My appreciation for the Jeep Wrangler Willys

Looking at the Jeep on my site, I could not fathom not understanding the beauty of its history. The appreciation for its history.

Back in November of 1940, the Jeep legend began. This would be the very early days of the second World War, one year before the United States entered. A small, four-wheel power prototype, the Willys “Quad”, turned into delivered to the US Army.

Jeep parked in front of mountains
My Jeep Willys parked right in front of rugged terrain. Perfect.

It featured the Willys “Go-Devil” engine, developed by way of Delmar “Barney” Roos. With 60 horsepower and one zero five foot-pounds of torque it not simplest surpassed the Army’s requirement, but dwarfed the Bantam’s 83 and Ford’s eighty five pound-feet of torque, it’s only competition for the army contract.

The Quad became the father of the MB, CJ series, and Wrangler. Willys refined the Quad and built 1,500 gadgets of the Willys MA model, lots of which had been used in WWII.

Jeep parked in front of cliff side
One of my passions.

From 1941 to 1945 Willys produced the MB model, the unique go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle, which came to be known by means of its nickname, “Jeep”.

Made famous during WWII, Willys produced over 300,000 MB vehicles. Jeeps were closely used by way of every division of the American navy, with a hundred and forty four Jeeps provided to every infantry regiment inside the U.S. Army.

Large numbers of Jeeps were shipped to the Allied Forces of Britain and Russia: nearly 30% of general Jeep production.

The MB advanced into the M-38 military model, which featured a water-proof ignition device and was constructed from 1950 to 1951 in particular for use in the course of the Korean War.

During that conflict, Willy redesigned the M-38 and it became the M-38A1 with a longer wheelbase, softer ride, a extra powerful engine and a new, extra rounded body style.

In production via 1962, at some stage in that time Willys additionally produced the M-170, which turned into designed to be geared up with numerous different frame packages. One was a light troop carrier.

Because passengers were incredibly enclosed as compared to earlier models, the M-170 changed into extensively utilized as a area ambulance. Kaiser Willys Auto Supply has antique Jeep elements for all Willys military Jeep models.

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More of my appreciation for the Jeep Wrangler Willys

Did you know? The first ¼ ton, four-wheel power reconnaissance truck “pilot model” produced for the U.S. Army became built through the American Bantam Car Company of Butler, Pa.

It become added for testing to Camp Holabird in Baltimore on Sept. 23, 1940. Subsequent designs by way of Willys-Overland and Ford while vital were refinements on this authentic U.S. Army and American Bantam concept.

One of the maximum distinctive factors of the “jeep” layout is the flat slotted grill with incorporated headlights – for this – Ford gets the credit.

Ford’s Pilot Model GP- No. 1 “Pygmy” featured a flat grille with incorporated headlights introduced to the U.S. Army on Nov. 23, 1940.

From thirteen slots (1940), to 9 slots (1941), to seven slots (1945) – it truly is the history of the iconic “jeep” grille. The main motive Willys-Overland received the lion share of the production for the WWII “jeep” become its engine. Willys-Overland fortunately started reworking its L134 engine in 1938 with the appearance of Barney Roos as chief engineer. The result became the long lasting and powerful “Go-Devil” engine that became the coronary heart of the “jeep” for decades.

Willys-Overland produced as a minimum Pilot Model “Quads” in 1940.

After 1952 the road up of military “jeep” models included a Willys-Overland Pilot Model Quad (a ways left).

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Why the Ferrari 550 Maranello is so valuable

As a V12 powered, front-engine beauty, most people would store this wide and long-nosed model inside a climate controlled facility. Why? Is there a reason why someone would put so much attention towards a car, unless it would have the potential in rising in value as the years go by?

The answer is exactly that. This beast of a Ferrari has in fact rise in value since this specific model came out in 2001. The fact that it has a stick shift, and many of the stick shift models have risen in value. The reason why is because there are many people out there doing a lot of crazy modifications to get their car to be manual. They will even go as far as paying three to four times the amount for a 3 pedal, than paying for automatic.

