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1952 M-38A1 Feasterville-Trevose, PA $15,000

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John spotted this nice M-38A1.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/897764141882999

“Very clean Good condition”

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1953 M-38A1 Black Mountain, NC $18,000

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Bill shared this nice looking M-38A1 with some good history. This is listed on eBay with a “Make Offer” option.

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“Korean War Navy jeep for sale.  It was a shore patrol vehicle on the USS Dunn County LST-742.  My dad bought it from an American Legion Museum In Spartanburg SC where it was restored.  My dad use to drive it in the veterans parade in our town.  We just installed a new carberator and it runs and drives good.  Comes with a real .30 cal machine gun mounted on the passenger side that been made inoperable ”

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1960 M-38A1 NEKAF Bethlehem, PA $8500

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This is for sale on eBay. Thanks to Bill for sharing it.

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“There just aren’t many of these available. STOCK MILITARY.
Clear Pennsylvania title. Has been stored in a barn: perfect for restoration. ………………This M38A1 uses a waterproof 24 volt system. That has not been modified. Two new 12 volt in-series batteries, their original cables, “T” ignition post, floor-push pedal ignition, voltage regulator, starter, generator, internally housed points, cond, cap, wires and sealed plugs are all in working order: some new. The vehicle starts, runs and drives. The brakes, clutch, transfer case, HI/low trans, linkage cables, emergency brake, steering gear, suspension (needs shocks), and low- mile military tires are all are in good working order. Throttle, choke, crankcase vent handles and cables operate as designed. An aftermarket fuel pump, f/p regulator and hoses were added however the original fuel pump, hard lines, fittings, mounts and cables were left in their original positions: disarmed. A new fuel tank was purchased but not hooked up……….
Corrosion exists at the side panels , below the spare tire, some at rear floor behind the tank. An experienced restorer inspected the vehicle and stated the body is nice and solid and all existing corrosion is basic and easily reparable. …………

Everywhere else: the hood, (an original shovel is mounted beneath), fenders, windshield, grill, interior front floor, rear deck, wheel wells and dash (some corrosion lower left) are in good condition. This is a Dutch Army NEKAF with that nation’s” Koninklijke Landmacht” modifications intact: The Dutch Army radiator, auxiliary power outlets inside and out, the ‘guarded’ side mounted marker lights, blackout lights and speedo in Kilometers.

MOTOR: This 134 cu in Hurricane 4 cylinder engine compression tested at 70,65,70,70. Not Good. These should be around 130. The plugs are black (but not wet), it runs too rich and throttles poorly. I have run it through all three forward gears in both high and low and reverse as well. (The Borg Warner T-90 operates well). The diagnostic on the motor halted this individual’s restoration project. An engine tear-down and rebuild is required: something not covered by my “MOS”, but perfect for a genuine military vehicle restorer. I have videos of this vehicle running. …….Also included on this NEKAF is an Army M-222 signal generator, whip antenna, antenna mount, and an unrelated handset. The original working canvas top (good. Dirty but no rips or wear spots. All snaps and fasteners function. The rear window is in excellent condition), folding frame, support bars with all straps intact installs perfectly. A jerry can, mount, rear mounted spare are included. Tires are period military and like new. The seats front and rear are original. Spares include new fuel lines for the original fuel system and new red primered tank, an additional 24 volt generator, fording hose, 1 gallon of correct paint, 2 new drive belts, new under-fuel tank felts, grease tubes, wheel cylinders, extra side mirror and arm, wheel chocks, hydraulic jack etc

 
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1952 M-38A1 Post Falls, ID **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $15,450.

This is a nice looking M-38A1.Thanks to JohnB for sharing it.

“1952 M38A1 restored Military jeep for sale. Engine, transmissions, and differentials rebuilt. Military signal lights, Military aluminum top with military hot water heater. No rust, frame, body, and top painted air force blue. 24 volt electrical system,”

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1960 M-38A1 Dutch Nekaf Bethlehem, PA eBay

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Bill shared this very rare Dutch Nekaf for sale on eBay. I’ve only documented about six of these in the US.

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“Clear Pennsylvania title. Has been stored in a barn: perfect for restoration. Corrosion exists at the side panels , below the spare tire, some at rear floor behind the tank. An experienced restorer inspected the vehicle and stated the body is nice and solid and all existing corrosion is basic and easily reparable.

Everywhere else: the hood, (an original shovel is mounted beneath), fenders, windshield, grill, interior front floor, rear deck, wheel wells and dash (some corrosion lower left) are in good condition.

