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Willys Jeep: 'Built for Victory' 

Willy's jeep

This well-known timeless military vehicle by Tjerk Stellema has been in the family for more than 70 years. It is showing off in the showroom of the eponymous car company. The “4 wheel drive utility vehicle” comes from the well-known army stocks that were distributed throughout the Netherlands by the National Traffic Inspectorate after the Second World War. 


By: Dirk de Jong 

The first generation of the family used the Willys as a service car (50s). In an issue of the 1946 Autokampioen we read some figures of the war production of this jeep. 277.896 were produced, of which there are probably a few dozen in the Netherlands. Later, the jeep was sometimes used by staff for small trips and eventually came to a standstill as a reminder of the days of that time. 

Company opening 1980 

This original and pure jeep was used one more time at the opening of the new location of the car company. Where the mayor drove the car into the showroom under the watchful eye of staff and family. 

Mobile veteran 

The second generation Stellema decided to leave the Willys Jeep as a work of art between all the modern tin. The Willys Jeep no longer has a hero role, but still unyielding despite its advanced age. The robust car is still often the subject of discussion among the third generation of the car company and thus still 'usable'.

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  1. With or without tires; it remains an unforgettable phenomenon that Willy's! And really nice that it has been preserved for so long, our cultural, historical heritage. I only miss the headscarf for the rain… ..

  2. Judging from the dashboard, this seems in my humble opinion a "Hotchkiss", which was produced by the French "under license" immediately after the war and therefore not a WW2 Willy.

  3. one of the many and genius US Army vehicles and where that of the Wehrmacht could not match.
    The Nazis had a fleet to cry on. (except the Opel Blitz natural, which was designed in the US). Take a look at the Wehrmacht MB halftrack, for example, what a disaster and then just look at the good old US Army halftrack and you see what I mean.
    You could say with a little good will that the Jeep has won World War II.

    • Funny that you say that Jan; the Wehrmacht had the Schwimmwagen, and drove BMWs and Zundapps that the Americans could only dream of ...

      Numbers Jan, that won the war ... numbers ..

  4. not perfect, just good because you see everywhere of those resto copies where you are not allowed to touch with a finger. I am 75 years old myself and can still clearly hear the howling of the fan fan when such a jeep accelerated through the gears at full throttle. So in my memory!

  5. not perfect, just good because you see everywhere of those resto copies where you are not allowed to touch with a finger. I am 75 years old myself and can still clearly hear the howling of the fan fan when such a jeep accelerated through the gears at full throttle.

    • JEEP
      Still a great car; By the way, this is a real car in which you have to work a bit to get somewhere, not such a computer-controlled thing in which you can hardly do anything yourself.

  6. nice copy only 1 unfortunate comment why there is a tourist van under this really a minus point and misses this measurement in milirair off road profile are really not expensive the owner can be really proud of the rest, greetings from belgium please reply

    • You want a response?
      I have tried my best to understand your message and think you mean you do not think the tires are suitable for this car. Is that right? Well, perhaps the money was gone for a while and these tires were still lying around, or perhaps they find these tires to drive better or more beautiful. May they know for themselves is their car.

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