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1954 Photo of Aero Jeep Airborne Prototype

• CATEGORIES: Airborne Lightweight Jeeps, Features, Old Images This site contains affiliate links for which I may be compensated.

UPDATE: These two pics are currently on eBay.

  1. 1954 Willys Aero (Bobcat) Airborne prototype (From front):
  2. 1954 Willys Aero (Bobcat) Airborne prototype (From rear):
  3. (Reproduction) Aero Bobcat Spec Sheet.


Original post 2014: This is a collection of Aero Bobcat Airport jeep photos. A couple may still be on eBay

1. “A vintage 1954 original photo depicting Willy’s Aero Jeep undergoing test at the proving grounds at Aberdeen MD. Original press stamp and caption with a JAN 8 1954 stamp date are on the verso.”



2. “1954 Press Photo The Aero Jeep demonstrating its abilities at the Proving Ground”

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3. Press photo of the M-38A1 next to the “Aero Jeep”, aka the Bobcat, which lost out to MARC’s M-422 Mighty Mite.



5 Comments on “1954 Photo of Aero Jeep Airborne Prototype

  1. Joe

    Looks like Airborne Jeeps are still in military production, this time with the USMC. Even better, you can buy a surplus unit currently up for sale at the GovPlanet website. Thirty-five have already been sold but apparently, there’s still more available for sale. Checkout the current auction at:

    These vehicles are General Dynamics ITV-LSV M1161/M1163 4×4 Growlers and are selling in the 20k to 40k price range.

  2. SteveK

    Those ITVs look like Military Rat Rods… $5K and only 700 miles on one, and some with full canopy covers??? A deal for that type of vehicle if you can use it. Probably very well maintained too.

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