WWII vehicle to be auctioned this weekend

May 31, 2013 12:00 AM

Car fanatics usually love admiring classic rides that have stood the test of time. Whether it's vintage automobiles that remain in mint condition after years of meticulous vehicle maintenance or older models that have been well loved, these old-school vehicles are often among the coolest rides around. That is certainly true in the case of two jeeps used in World War II, which are set to hit the auction block at a Bonhams sale in the U.K. this weekend. 

One of the models, a 1945 Ford GPW Jeep, was discovered about 30 years ago in a shipping crate. According to Hemmings, stories of jeeps in crates were popular from the 1950s to 1970s, when the general public was encouraged to buy army surplus products which were often advertised as utility vehicles in crates. While no one knows for sure just how true this story is, it certainly adds a layer of mystique to the military vehicle. 

This historic jeep has endured several rounds of auto repair to restore it to its former glory. Thanks to all of that work, the automobile is expected to command between $35,000 and $45,000 in the sale at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance. 

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