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The Pink Heap: 1957

August 1957. "Nantucket, Mass. Jock Gifford's 'Pink Heap' beach buggy."  35mm Kodachrome by Toni Frissell for the Sports Illustrated assignment "Nantucket Essay." View full size.

August 1957. "Nantucket, Mass. Jock Gifford's 'Pink Heap' beach buggy." 35mm Kodachrome by Toni Frissell for the Sports Illustrated assignment "Nantucket Essay." View full size.


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I thought of This Old House when I saw the photo and thought it would be funny if there was a connection, and here it is!

Said for once without irony:

"The prettiest sight in this fine, pretty world is the privileged class enjoying its privileges."
-- Macaulay Connor

Those pockets on the side

The WWII Jeeps had indentions and pockets under the driver's side to place an ax or shovel. I have seen people try to put those into the pockets on the CJs, but that is wrong.

They were for holding the top bows, which are still on this Jeep. If you were to take it all apart, those bows would fit perfectly into the little steel pockets on the side.

Yes, it is a CJ2A

The CJ2A was the civilian version released after WWII. There was a CJ1 or CJ1A, but only a few were made. It was more of a prototype. The WWII Jeeps were Ford GPW and Willys MB. They were absolutely identical for parts interchangeability, except for various stampings that might have said Ford or Willys. Early versions of the Ford had the brand name stamped above the left rear taillight, but the US government made them stop, as no military vehicle was supposed to carry advertisements. Bantam (They made something that looked like the Roger Rabbit car) had won the primary design contest, except their engine was too weak. The Bantam Jeep was modified with the Willys engine, and that was given the go. Willys became the primary contractor, but was unable to produce the volume needed. Ford was called in to duplicate the exact model with their superior manufacturing facilities. Bantam got to make the little trailers that were towed behind Jeeps.

Found It!

1945-49 Willys-Overland Jeep CJ-2A.

The Jeep

I believe it's a Willys. Ford's body had a grab bar across where the Willys fuel opening was behind the driver's side, and more grab bars around the body.

That is a

Willys CJ2A, made from late 1945 to 1948. BTW, it is pronounced Willus, not Willies.

Pretty in Pink

The jeep looks like a just postwar CJ-2A. The headlights and fuel filler are the giveaway.

The Jeep

An original WW2 Ford or Willys?

Still the spot!

You get off the ferry at Steamboat Wharf, walk down the street to the right of the ticket building, walk past some other bike shop until you get to the corner at South Beach. You walk to the right, past some tennis courts on your left. The next corner building with an awning, that's Cook's Cycles. Now you're set to go exploring. Best bet? Surfside during the day, Eel Point in the evening. Nantucket has a magic all its own!

Now we need some pics of the Vineyard!


Am I the only one it bothers that the sign uses a common "C" for words with hard and soft "C" sounds? Yeah, I figured I was. Just something about it...

Pink Jock

Jock Gifford went on to a career as an architectural designer, conservationist and restaurateur. Plus he was on episodes of This Old House! Here is another view of the Pink Heap from his restaurant's Facebook page.


The first J. Crew catalog is 26 years in the future. Where did these kids buy their J. Crew clothes? Who taught them to pose like J. Crew models?

Cook's Cycles is still in business!

At the same address I found in a 1952 Boston Globe ad. It's been around since 1933.

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