Registration: KXS 704
Chassis number: 444168
Date of manufacture: May 1945
Despite the 1946 date mentioned in the title; this car, chassis number 444168 is in fact a May 1945 Willys MB. A past clerical error, shown as far back as a 1968 Louisiana registration document, has meant that the car has at some stage been registered as a 1.1.1946 vehicle. This error has unfortunately been carried onto the V5c document issued upon import and registration in the UK. Fortunately an archive of Jeep chassis numbers shows that numbers 438546 – 445351 were manufactured in May 1945 and an attached letter from the Fiat/Chrysler homologation department further proves that this car is in their records as such.
A restored and ready to enjoy example of the iconic wartime ‘Jeep’. This particular car appears to have been imported in 2016 in need of restoration. This was carried out and the registration, KXS 704, was assigned in March 2019 and the car has seen very little use since, showing just 120 miles on the likely reset odometer. The car starts without issue and a brief outing had it bouncing happily down our lane, not far off the war beaten tracks it may have driven along in period!
KXS comes with detachable roof and sidescreens, all in excellent condition and all wheels including the spare are fitted with new unused tyres. The hood frame and rear bench seat both fold and away and stash correctly and the rear mounted jerry can is also present. The windscreen also folds down and secures correctly. A modern Pioneer radio unit is hidden away in the glove box and the antenna fitted at the rear is used to operate this.
A rare opportunity to acquire a wartime example of this iconic car with a wealth of uses, be it on display at shows, re enacting or top down motoring in the Summer!