Stokie car enthusiast could pocket £30,000 selling historic 4×4

A car enthusiast from Stoke-on-Trent is about to part with his beloved historic 4×4 – and could pocket around £30,000. Lyn, who lives in the Potteries, is no stranger to the world of engine repair – and selling them too.

Now the 62-year-old, who was once the manager of Newcastle Motor Auctions, is preparing to say goodbye to her 1942 Willys Jeep. The Willys MB and Ford GPW – commonly referred to as the Willy Jeep – were the first lightweight cars to mass-produced four-wheel drive in the world.

It was an extremely successful all-terrain American utility vehicle and was produced in large numbers for states and allied forces during World War II. Lyn’s model is sold with spare parts, receipts, technical and WW2 manuals and a new black period steering wheel.

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Hansons Auctioneers, who are overseeing the sale, say the vehicle has a guide price of £25,000-£30,000. Lyn purchased the Jeep in 2015 after the vehicle had undergone a “complete restoration” by its previous owner. It also turned out to be a real headache.

Lyn said: “A man asked permission to photograph him as I loaded him up with my purchases from Tesco. He was much admired by people of all ages and walks of life. He visited the beaches of Normandy in France , attended charity events, car shows, car cruises and car meets, and it has been used for visiting family or dining out.

Lyn’s jeep

When it comes to servicing engines, Lyn, whose daily vehicle is a Ford Ranger, knows what she’s talking about. She added: “I can service cars and do most jobs. I did the suspension on a Ford Capri and changed shocks, brake pads and tyres. I passed my driving test at 17 years old and my first car was a minivan, in our family if you had a nice car you had to learn how to maintain it.

“I worked in the motor trade for almost 30 years from 1984. In 1999 I took over the management of a family business, Newcastle Motor Auctions, in Newcastle-under-Lyme. I’ve always been a woman in a man’s world.”

Lyn had been looking for such a classic Jeep for a long time before the iconic WWII 4×4 came to her. She said: “I bought the Jeep in 2015 because I had always loved them. It took me months and miles to find it. The previous owner, a carpenter by trade, had carried out a complete restoration in attic which was completed in 2009. He had previously restored two other Jeeps, this was his third and funds were needed to complete the restoration of the fourth.


“I was told that the engine had been rebuilt by a gentleman who had worked on Spitfire engines and that when rebuilt he had lightened and balanced the engine. I had no reason to doubt it due to the way it ran, the color of the oil and mainly because my husband had spent many years as an engineer rebuilding and overhauling car engines. motor vehicles.

“There was no restoration history available. We visited JEEPARTS UK LTD, based in Shrewsbury at the time, for parts and to see if they were familiar with this particular Jeep. They did it. They told us that the previous owner, who had been active in the Military Vehicle Trust, would leave the receipts behind or throw them away when leaving. However, they also confirmed that expense had not been an issue for him and that each restoration had been carefully and painstakingly completed.”

Lyn hopes whoever lands it will enjoy it as much as she does. She said: “I’ve had a lot of fun driving the Jeep for the past seven years. I only part with it because it’s time to move on to something new. I wouldn’t hesitate to turn the key, start and hit the road. I hope that its new owner will derive as much pleasure from it as I have.

In wartime, Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe during World War II, said that most senior officers considered it one of the five most essential pieces of equipment for success in Africa and Europe. Meanwhile, General George Marshall, Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the war, said the vehicle was “America’s greatest contribution to modern warfare”.

Lyn’s jeep

In 1991, the Jeep MB was designated an “International Historic Landmark of Mechanical Engineering” by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Steve Fulford, appraiser at Hansons Auctioneers, said: “The exceptional condition of this Jeep makes it a rare find. He is 80 years old and still going strong. Any buyer can rest assured that this car has been maintained by a family with immense vehicle knowledge. Lyn certainly knows her stuff when it comes to cars. Now his Willys Jeep is ready for his next trip. It would be a good investment for any collector.

It will be offered at Hansons Auctioneers fine art auction on June 30. It is available before the auction at Geoff Cox, 122 Derby Road, Denby Village, near Ripley, Derbyshire. To book an appointment or find out more, email Steve Fulford: [email protected].

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