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Rare Japanese GPW book, 20th Anniversary 4×4 Magazine

  • Street: 155 North Park Drive
  • City: madera
  • State: California
  • Country: United States
  • Zip/Postal Code: 93637
  • Contact Phone: 5593630003
  • Listed: August 9, 2018 8:56 am
  • Expires: 16 days, 12 hours


In 1997 or so the Japanese published 4×4 Magazine produced this paean to Jeep serial number 242581, a meticulously restored World War II jeep (part of their 20th anniversary activities). Meticulous is an understatement, the jeep pictured is better than showroom floor new. The pictures have to be seen to be believed. 2000 of these were printed, this particular one is labeled #1322/2000. When I got this book I was in the process of restoring an early GPW, it was an invaluable reference. I recall that I took pictures of every page to use for reference so I didn’t have to touch the actual book ! It is in pristine condition. The book came originally with a set of postcards (present and unopened) and a mouse pad (which I actually used for many years and not included in this sale).

The Book is a beautifully made hardcover, with OD green canvas wrapped covers, and brass plate titles on the front modeled after actual jeep ID plates. It measures 12″ by 11″ and has 132 pages of text, photos, and tech information. All text is written in English and Japanese. The book has sections with detailed photos of the Engine, Power train, Suspension, Frame, Interior, Tools & accessories. There are sections on Specifications, and Restoration notes. There are also many full page views of the complete vehicle. The photos are all studio quality with white background, printed on thick photo quality pages.

The book is packaged in a fitted wooden box with a hinged lid, The box also has a brass title plate, and a brass copy of the original ID plate from S/No.242581. Included is the cardboard shipping box and a package of post cards. Everything is in “as new” condition, the 3 brass plates still have their plastic sheet anti-tarnish covers, the post cards are still sealed, there is no address or writing on the cardboard shipping box.”
Others have said:

“Here is a beautiful book that pays tribute to WW II era GPW military Jeeps, made by Ford Motor Co. The book features one particular jeep, S/No.242581, that has been meticulously restored. It was produced in 1997, as a special gift pack for the 20th anniversary of “4X4 magazine”, a Japanese publication. Only 2000 were published…”

PLEASE READ: shipping of this book will be by UPS shipping from my zip 93637 to your zip, WITH APPROPRIATE INSURANCE charges added. The book will NOT be send via USPS Media Mail or by USPS Priority. Shipping costs will be figured after the auction when buyer’s zip code is known. Depending on distance between my zip and your zip, costs could be $20 to $30. After auction end I will figure out shipping costs and include them in an eBay invoice. The book will be well packed before shipping; but the buyer will only be charged for shipping – packaging, etc. will be no charge.

Book is on eBay right now, take a look… Sales are final, please ask any questions you might have before auction end… Thanks for looking !

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