Posted 8 years ago
This is another more unusual piece of trench art.
The ash tray is made to resemble a Ford GPA Amphibian or SEEP (SEA JEEP).
It was produced in 1942 through the first half of 1943 with an ending production of 12,778.
The vehicle while dual purposed, did not meet land or water expectations. It was thought to be too slow and maneuvered poorly on land, while in water it was thought to be too small.
The GPA did see combat service during the Sicily Invasion.
This model is 6" long and stands about 1 3/4" tall. The body is of shell brass and the wheels are "42" and "43" dated .50 cal rounds. The headlights are smaller rifle brass cartridges, dated "43".
The center portion lifts out for cleaning.