1943 Willys-Overland Jeep Runabout

Summary

World War II produced one of America's all-time favorite vehicles -- the Jeep. Soldiers loved the homely little car because it could go anywhere and do almost anything. They used it to tow artillery, carry the wounded, and deliver ammunition. When fitted with a machine gun, it became a weapon itself. The Jeep came to symbolize American ingenuity and productivity to allies and enemies alike.

World War II produced one of America's all-time favorite vehicles -- the Jeep. Soldiers loved the homely little car because it could go anywhere and do almost anything. They used it to tow artillery, carry the wounded, and deliver ammunition. When fitted with a machine gun, it became a weapon itself. The Jeep came to symbolize American ingenuity and productivity to allies and enemies alike.

Artifact

Military vehicle

Date Made

1943

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

87.154.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of American Motors Corporation.

Material

Metal
Canvas
Rubber (Material)
Glass (Material)

Color

Grayish olive green
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 63.25 in

Width: 62 in

Length: 132.75 in

Diameter: 16 in  (Wheel Diameter)

Diameter: 3.125 in  (Bore)

Inscriptions

Hood: U S A 20225833 Rear end: 3A-115 / AAA

Specifications

Make & Model: 1943 Willys-Overland Jeep runabout

Maker: Willys-Overland Company, Toledo, Ohio

Engine: inline-4, L-head valves, 134 cubic inches

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Height: 72 inches

Wheelbase: 80 inches

Width: 62 inches

Overall length: 132 inches

Weight: 2450 pounds

Horsepower: 54 at 4000 revolutions per minute

Pounds per horsepower: 45.4

Price: $1,447

Average 1943 wage: $2,107 per year

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 8-1/2 months

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