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1953 Willys-Overland Dealer Ad Mats for Newspapers

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

In 1953 Willys-Overland shared these mat examples of ads on one page (15″x20″) with its dealers. I’m amazed that any of these surprised, as it is printed on newspaper.

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Photo of Tour Jeep Navigating the Chimney Rock Jeep Trail on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Started as a private endeavor, Chimney Rock was a tourist attraction for most of the 20th Century (more history here). In 1963 a Jeep Trail was added to the Chimney Rock and a tour jeep began ferrying tour groups up the mountain. The tour company had three modified CJ-6 tour jeeps. This photo was likely taken between 1963 and 1977, when the jeep trail became a walking trail. In 2006 Chimney Rock became a North Carolina State Park.

The photo below was taken from the website, but no longer appears on the history page itself.

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This same photo is available on eBay

“You are bidding on an original press photo of Forest Jeep Trail Chimney Rock Park North Carolina. Photo measures 8 x 10 inches and is not dated.”

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There’s another press photo that is also available on eBay which shows a tour jeep at Hickory Nut Falls, a stop on the way to Chimney Rock:

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“You are bidding on an original press photo of Hickory Nut Falls Tourist Jeep Chimney Rock Prk North Carolina. Photo has creases right corners & slight waving top edge due to too much glue being used to attach the information sheet onto the back of the photo. Photo measures 8 x 10 inches and is dated 8/5/1969.”

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Wannatoy Wagons by Dillon Beck Manufacturing

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE II: I managed to track down all four colors of wagons on eBay.

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The four known colors of the Wannatoy Wagons by Dillon Beck Mfg.

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UPDATE Posted July 2020:  It turns out that I I had “Wanna Toy” as two separate words, but the brand name is actually “Wannatoy”. 

From Chriscollectibles.com: Wannatoy, the trademark of Dillon Beck Manufacturing Co., produced toys made of acetate plastic.  Based in New Jersey, they manufactured numerous toy vehicles (as well as doll house furniture, pot and pan sets and possibly other toys) after the end of WWII through the late 1950s.

From “O’Brien’s Collecting Toy Cars & Trucks” book, 1990, “Wannatoy was among the first toy makers off the starting block at the end of World War II. Of the millions of children born during the war, and the millions more who arrived soon afterward, a good percentage played with Wannatoys.

What seems to have been the company’s first offering, the twenty-five-cent futurist Coupe, was a hit toy for Christmas of 1945, selling a million units that season. With streamlined, Deco-influenced body and bible top, the Couple continued to sell well into the 1950s.”

Here’s an ad (thanks to Andy) from 1952 (available on eBay). The ad suggests there were only three colors of wagons, but doesn’t indicate what those were. So far, I’ve identified four colors (red, green, blue, purple … see them at the bottom of this post).

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And this is an example of the packaging. The company targeted both girl and boys:

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And this is an example of a display box (available with toys on eBay):

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And now for the wagons …Here’s a photo of a blue wagon I just picked up.

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And, this is an example of a (florescent looking) green wagon that I hope to acquire in a few days:

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1949 CJ-3A Stretched Grand Junction, CO $13,900

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/18/2020) Looks like a nice rig.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/728740227662259/

“Selling our 1949 stretched CJ3A willys. Stretched 22 inches 102 inch wheel base 1998 5.7 suburban motor 700 R4 transmission 37 inch tires Detroit lockers front and rear. $13,900 Can provide more pics and info.”

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Year? CJ-3A Deadwood, SD $8500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Last listed in 2012.

(01/28/2012) It’s a crawler.  Unclear if it is road licenses or not.

“Selling my rock crawler one ton running gear 350 fuelie 39.5 super swampers on board air ect..”

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1953 CJ-3B Idaho Falls, ID $7400

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

Look solid. Has a few updates.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/275293883740027/

“Decent shape Willys. A worker/runner. With orig overhead cam engine. Has upgraded 11 inch brakes (orig 8 inch) and an overdrive. Transmission was rebuilt several years ago. Nice rubber all the way around. Ramsey 8000 pound winch on the front. Recent new top, great condition, comes with doors (hiding in the back of the jeep). No leaks, runs great, new carburetor in 2017. Driven very little, mostly sits and I use it to move a car trailer around in and out of the awning area. New exhaust system. (I have the oil bathe filter in storage) Electric wipers replaced the vacuum ones Starts right up, clear title Consider offers, but not insults.”

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1947 CJ-2A Fort Collins, CO Price?

