These Italian-Influenced Military Jeeps Are Ready For Deployment

Off-road soldiers.
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Aside from the legendary Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, there's a second race coming to the French Riviera. And on 14 May, the finish line is at Le Sporting Monte-Carlo. 

The grand location will play host to one of the world's most interesting collections for RM Sotheby's Quattroruote/Monaco auction. The Quattroruote Collection underscores fine automobiles throughout history, but puts a premium on cars of Italian origin.

Parked atop the auction block, there are three jeeps we're ready to saddle up on. All sharing similar auto-lives, these rugged-as-hell bad boys are damn near perfect – and are being auctioned off without reserve. 

    1942 Willys MB Military Jeep 

Built on 20 May 1942 under British war contract, this four-wheel drive survivor still has its factory-quality paint and cloth-covered interior intact. Its long-lived vehicle design has now evolved to become a symbol of freedom – this jeep was acquired for the Collection to stand for Italy's liberation during World War II. And would most certainly be cozy among any collection of military vehicles, or to and from the beach this summer. 

 1962 Fiat 1101A Campagnola

Born in 1951, the Campagnola was created for the Italian Armed Forces – and similarly designed off of the American jeep, except this heavy-duty off-roader is privy to diesel fuel. This 1962 civilian model has remained in the Collection some 35 years, and is even registered as a historic automobile with the Automotoclub Historical Italian organization. This Italian jeep has bravo written all over it. 

  1942 Ford GPW Military Jeep 

During a 1940 four-wheel drive pitch, Ford, Willys-Overland, and the Bantam Company of Pennsylvania were all competing to win business from the United States Army Quartermasters. Ultimately, Willys version was preferred, but Ford had the production means to build 277,896 versions of them. Say hello to this resulting Ford-built jeep designated GWP, or "General Purpose Willys." This U.S. military-numbered beaut was delivered on 16 July 1942, and has remained an icon of the liberation of Europe ever since.