In 1946, soldiers in Occupied Germany had two things:
Time on their hands and the urge to hot rod their rides.
The following snapshots came from the album of an unnamed soldier who served in occupied Berlin, ca. 1946-1947. Whether documenting the many modified surplus Jeeps or just collecting ideas for his own hot rod, we don't know. No captions or details survived with the images. Regardless, he left one interesting record of how soldiers were acquiring surplus Jeeps and personalizing them.
In fact, modifying jeeps became so popular that Special Service Section of the Headquarters Command in Frankfurt sponsored a contest for modified jeeps. In addition to individual efforts, several businesses throughout England and Europe specialized in custom body work that could be bolted to jeeps to make them appear more car-like.
Jeep to Hot Rod Transformation
Front End Treatments
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