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

The price is currently listed at $144,951 … I’m going to take a wild guess and say that isn’t the actual price.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2694697014145153/

“1947 Willys, new tires, new brakes, new upholstery, everything works, ready to drive and show.”

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CJ-5s & M-38A1s

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, M-38A1

CJ-5s:

  1. 1962 CJ-5 Amarillo, TX $4500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/281480506470050/
  2. 1975 CJ-5 Roswell, NM $2500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/290951255351143/
  3. 1958 CJ_5 Commerce City, CO $2000: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/610647736546871/
  4. 1979 CJ-5 Pocahontas, AR $4500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/607871433185945/
  5. 1956 CJ-5 Evansville, IN $3900: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/190882209014863/
  6. 1979 CJ-5 Reed City, MI $2500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/746408229254306/
  7. 1957 CJ-5 Monument, CO $1800: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/301862031060364/
  8. 1980 CJ-5 Cambridge, IA $2000: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/863585544170296/
  9. 1967 CJ-5 Washington, IN $4000: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1141891189530321/
  10. 1959 CJ-5 Merrill, WI $1500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/288744519133359/
  11. 1966 CJ-5 Madison, WI $3700: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/661940721320575/
  12. 1960 CJ-5 Sterling Heights, MI $3950: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/228201168477597/
  13. 1970 CJ-5 Owosso, MI $4500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2346206102350741/
  14. 1969 CJ-5 Paxton, IL $6900: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/656604251872247/
  15. 1967 CJ-5 Tipton, MO No Price: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2810558395722274/
  16. 1975 CJ-5 Binghamton, NY $5000: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/316245059728866/
  17. 1958 CJ-5 East Jordan, MI $5500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2650510095193005/
  18. 1960 CJ-5 South Salem, OH $2950: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/217503795898201/

M-38A1s:

  1. 1954 M-38A1 Buckner, MO $10,500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/596216957987901/
  2. 1952 M-38A1 Florence, CO $8000: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/716201069178345/
  3. 1956 M-38A1 Rhinelander, WI $4500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/285276709205637/
  4. 1962 M-38A1 Middleville, MI $12,900: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3270943506301237/
  5. 1952 M-38A1 Rockford, IL $3000: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1661439400671446/
  6. 1965 M-38A1 Elizabeth, CO $6000: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2874374852624402/
  7. 1955 M-38A1 Billings, OK $6000: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/508838546469344/
  8. 1960 M-38A1 Lubbock, TX $7500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/197705998345016/
 
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Koenig CJ-5 Hardtop Danville, KY $500

• CATEGORIES: Parts • TAGS: .

The top looks solid, but could use some cleaning and paint.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1216620098696517/

“Koenig top with doors from a 1956 Jeep CJ5. All there and in great condition. It has all the glass, only the drivers door glass is cracked. It’s real nice, not all rusty, came off a Colorado Jeep that has been sitting in a barn since 1977. Asking $500 complete. The top is still on the Jeep, it will be removed when I sell it.”

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Kelly(?) CJ-5s Hardtop Converted to Flatfender Hardtop Marysville, KS $350

• CATEGORIES: Parts • TAGS: .

I think this is a Kelly hardtop for a CJ-5 that has a modified windshield that allows installation on a low-hood flat fender.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3178479222206817/

“Custom hard top, doors and windshield frame for a Willy’s cj2 or cj3A or M38. Custom made with good glass, windshield wipers and rear window wiper, suicide doors and made well. Just need gone. Not going to use anymore!”

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Year? DJ-3A Durango, CO $9000

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UPDATE II: Still Available. 

(06/25/2019) This seems to me to be a later model DJ-3A (has the passenger side vent), but not a Surrey. Overall, it does seem to be in good shape.

Or https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/322763022058563

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1947-cj2a-durango-co1“Red, White & Blue All American Willy’s Jeep

Titled as a 1952 M38 but outfitted as one of the Galas, two-wheel drive, all new undercarriage, including rear differential, 3-speed manual transmission with overdrive. All new clutch, front axle, shocks, springs, tires and wheels. Original engine, runs great. New radiator, hoses, etc. Newer upholstery on seats.

