Willys Jeep Original Colors

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Willys Jeep Original Colors
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The iconic Willys Jeep was an American favourite for many years and is the predecessor of today's popular Jeep brand that is now owned by Daimler Chrysler. When it was first mass-produced for the civilian market, it came in select colours. More colours were added as demand increased. Classic car collectors typically look for an original or restored Willys Jeep to come in these specific colours.

1945 and 1946 Models

Five colours of Willys Jeeps were produced in 1945 and 1946. They included Pasture Green, Normandy Blue, Michigan Yellow, Harvest Tan and Harvard Red. The colour names were indicative of the time period, particularly Normandy Blue, so named for the recent battles fought overseas in France.

1947 to 1949 Models

In 1947 three more colours were introduced to the line-up. They included: Picket Gray, Luzon Red and Princeton Black. Michigan Yellow and Normandy Blue were kept through this transition, but Harvard Red, Pasture Green and Harvest Tan were retired.

Military Issue Willys Jeep Colors

For collectors looking for authentic Willys Jeeps that were used for military personnel, the colours were Light Green, Dark Green, Earth Yellow, Earth Red, Field Drab, Olive Drab, Forest Green, White, Earth Brown, Black, Woodland Green and Marine Corps Green.


Collectors looking to restore their Willys Jeeps can utilise the colour matching formulas provided in the References section. To retain the overall value and the aesthetics of the Willys Jeep, it is highly recommended that any restoration and paint work remain as original as possible.

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