The Ford & Willys “Super Jeep,” also known as the MT-TUG, is
one of the greatest vehicles in US military history to never
officially go into production. This vehicle, first tested in 1942,
got the nickname, “Super Jeep,” due to its extended frame, three
axles, six wheels, and adaptable chassis.
The Willys MT-TUG was designed to
compete with the Dodge ¾ ton 4X4 Dodge WC series. The TUG carried
the same ¾ ton rating, weighed 3,100 pounds, had a 20-gallon
gasoline tank with a 300 mile range, and a top speed of 55 mph.
Willys claimed that this 6X6 would save 2,000 pounds of steel and 60
pounds of rubber. The manufacturer also boasted that the “Super
Jeep” could operate on 40% less fuel and 20% less motor oil than
the Dodge model.
By January 1943, the Willys MT-TUG was
being evaluated by the Army Transport Command at Camp Gordon in
Johnston, FL. It was met with positive reviews as a result of its
effortless operation in deep sand.
The Versatile Chassis
After the Camp Gordon tests, there
seem to have been at least eight variations of
the vehicle on the TUG chassis, including:
sliding glass panes, hinged rear doors, roll-down curtains, and
fabric-covered roof with hatch. The reason for this design is
Personnel carrier (MT-CA #3)
37mm gun motor carriage (MT, MA-6,
T-24 armored car
The TUG was an impressive feat of
military engineering, but it never made it to full production status.
A total of 15 MT-TUGs are thought to have been built, with
only 6 known survivors today. 24 chassis are believed to have
been built to support all eight variations of this 6X6 mystery.
For more information on this incredibly
rare army truck, or to request carburetor
repair services or transmission
repair services for your army vehicle, call the Army
Jeep Parts team today.