Lightweight Jeeps The Nuffield

By | November 3, 2016

After the success of the Willys MB and the Ford GPW thoughts turned to having a smaller vehicle that could carry two men and a payload of around 500 lbs.  A number of companies came up with designs in 1943 for Lightweight Jeeps the Nuffield was built by the British company Nuffield Mechanisation Ltd, which was William Morris’s (Lord Nuffield) personal company. He was the founder of Morris Motors Limited.

Lightweight Jeeps The Nuffield

The need was seen for a vehicle that would be suited for use in air transport. The US government tested a number of lightweight Jeeps the Nuffield was a shortened version of the standard Willys Jeep. It used the Go Devil engine but with some modifications, which included the oil filter and air filter and the carburettor which were changed, all to give a lower profile.

Lightweight Jeeps The Nuffield

  The vehicle was fitted with new bodywork which retained the look of the original Jeep, it also used the standard Jeep windscreen. The Nuffield preformed well in testing but was never put into production.

Lightweight Jeeps The Nuffield