look at the other pages, parts for sale, jeeps for sale, jeeps wanted, lots of helpful info on willys jeeps to read, ring me any time including late evenings are ok with me
our farm here was taken over by the Americans for the D day preparations, the original owners didn’t want to go back so it went up for auction but didn’t sell , My grandfather purchased the farm 3 years after the Americans had moved out, in the time it had been lying empty the crops had self seeded and grown out again 3 times, My grandma found a soldiers helmet left on top the hay barn wall , she used it for bringing in the eggs , I still have it, lots of shell cases were scattered all around the getaways and a gass mask in the loft of the old farmhouse, If you have a metal detector you can still find empty shell cases in the hedgerows today, jeeps and tanks were crawling all over our farm back then , I also buy and sell the post war and hotrod modified jeeps providing they are over 40 years old I am always interested so call me if you would like to sell
Recently purchased locally to me, been barn stored for the last 30 years, unused for the last 20 of those years, currently being recomisioned with the usual things like brakes, rubber hoses, electricals etc
lovely to see them with this barn find patina
It may be a keeper for a while , may not, I havnt decided yet
I also buy jeeps at classic car auctions an d was the winning bidder for this jeep sold on the tv program Bangers and Cash , Mathewsons auctions , Also recently at the Dore and Reese classic vehicle Auction in Frome , this proves I was the highest bidder for the jeep, so please consider selling me your your jeep or notify me if you have it entered in a classic car Auction or an on line auction, Alternatively If you prefer, I can purchase direct from you , make an offer or disscuss a price with you after seing some good detailed pictures and a description or I can arange to view the vehicle at your property for an appraisal, I collect from your door and pay with cleared funds before removal, I can make a firm bid /offer to you according to the description and pictures sent so we both know where we are, Its very stress free this way and If after a quick ewxamination I decide to buy, I accept the vehicle in as seen condition with no comeback just as an auction buyer would do, This way you do save having to pay any commision or transportation costs, I like customers to do a little research on line auction sites like ebay etc, look at sold items or completed items lists to research the current prices being achieved and then they can compare this with my offer.
I have purchased over 140 jeeps from private sellers in the last 9 years and Im confident I have some good feedback out on the inmternet websites / chatrooms, I also takle on servicing and repairs to jeeps over the winter months when sales slow down a little
I love finding and fixing up old jeeps landrovers and classic cars. I am also always happy to buy back jeeps I have previousely sold , as well as good running jeeps If you have a jeep thats a non runner or been dormant for years or a restoration project or parts for sale please give me a call on 01548 521278 for a chat - I pay very good prices and buy them as seen with all faults as a trade buyer.
If I decide to view the vehicle I will only need to do a very quick 20 minute inspection or I can buy without viewing from a description and some emailed pictures .
.I make a very quick decision and payment into your account before collection of the vehicle . If you decide to accept my offer Im currently paying upto £20000 for jeeps depending on originality and condition , I am easy going laid back personality and never pressurise or hasstle people to sell
when calling me, if its my ansaphone please don’t forget to leave your contact number and a brief message .
I am a regular contributor to Classic Military Vehicle Magazine, I have been contributing articles monthly since June 2021 sharing my experience of different fixes and modifications and useful Jeep-related knowledge. I also submit interesting stories from other enthusiasts so if you have an interesting military styled vehicle or story you think people would like to read about please get in touch!
It's always nice to sell a jeep to such genuine people and great to see the youngsters so enthusiastic about it!
Sold to Coronation Street stunt co-ordinator Richard Hammatt, lovely fellow, could have talked all day.
The prices for Willys WWII and Hotchkiss M201 jeeps are increasing at an alarming rate. If your budget is less than £18,000, why not consider a post-war jeep like the M38A1? Good condition examples of these can be purchased for around half the price of the equivalent Willys MB WWII jeep.
In 2022, realistically you need to be prepared to spend £17,000 to £19,000 to buy a nice Hotchkiss and £20,000 or over for a tidy WWII example. Post war jeeps like the M38 and CJ2 etc make a great practical alternative - they are tax and MOT exempt and can sometimes be purchased for around half the price of a Willys (£10,000 for an example). These post war jeeps are more serviceable, easier to work on and also going up in value fast…
This lovely old 1943 ww2 willys mb was in a large hanger type barn down near Paris, being left next to a corn milling machine the rats had made a nest in the seats and one mumified dead rat was remaining under the back seat, the engine had been replaced with an old pergeot diesel so that will be changed for the original petrol unit but the jeep itself was in rust free condition undoubtably left over from the liberation
This found its new home nearby.
Jeeps and classic cars purchased outright , classic cars, vintage tractors, I love classic machinery.
I am happy to buy back any jeep I have previously supplied, and depending on time passed or improvements made I can often give you a complete refund or even a good profit. most jeeps I have sold since I started this business have steadily increased in value providing they are looked after and kept in the dry, I have now sold over 120 jeeps in 7 years including M38, M38A1 and CJ2a post war variants.
