09 Oct 2019

“Jeep in a Crate” — A Persistent Urban Legend

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Somebody posted the above photograph in the Vintage Firearms Discussion Group on Facebook (the link probably won’t work if you aren’t a member), and a lengthy argument ensued. I’m afraid the skeptics won.

WWII Jeep Parts debunks the legend:

“Cheap Army Surplus Jeeps! You can buy a brand new jeep in a crate for $50!” Ads with headlines like this ran for decades in the back of Boy’s Life, Popular Mechanics, and several other magazines I used to read as a kid in the 1960’s (and those ads probably ran in the 1940’s and 1950’s as well). The ads promised to tell you how to buy Willys MB and Ford GPW jeeps and other government surplus for extremely low prices. They charged a fee for sending you this information. You mailed in your payment and waited for the postman to deliver the pamphlet that would divulge the secrets of buying tools, equipment, jeeps, trucks, etc. etc. on the cheap for “your fun and profit”.

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Storyteller

Sort of like the persistent “My cousins, best friends, uncle bout a crate at a storage sale and found a complete-dissembled Harley-Indian motorcycle’ you always hear in the bar.



gwbnyc

^as above^

high school rumor 1968-

“crated suicide shift H-D’s” 200 dollars or somesuch. mentioned it at the dinner table, my brother, ten years my senior, remarks, “is that BS still going around?”



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