Santa and his sleigh, er, jeep! From the March 1942 Field Artillery Magazine: “Most recent and widely publicized member of the family of army vehicles is the quarter-ton truck, or “Jeep,” developed to replace the motorcycle with side-car so popular in the German army. The “Jeep” resembles a little boy’s plaything yet is a wizard of efficiency; it will carry two men, a machine gun and a load of ammunition; it is maneuverable, can be carried in a 1½-ton truck and is economical of operation.”
There’s nothing finer for Santa to use on Christmas Eve to deliver toys to all the good little boys and girls. The jeep is a 1941 Willys MA. A very rare jeep indeed.
You might be interested in Grandpa’s War Pony or Jeep – Its development and procurement under the Quartermaster Corps, 1940-1942. Both books are available from Amazon.com.