Alessandro Ciani’s Ferrari 550 Maranello

Why it’s going up in Value

  • Did you know that the 550 Maranello was one of the last stick shift V12 Ferrari’s ever made? Of course there are other manual rides out there, but they are so hard to find and extremely expensive. Unless you are the type of person to have VIP everywhere Just another reason why the car is shooting up in value.
  • This is the last of 550 model. Yes, this is the 2001 550 Maranello.
  • The Air Jordan XIV, which was originally released in the late 90’s, drew great inspiration from Michael Jordan’s 550 Maranello.
  • Most Ferrari’s that have stick shift were of the older models, and not as fast. The 550 has a horsepower of 485, which will do a 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds.
  • The car has perfect balance: Not too old, not too new. Just right.
  • Gated shifters: If you love the sound gated shifters make when switching gears, then this car is perfect for you. It goes hand-in-hand with the car’s precision in other areas.

Under the Hood

This is absolutely a master class of how to display an engine. Between the twin intakes, and the red crackle – and do not forget the Ferrari emblem on the intake. The induction system is quite amazing. For maximum torque, you will see that on the right side, it is a longer track for low speed running, and then it switches to the middle when you get to a higher rev. There is a row of 12 trumpets, with a shorter intake. The engine is dressed in a way where wires are hidden, if you look at the right and left side of under the hood.

Brilliance under the hood.

Nothing plastic. All metal. Really nicely made. You can tell that there was no low budget when it came to under the hood. Do not worry if you see signs of corrosion, as it is not “true corrosion,” since it is all aluminium, especially directly under the hood.

If you are interested in learning more, and want to meet my own Maranello in person, feel free to contact me today!

The Glorious History of the Wrist Watch

Back in the day, a long, long time ago, watches were not always worn on the wrist. A lot of the times, as you would see in the movies, these beautiful pieces of art would be carried inside of a pocket or linked to a chain.

Today, we have just one type of wristwatch – that has varied style and created by multiple brands. Over many hundreds of years, dating back to when the first pocket watch was invented in the early 1500’s, watches have evolved greatly. From being extremely large to petite enough for women to even wear. Then they became a tool for men to use and a fashion statement for women to wear and appreciate.

Just an old, good looking Day-Date. Ref 6611B from 1958, with original paperwork

Did you know? It took almost 200 years from the time the first pocket watch was invented to it having a minute hand? That is quite a while. In fact, the minute hand was introduced in Britain and France in the late 1600’s.

Caroline Murat, who was the Queen of Naples during the early 1800’s, received the very first wristwatch. This beautiful piece of art was created by Breguet.

Twenty years later, the keyless clock came about, which did away from having to wind with a key. Talk about a step ahead in convenience versus luxury!

As time progresses, famous names such as Patek Phillipe and Cartier make their way into the game. They begin to invent new customization’s such as the calendar for the watch, split seconds, and the first every prototype for the man’s watch.

During World War I, many of the soldiers were given “trench watches,” which brought a unique look to them, involving what looked like some sort of metal protected gate in front of the time itself.


WWII Army Pilot Airforce Navigation Wrist Compass

In 1930, Breitling developed and patented the first ever STOP watch.

Years have gone by up until this very moment, and may types of wrist watches have emerged from some of the world’s most famous creators.

From the skinniest to the most expensive, the world of watches brings forth a sense of style, and importance.

A Man’s Cave

Looking at vintage watches from his very personal perspective, Alessandro Ciani focuses mainly on the “perfect balance” of their components in terms of aging, patina, preservation and even at the accessories that complement them, in order to come up with a complete picture to to contemplate. A deep connection with beauty, design, history and good taste is a key factor, and the environment whee this takes place on a daily basis certainly reflects the philosophy.

You may notice that most of the time, an office will have their standard break room, multiple cubicles, meeting room and of course, a lavatory. Pretty boring. Alessandro’s working space is a wide, open industrial like pace filled with a collection of eclectic, captivating vintage objects, not all necessarily related to the watch world. The excuse – standing to what he says – is that everything is for sale: but getting him to give a price for anything other than a watch is virtually impossible!

Open for private visits only over the last six years, the plans are to now move to something new that would make room for a one new idea. Where, he doesn’t know yet: we’ll see!

Want to visit? Contact him directly here to set up a date.