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October 17, 2018

By: Jonathan

CARS

Steve McQueen’s Willys Jeep Invades UK Auction

It’s a safe assumption that the last time this 1945 Willys Jeep MB saw Europe, if it did at all, was under far worse circumstances. However, since being delivered to the US Army on July 7th 1945 this Willys life took a turn for greatness.

Once relieved of its duty the Willys found its way into the collection of the King of Cool himself, Steve McQueen. A part of his vast collection the Willys stands out to the layman as McQueen’s name has primarily become associated with Mustangs and motorcycles since his passing in 1980. Following his death, this Jeep would remain a part of his estate until 1984 when it was sold at his estate auction, its first time being offered at auction. Following that sale the Willys found its way to Europe where it remains today.

In early November the Jeep will again be auction off, this time in Birmingham, UK as part of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show sale. Projections have the sale of the car over six-figures and anywhere between $100,000-$130,000.

[Photography courtesy of Silverstone Auctions.]

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