod6 » Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:00 am

If you haven't already found out - the jeeps over in Europe had served under fire and many were damaged .The French (and other European Nations) took ownership after a deal with the US. Many Jeeps served then through until the 1970's with many being built up from parts in places like Malternee (France - who built their own under licence - the M201).They were mostly used up and scrapped. In the US Jeeps were sold to Veterans and Farmers and eventually lay on remote farms worn out and unloved - until relatively recent years. The trade of Jeeps leaving the US to go to Europe is because of the price difference and demand in Europe. One day this trade may go into reverse who knows?

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