1944 Ford GPW (SAS)
The U.S. shared the Jeep with the British SAS, who had a Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) in North Africa destroying German bombers. "The British modified Jeeps for desert use and added dual machine guns," says Logan. "They would appear from the sand dunes at dawn and drive down the runway shooting at the bombers as they went." The GPWs were stripped of their windscreen, radiator grille bars, and front bumper to increase the carrying capacity of the vehicle to haul extra large fuel and water for long-range desert raids. The Jeeps were finished off with sand mats, metal wheel channels, additional radio equipment, and ammunition.