The Jeep is coming back to the States today. Not just any mere Jeep, but a military WW2 Willy, the precursor of the Jeep. And this one has been in service for 70 years.
This specific Jeep began its life on June 3rd, 1943 where it was deployed to Sicily to help with the war efforts shortly after coming out of the factory. When the war ended, the Jeep stayed overseas and was moved around various Italian military members.
It left active-duty at some point and became privately owned. The current owner, an Italian journalist Vittorio Argento, purchased it in 1984. Now, he’s returning it to its birthplace in Toledo, Ohio, the very factory where it was first made.
It’s a remarkable story to see. I can’t even imagine the stories this little beast of burden could tell if it could talk. Even more impressive seeing how well it’s held up over the decades. That’s a real testament to the quality of manufacturing that went, and still goes into, producing the Jeep.
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Source: NY Daily News