$17,000 invested and appraised between $15,000 and $25,000
Fun! Very unique, great for parades/special events or just delighting the neighborhood.
$10,000 and can be delivered anywhere for the cost of travel

 
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1947 CJ-2A Albuquerque, NM $9000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

May need some work. Has a replacement body.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/693321977884830/

“Selling a beautiful 1947 Willy’s CJ2A MB! Has a Flathead 4 that runs excellent. She comes with a lot of extra parts, 100% Rust FREE! Check out this amazing little truck for yourself. 80% of the way there, all that’s left are cosmetics that need a little updating”

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1948 CJ-2A Fort Morgan, CO $6500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

Wills need brakes at the very least.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/202080951178247/

“Great condition lots of extra parts not sure of mileage will need brakes boogies right down the road”

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1964 M-677 Fraser, CO $22,000

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Lacks engine and transmission.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/310369813667086/

“Very rare M677 crew cab Jeep M677. USMC took possession in 1964 Vin number 10333 No motor/ trans. Otherwise very complete. Purchased to restore/ collection. But offering for sale if someone can do it justice before I get to it”

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1947 CJ-2A Lehi, UT $10,999

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(06/02/2020) Looks solid.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/814537635722038/

“Listing for my dad. I can take texts as try to answer questions. Jeep is located in Lehi:

1947 Willyz CJ2A Flat fender, amazing Jeep that has been completely restored, engine has been recently rebuilt, transmission, transfer case rebuilt. I have gone through the axles and brakes and replaced anything that needed replaced. When bought I rhino lined the whole tub and painted the exterior with a textured paint. There is a top that’s on the Jeep in the pictures and then another that has doors and encloses the entire Jeep. It has a heater that makes it nice and toast inside during the winter and on the deer hunt. Any other questions that arise please don’t hesitate to ask. Not going to give this away considering I have way more money into it then I’m asking. Price is OBO but please no nonsense.”

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1946 CJ-2A Livonia, MI $1300

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(07/15/2020) This includes a 2nd rolling chassis with f-head.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/257885398837121/

“1946 cj2a flat fender jeep PROJECT rat rod it, restore it or off road it. Price is $1,300 firm for both. May seperate for the right price. Has lots of rust-has sat outside for years Will Crank but doesnt run Tires are flat but will air up to get on trailer No title- bill of sale included. Mostly complete I have the seat frames (not pictured) 2nd frame (junk) complete with axles, engine, trans, transfer case, ect.”

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1949 CJ-3A Parker, CO $6000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/16/2020) Includes a Kelly/KEMCO/Beck half top.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/662130214603314/

“This is a 1949 cj3a willys with a clean PA title needs work but is in good condition for age. This is a project, it appears the body has shifted forward so it needs to be taken down to frame and put back together engine was running a year ago. Comes with all extra parts shown in picture to many to list.”

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1953 CJ-3A Appleton, WI $12,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(07/31/2020) The body has some unusual mods.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/298347278179934/

“1951 WILLYS JEEP, BARN FIND. RUNS & DRIVES, HAVE TITLE, HARD TOP & NEW SOFT TOP.
12,990 MILES, 60HP/134 CU. IN “GO DEVEL” 4 CYL FLATHEAD. 3 SPEED W/ HI/LO TRANSFER CASE, COMES WITH MILITARY GAS CAN, & BRASS FIRE EXTINGUISHER, MILITARY TIRES W/ NEW SPARE. NEW BATTERY , SHOP & SERVICE MANUALS, PARTS RECEIPTS.”

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1946 CJ-2A St. George, UT $4500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(06/17/2020) Sits on a Suzuki chassis and appears to have a replacement tub, so not much 2A left.

https://stgeorge.craigslist.org/cto/d/santa-clara-1946-cj2a/7162670285.html

or https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/684552228762810/

“1946 Willys CJ2A project. Built on Suzuki Samurai chassis. Chevy 350 with T90 trans and Dana 18 transfer case. All have been resealed, trans and transfer were rebuilt. Set up to be a fun cruiser and off roader, not a serious rock crawler. Body, chassis, wheels, Powertrain all painted. Zero rust, always stored in garage. No wiring, no seats.”

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Cutlas 1961 Power-Lock and Selective Drive Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features • TAGS: .

The Form-104 Selective drive brochure I’ve seen previously, but I’ve not seen the 1961 Power-Lock brochure.

This Power-Lock brochure is a tri-fold brochure that folds from 3.5″ x 5.5″ to 10.5″ x 5.5″

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This folded Cutlass Selective drive brochure has a form number of 104, but lacks a date. It is small, only folding in half from 3.5″ x 5.5″ to 7″ x 5.5″

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The “Jeep Club” of El Paso, Texas

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

A January 18, 1953, article in the El Paso Times shared the story of seven young men who formed “the jeep club”. There was no fancy name attached to it. They guys liked to explore the surrounding mountains, hunt jack rabbits, trap coyotes, and play with their jeeps.

