|Crew, operating 2||Passenger capacity, including crew||5|
|Shipping Dimension||(cu ft) 331||(sf) 57|
|Ground Clearance||Net||inches||8 3/4|
|Tread||center to center||inches||49|
|Capacities||Fuel, 68 octane gasoline||gal||15|
|Turning Radius (Ft)||Right 17||Left 18 1/2|
|Angle of Approach||degrees||45|
|Angle of Departure||degrees||35|
|Fuel Consumption, average conditions||mpg||20|
|Cruising Range, average conditions||miles||300|
|Maximum allowable speed||mph||65|
|Number of speeds forward, with transfer case||6|
|Type||In-line, 4 cycle||No. of cylinders||4|
|Governed speed||Not governed|
This Jeep is one of many that were built between 1941 and 1945 by the Ford Motor Company to be utilized by the US Armed Forces. Ford had originally lost the bid to produce the vehicles but when it became apparent that Willys did not have the production capibility to deliver sufficient quantities needed by the government, Ford was asked to prouduce the vehicle using the same specifications.
The Ford GPW Jeep shown here is representative of the "Motorpool Class". It is original and correct in every detail with a Ford chassis, body and engine but some Willys parts. It was delivered to the government around October 15, 1943. It ended up in Italy at the end of WWI, where its present owner, Herman Pfauter of Santa Barbara, CA, purchased it from an Italian farmer in 1981 and shipped it back home.
Afer a frame-up restoration, mostly by the owner , which took a number of years, this grandfather of all Jeeps was then used in parades, vintage car shows and other commemorative events throughout Southern California.