This is the email I received from the lovely chap I bought this jeep from. He was an enthusiast and cared for the car like it was his baby. He even rubbed Johnson's baby oil onto the bodywork to keep it pristine. The lovely chap bought this jeep from dallas autos. they are a fantastic company and famous for fab jeeps. a quick look at their website will confirm they currently have similar jeeps as this for for sale at well over £20,000................... Here's the email. Please read it. ......'issued in 1961 to the french armee de terre currently has us wwii markings 22,642 kms bodywork in very good condition, with waxoyl underneath mechanically in full working order with a lovely, 'on the button' drive. Excellent goodyear 6.00-16c bargrips mot to march 2017. no tax required full worthing hood and winter canvas in as new condition, plus tailored and zipped canvas tonneau cover comes with french plastic hood, us collins axe, us shovel, service kit' although there will never be a 'full service history' for a military jeep like this, detailing 'specific owners or users', i have gleaned other information over the years as follows: the uk authority on hotchkiss jeeps, andy carter, runs a website m201.com. He lives in romsey too, and i have known him around 15 years. He also knows your jeep and has done some work on it over the years. He located the following numbers on the jeep for me when he first inspected it: chassis no: 12859 / tub no h9821 chassis serial no h14549 / licence no 21107 4 rebuilt at la maltournee: 30 jan 1973 now, the original hotchkiss jeeps did not have 'matching numbers' anyway like some classic cars do - that's not how the military worked, so the differences are normal. from the numbers, andy deduced, as did the heritage people (i gave you the original certificate) that the jeep was built sometime during 1961. andy confirmed it was definitely built for the french army, and not, for instance, the police, military police, french fire service and so on. In that case, it was probably commissioned for the algerian conflict, althought that ended in '62, i believe. It is quite possible that your jeep did go to north africa, however, it would have been returned for a re-build after around 15 years or so, like all hotchkiss jeeps still in army service. Jeeps were stripped right down to the chassis, everything pulled apart, repaired and straighened if necessary, and replacement made for all parts showing signs of wear and tear. A full 'nut and bolt restoration' - these vehicles were now new again, and a record of this will be found on an 'ergm' plate riveted to the glovebox with the date, in your case 30 jan 1973. it would have been re-sprayed also, but probably a different, darker colour than the one you have, which is, in fact more similar to the original '61 colour according to andy. In 1961, hotchkiss jeeps more resembled the us jeeps, but received minor changes over time and perhaps during the re-build (rectangular mirrors for instance). incidentally, some hotchkiss jeeps will have original wwii jeep parts, as the french were left with around 25,000 wartime models, mostly knackered, but bits do crop up and usable parts were, of course, kept by the french for future use. it then went back in service for only about 15,000 km, eventually flatpacked and stored for possible future use by nato. it was bought by steve rivers of dallas auto parts, who is well known to buy good examples only of hotchkiss and he brought it back to the uk, giving it a further renovation as necessary, such as brake overhaul, full service, upgrading lighting, full re-spray and so on. There were a lot of really beaten up expamples coming up, but this wasn't one of them, obviously. i bought it directly from steve in 2001 the moment it became available, having researched jeeps for a while, and considering the wwii versions not for me. The latter can be quite a pain in use, often don't start well and don't drive as nicely as the hotchkiss either. dallas did the first couple of mots and services. incidentally, a hotchkiss jeep is most likely to be more 'original' than any wwii version by willys or ford. Many of the latter had to rely for a time on hotchkiss parts to keep them going and many more now are so old, they received new bodyshells, perhaps from taiwan. Your jeep is very original, i am told, not all of it, of course, but it is a real, historic, military vehicle. I think that is why i had wished to remove the us markings so it more closely resembled a '60s version. Hjowever, go to france and almost all hotchkiss jeeps there are americanised. I don't believe the french wish to be reminded of their north african war, but the us markings represent a 'winning team', so to speak, so they like that! for more information, try Also, pat ware has a really nice book 'the classic military jeep illustrated' (all pics of any type of jeep), from warehouse publications and he also put together a book entitled 'm201 the story of the hotchkiss m201 and the french jeep'. depends how much you wish to get into it, of course. i hope that helps you, and is about all i know, or at least have been told by others more in the know than me. I am definitely no military buff, but this was such a fun vehicle to have, especially whilst our kids were growing up. all in all, i think the hotchkiss jeep is part of a very interesting military story. Who knows, your jeep could have been used by the french foreign legion!
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