Willys Jeep 1942
Here's a Jeep with a difference. It's a hybrid, built to compete in the 1997 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, the first re-incarnation of the 1907 Peking to Paris motor race ¼- and it won, with the vendor driving and John Bayliss occupying the thinking man's seat. Built specifically to comply with the regulations for that event, it uses a 1949 Jeep chassis and running gear, just within the cut-off date for the class, and a 1942 Willys body tub for the desired appearance. All parts were overhauled and prepared to minimal tolerances. All engine reciprocating parts were shot-peened and balanced. The cylinder head was ported and gas-flowed resulting in a very torquey motor and improved fuel consumption. After the 1997 event an overdrive was fitted, operable on all gears in both low and high ranges, which further improved fuel consumption. The regulations allowed for safety modifications and as a result disc brakes from a post-'49 model are fitted all round. This is a readily reversible modification. Provision has been made for a Halda tripmeter, which is available by separate negotiation if required. The whole job reportedly cost £50,000 once you factor in the vendor's time at commercial rates.
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