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On the same page as the jeep article was an article about the first mail route in the United States, one that operated between Roswell and Torrance, New Mexico. The mail (and the occasional passengers) were ferried on the YELLOW DEVIL, an assemblage of discarded auto parts; that kind of sounds like a few jeeps I’ve known.

Obviously, this article was written before the aliens reached Roswell, because, rather than known for “progress of modern development (was it really known for that?)”, it’s pretty much famous for other-worldly visitors.

Make sure to reach the final story, one in the far right lower corner. Need rats for an experiment? One scientist discovered an easy way to get them …

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A CJ-2A Joins the Circus Ballet

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This photo from July 04, 1946, in the Portola Register (out of Portola, California) shows famed clown Emmet Kelly helping Aileen Darnay step out of a CJ-2A, a jeep that was new to the circus. I wonder if the “WILLYS JEEP” painted on the hood was a form of advertising that reduced the cost of the jeep to the circus?

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Postcard of Wisconsin Deer Park on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Here’s another example of a Wisconsin Dells Jeep Train, probably from the mid-1960s.

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“3-1/2 x 5-1/2 (Standard Size) postcard.”

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Originally Posted April of 2017: Seth spotted this postcard depicting a jeep pulling visitor trams at the Wisconsin Deer Park at the Wisconsin Dells. Opened in the 1950s (see history here), the park still operates, but there’s no evidence that the trams are still used, The closest thing to a jeep tram is a kids train.

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1945 Photo Gen. Omar Bradley and Mar. Ivan Koev on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Library Collections, Old Images

UPDATE: Here’s a second version of this press photo.

Also, Thanks to Lester (who found a front view of this same jeep in the Concord Armor At War series # 7058 titled The US Army Jeep at War by Steven Zaloga on page 70) we also now know that the inscription reads: To the Commander of the First Ukrainian Army Group from Soldiers of the American Armies of the 12th Army Group ….  Lester believes the same thing is painted in Russian on the hood. The jeep also has the insignia of the major formations of Bradleys command on the cowling between the hood and windshield. Finally, apparently the picture in the book clearly shows the two extra holes in the front bumper making it a GPW model.

Here’s another press photo that captures the gift of a jeep by General Omar Bradley to Marshal Ivan Konev of the Russian Army. Six days later, Marshal Konev responded in kind with the gift of a horse to General Bradley, the inspection of which was captured in the latter half of this video.

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“This is an original press photo. Bradley, Omar (General) (United States of America). General Omar Bradley, commander of the United States Twelfth Army Group, presents an American carbine and jeep foreground to Marshal Ivan Konev of the Russian Army following banquet celebrating the victories of their troops, near Berlin, May 5. This photo was taken by William C. Allen Associated Press Photographer with the wartime still picture pool. Photo measures 10.5 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 5-5-1945.”

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Here’s another photo of the two with the jeep from Pintrest, which originally found it within the Truman Archives. The there are other jeep photos in the archives:

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Marshal Koniev (foreground, second from left) receives a United States Army Jeep as a gift from General Omar Bradley (foreground, left). General Bradley, commander of the United States 12th Army Group, had crossed over into Russian lines to meet Marshal Koniev, commander of the Russian 1st Ukrainian Army Group’s headquarters which was then located southeast of Torgau. All others are unidentified.

This photo is part of a series of photos shared by the families of famous Russian/Soviet families. There are other photos on this page that captured the first documented meeting of Russians and Americans on April 25,1945, near the German town of Torgau on the Elbe river.

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1949? CJ-2A Morrison, CO $9500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Looks in good shape. This has a drip pan along the front cowl edge. It might be a very late 2A.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/901429420353142/

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“Clean, all original 1949 Willys Jeep. This Jeep is a Colorado original Jeep and was a barn find. It is rust free. Has all the original drivetrain including the original Go Devil l134 that doesn’t smoke or burn oil. Electrical system was updated to 12 volt, has a working heater in the cockpit, and does have a hookup for towing behind a truck or camper. This thing purrs like a kitten down the road! In all the years of looking at and driving old Willys Jeeps, this is by far the best I have seen. It does have a clear Colorado title. Always stored in a garage and only driven gently on paved roads since I have had it. Serious inquiries only and no low-ball offers.”