Here are some more photos of surplus Argentinian military M606 Jeeps, restored and enjoyed by members of the Asociacion Argentina de Coleccionistas de Vehiculos Militares. These vehicles were built by Kaiser in the U.S., and exported in the mid-1960s. Many of them date from 1966 and 1967, a period when virtually all CJ-3B-type Jeeps being produced by Willys were apparently exported as military aid. (The AMC production figures show 9,428 CJ-3Bs built from 1966-68, and the CJ-3B Serial Number and Engine Number List includes very few currently in North America.)
On 19 March 2017, the AACVM took a road trip to the Camp Mayo military base northwest of Buenos Aires. Six M606s were in the middle of the 19-vehicle convoy visiting Army Aviation Command, which is one of a number of units based at Camp Mayo. Click the photo above for a copy large enough to see the Jeeps ahead of the high hoods: 3 MBs and a GPW, M38A1 and M170 ambulance.
Luis Mariano Paz's 1967 M606 leads the half-dozen high hoods, with a string of other 1/4-tons behind, including 4 Mercedes Gelandewagens, a VW Iltis, an M151A2, and an M101.
The M101 is a unique Argentinian military Jeep, based on the version of the CJ-5 built by Industrias Kaiser Argentina.
Maximiliano Lopez took the top off his Jeep to enjoy the sun and sand dunes of the Atlantic coast. Restored over four years by Maximiliano, this Jeep has original engine no. 4J398716 and serial no. 8105-130005.
Some of the M606s carry functioning radio equipment. This M606 is owned by Felipe Clark, president of the AACVM.
This 1967 M606, restored by Miguel Paradiso, has original engine no. 4J449852 and serial no. 8105-139224. See a front view photo (70K JPEG). The original bolt holes for the side-mounted spare tire bracket can be seen, but Miguel installed a tailgate from another M606, with M38-style tailgate-mounted spare tire. Apparently some of the M606s arrived in Argentina in the mid-1960s equipped with the rear-mounted spare.
The RT68 radio, MP50 antenna base, and MP57 antenna were installed in some of these M606s, but were removed before the Jeeps were sold as surplus. Miguel located and re-installed the equipment as part of his three-year restoration.
How about this great shot of three M606s looking like they're back in service. They belong (left to right) to Miguel Paradiso, Maximiliano Lopez, and Hector Delia.
The circular insignia on Hector's Jeep is Argentina's national colors. See a closer photo of the right side (50K JPEG) including the fuel can rack.
Thanks to Luis Mariano Paz and the other Jeep owners in the AACVM for these photos. -- Derek Redmond
See a page of photos of Luis' 1966 M606 in Argentina, and more photos of the M606 Display at the December 2000 meet at Gral Lemos.
Also on CJ3B.info, see more CJ-3B Military Jeeps, and more Jeeps in Argentina.
Elsewhere on the web, see an extensive photo blog of the restoration of a 1964 M606 on the AACVM website.
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