Mint condition Willys Jeep has proud Anzac history

A SHOWROOM condition Second World War Willys Jeep (pictured) at Rockhampton's DC Motors has more grunt in its history than what looks reveal.

The US Jeep in question, which DC Motors dealer principal Peter Scherer (pictured) described as being in mint condition, is on display at the Derby St vehicle dealer.

The Jeep once belonged to Koongal man Howard Weir (pictured), 72, who gave it to his daughter Kylie.

The Jeep has a proud history as the star attraction of the Rockhampton Anzac Parade, which the Jeep has led for the past 33 years.

For the Anzac Centenary next year, Mr Weir hopes to have 18 Jeeps and war bikes for the parade.

He believed they were ideal modes of transport for parades involving celebrities and sports stars because "they were open enough for everyone to see them".

Mr Weir bought the vehicle from a Darwin man more than 10 years ago for a modest $10,000.

"I know of one Willys Jeep that was sold in Tamworth for $34,000... they can fetch high prices," he said.



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