I do get some lovely Hotchkiss Jeeps, the values are right up with the WWII jeeps now as people are realising the advantage of the mechanical mods and the low use low mileage on these French-built post war Willys jeeps.
Nice article from Classic and Sports Car Magazine:
I just wanted to say the hugest of thank yous for all of the work that you have done on the Willys Jeep; we have just had it delivered and taken it out for an inaugural spin and it is running like an absolute dream! I was so thrilled to inherit her from my uncle albeit slightly worried that she was on her last legs from rust and engine neglect but the work that you have done has really brought her back to life, giving her many more happy years ahead pootling about the lanes of West Cornwall and bringing huge smiles to us all. Thank you!"
I am happy to pay you a good commission if you know of a jeep offered for sale privately . the commission can be negotiated before we proceed and is payable subject to a purchase. If you know of a jeep that may be for sale privately, please don't hesitate to get in touch., I am an easy going non-pressurising man of my word and have already built a good reliable reputation. Contact tel no is 01548 521278.
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Thank you all very much for all your custom and choosing to buy your jeep from me. All your jeeps have gained in value substantially over the years. Not many hobbies out there that reward you so well financially including all the other fun associated with owning a Willys jeep.
I am currently writing a book to help people be able to look after their jeeps so please send your pictures and fixes I may be able to include them in the book, if you have any problems with your jeeps don't hesitate to call me. I always try to help If you have any problems with your jeep so please don't fret, give me a call straight away if anything goes wrong.
"Hi Robert, Happy New Year to you and your family, just a couple of pictures of the jeep you sold me, I am very happy with it and have spent lots of hours getting it ready for showing this year at rallies"
I have diversified into buying and selling Willys jeeps. Due to the jeep’s simple basic mechanicals my farm workshop is well capable of any work that's needed to renovate a jeep.
7 years ago I decided I would like to own a Willys jeep. The family farm was one of many farms in this area used as a practice ground in preparation for the WWII D day landings. I purchased my first jeep in 2014 Thinking how nice it would be to have one here on the farm.
During the war years approx. 600,000 jeeps were built by Willys and Ford, they were expected to last just a few months before they were destroyed in combat. Thousands of these jeeps have survived and are still with us today 78 years on.
Every spare part is now available again, new off the shelf due to the demand by military enthusiasts and collectors all over the world who are still today finding and rebuilding these old jeeps.
There is a thriving market for all the parts. The basic, simple design of the jeep makes it an easy car to refurbish, and the small compact size enables one to fit comfortably in a standard garage, the light weight coupled with the powerful 2.2 litre engine makes them real fun cars to drive.
After the war, jeeps were sold off in batches at military auctions, Many of them had been recently reconditioned before storage, they were ideal for farm use due to their off road and towing capabilities. Many were purchased by people living in remote off-road locations, and some went to be used as breakdown trucks at garages and service stations.
21,000 jeeps that survived the war in France were later purchased for the French military together with substantial quantities of spares. By the mid-50s these jeeps were getting tired, an alternative 4wd vehicle was in the pipeline, but after experimenting with building their own version of a jeep the French military decided to start building more Willys jeeps again for their military. Once the tooling was in place This would also enable rebuilding of the existing wartime jeeps they still had.
The French military produced another 28,000 slightly modified but almost identical Willys jeeps from mid 50s to 1966 and kept many of them in service until the mid-70s. The last of these French military jeeps were sold off in military auctions as recently as 2002.
In 1944 my farm and surrounding farms and villages, were evacuated so the American military could practice for the D day liberation of France. These very fields would have been busy with foot soldiers’ lorries, jeeps and tanks. Empty shell cases and artefacts can still be found today on our farms. What better place to test a surviving wartime jeep’s capability than the very same turf they were tested on before they went to battle.
Jeeps are still being purchased today by classic car collectors and off-road enthusiasts. Their value has risen steadily throughout their existence, making them a rock-solid investment as well as being a lovely vehicle to own and look at, they are enormous fun to drive.
In the years after the war other 4wd vehicles were being designed and manufactured for civilian use with lockable doors, waterproof cabs and heaters, After people had seen what jeeps were capable of, These more civilized 4wds were irresistible and sold in great numbers.
Off road vehicle clubs sprang up all over the world and many military surplus jeeps found their way back onto the rough stuff being tested all over again. Modifications on these little jeeps were easy to do so it was nearly another decade before the Willys jeeps off road ability could be rivalled.
When refurbishing the metalwork or graphics on an old original patina jeep, it's nice to try and weather down the new reproduction parts.
If you have purchased a jeep from me you will know I give friendly after sales support, free impartial advice before you purchase a jeep with no obligation to buy one from me. You can still call me for advice. I love talking jeeps.
Summer fun jeep gatherings from various owners premises around Devon, including a coastal or scenic road run. If you would be interested in taking your jeep on one and would like to be informed when we meet up, email your contact details or call on 01548521278 anytime.
I make sure the jeep buying experience is as enjoyable as possible with a road test around our country lanes in the jeep, 4 post ramp for your inspection, never any pressurized sales. Don't mind a bit if you are going on to look at other jeeps after the visit. The whole experience of visiting me to look at a jeep is an enjoyable one.
If you have bought a jeep from me and are 100s of miles away and it goes wrong, I will always help with any problems over the phone and by email. Most of the jeeps I sell have been thoroughly road tested and any little problems have been discovered and rectified before they are re-sold. This usually amounts to overhauling brakes, engine tuning, exhaust, batteries, lighting etc, sometimes a bit of bodywork repair but generally the French jeeps are very good runners and fairly rust-free. I am always happy to buy back a jeep previously purchased from me.
I can help with restoring your jeep including ageing down replacement data plates to look nice and original in keeping with an unrestored jeep. Advising on common faults on old jeeps, WWII and Hotchkiss. In my engine problems section I can also give some help with clutch and gearbox problems, noisy clutch bearing tip, gearbox faults, engine fault finding, registering your jeep with DVLA V5 etc.
"Hi Robert, just wanted to say a big thank you for your help and advise on purchasing this Jeep, Niven is over the moon with it.Ps Chris and Linet also gave a brilliant service. Thanks!"
Paul and Niven
Please look on every page of this site - I have lots of help and advice for jeep owners that many conventional auto-engineers may not know, and I am always happy to give fault-finding advice from my own experience if you are struggling to fix a problem. I will pay good commission for any information leading to a jeep purchase, to find out more give me a call on 01548 521 278.
Our farm in Devon was occupied by the American soldiers for the practice for D-Day landings. Knowing there were jeeps all around here then, I was very keen to re-instate a jeep on the farm. Buying my first jeep without any knowledge about what to look out for was a disaster! I bought one at a classic car auction after a novice's inspection and then driving 500 mile round trip to collect it. I was faced with a cobbled-together, rusty old jeep which needed a whole winter's hard work to even make it worth what I had initially paid.
I quickly learnt what to look out for when buying a willys or hotchkiss jeep. A website like this would have helped me so much when I was searching for a jeep. As well as my Jeeps for sale and wanted this website also has advice on registering for the first time in the UK, common problems to look out for on old jeeps, how to overcome difficult problems, modifications, Americanising a French jeep, etc. I will be putting lots of helpful tips and fixes on this website as time goes on, bear with me on this and try and excuse the spelling mistakes which will be later corrected by my daughter!
Nice original Ford GPW 1943. This jeep had its soft supple WWII springing, and the metalwork was all original WWII, very nice patina. It will be admired and cherished in its new home and will also be used for shows and events. A very good investment that can only go up in value over the years as they always have done.
Off on its voyage to new owner in Newton Abbot.
Found in France, only needed a bit of fettling
This customer was an aircraft inspector, he was impressed by the perfect original condition of this 56 year old jeep.
Came to see a WWII jeep needing lots of work. Didn't want a French Hotchkiss at any price. 20 mins after seeing this (hotchkiss jeep in its crate), with Bob and his mate helping, we assembled and drove it off down to the beach for an icecream. By the time we arrived back at the farm they both decided to buy it.
This jeep belonged to a police radio engineer, everything electrical was replaced with new or upgraded with modern alternative.
This one is going to be taken to a couple of local shows this year as a running, driving chassis before the body is reinstated.
It's a great incentive for me when I get nice feedback after a sale. I'm always pleased to hear and see how things are going with your jeep no matter how long ago you purchased it from me.
Just a quick line to let you know the journey from you back to Torquay last week went very smoothly, we called in for fuel at the first garage on the main road and then took it easy all the way back We arrived just as it was getting dimpsy .We have been out for a couple of short trips just to get used to driving a jeep and all is going well.We are all thrilled and I know it will give us hours of pleasure be it on the road or tinkering in the garage. Thank you for all your help and friendly expert advice which made the whole experience a pleasure. I think we forgot to pick up old mot Certs and paperwork so I'll give you a ring when I'm next over your way and call in an pick them up and have a chat and see how you're doing."
1943 Ford GPW, very special original jeep.
This was a very nice example, super low mileage, almost silent to drive, a very lovely jeep.
This one had been buried in hay bales for years to keep the moisture off, beautiful solid rust free condition.
"Hi Robert we got home fine thank you and we are chuffed to bits, we had to take her out for a little run around when we got back thank you for all your help and hopefully we will bump into you at some show somewhere."
Liz and Pep
Nice early example Hotchkiss Willys jeep
This Hotchkis jeep was flown from Heathrow to Uganda. Purchased by Classic Africa Safaris.
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