This is a Dutch Army NEKAF with that nation’s” Koninklijke Landmacht” modifications intact: The Dutch Army radiator, auxiliary power outlets inside and out, the ‘guarded’ side mounted marker lights, blackout lights and speedo in Kilometers. This M38A1 uses a waterproof 24 volt system. That has not been modified. Two new 12 volt in-series batteries, their original cables, “T” ignition post, floor-push pedal ignition, voltage regulator, starter, generator, internally housed points, cond, cap, wires and sealed plugs are all in working order: some new.

The vehicle starts, runs and drives. The brakes, clutch, transfer case, HI/low trans, linkage cables, emergency brake, steering gear, suspension (needs shocks), and low- mile military tires are all are in good working order. Throttle, choke, crankcase vent handles and cables operate as designed. An aftermarket fuel pump, f/p regulator and hoses were added however the original fuel pump, hard lines, fittings, mounts and cables were left in their original positions: disarmed. A new fuel tank was purchased but not hooked up.

MOTOR: This 134 cu in Hurricane 4 cylinder engine compression tested at 70,65,70,70. Not Good. These should be around 130. The plugs are black (but not wet), it runs too rich and throttles poorly. I have run it through all three forward gears in both high and low and reverse as well. (The Borg Warner T-90 operates well). The diagnostic on the motor halted this individual’s restoration project. An engine tear-down and rebuild is required: something not covered by my “MOS”, but perfect for a genuine military vehicle restorer.

I have videos of this vehicle running. …….Also included on this NEKAF is an Army M-222 signal generator, whip antenna, antenna mount, and an unrelated handset. The original working canvas top (good. Dirty but no rips or wear spots. All snaps and fasteners function. The window is in excellent condition), folding frame, support bars with all straps intact installs perfectly. A jerry can, mount, rear mounted spare are included. Tires are period military and like new. The seats front and rear are original. Spares include new fuel lines for the original fuel system and new red primered tank, an additional 24 volt generator, fording hose, 1 gallon of correct paint, 2 new drive belts, new under-fuel tank felts, grease tubes, wheel cylinders, extra side mirror and arm, wheel chocks, hydraulic jack etc.”

 
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1953 M-38A1 Forney, TX $11,000

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This may be worth a look. It’s got the early grille and fenders.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/828684072036001

“1953 Willys M38A1 Jeep. Runs and drives great! Clean title, and road legal. Original F134 engine and transmission, and 24V electrical system. Garage kept, and maintained.”

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1953 M-38A1 & Trailer Stockton, IA **SOLD**

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Update: **sold** was $14,500.

Jeep and trailer in good shape.

https://quadcities.craigslist.org/cto/d/stockton-1953-willys-jeep-m38a1/7625441886.html

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“Real Willys 1953 M38A1 had been fully restored several years ago keeping true to originality.

All the lights work . Original 24 volt.

1967 Stevens trailer restored last 5 years, new paint,tires and brakes, lights and wiring. EXCELLENT Restored like a new one

Underneath is excellent. I do drive it and I take it in the woods in 4 wheel drive.

14,500 for both. OFFERS If you can’t take the time to see it don’t bother. No low ball offers- won’t sell the trailer first. Will remove add when sold. I am a private collector, purchased 4 years ago from an Army Vet who owned it about 20 years. He specially lettered this vehicle in tribute to his fallen friend. Selling as is No warranty. Located 6 miles West of Blue Grass.”

 
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1952 M-38A1 Gilbert, AZ BaT Auction

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John spotted this nice looking M-38A1 at Bring-a-Trailer. The current bid is $10,000.

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1952-willys-willys-m38a1/

“This 1952 Willys M38A1 is finished in drab green with US Army-style graphics over khaki canvas upholstery and is powered by a 134ci inline-four mated to a three-speed manual transmission and a dual-range transfer case. Features include a beige canvas soft top, 15″ steel wheels, a Jerry can mount, a water fording system, and a 24-volt electrical system. The truck is said to have been refurbished under prior ownership and was acquired by the seller in early 2022. Subsequent work reportedly involved rebuilding the carburetor, flushing the fuel system, and installing a deep water valve system in addition to replacing the voltage regulator, ignition wires, springs, and front tie rods. This M38A1 is offered with miscellaneous manuals, a storage bag, partial service records, and a clean Arizona title in the seller’s name.”

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1953 M-38A1 Tillamook, OR $10,000

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UPDATE: Price dropped to $10,000.

Looks in good shape.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/944011369955063\

“1953 M3A1 Jeep.‘Original metal, seems to have been repainted at some point. Starts and drives great”

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1953 M-38A1 Union, MO $8480

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UPDATE: Price now $8480.

(01/05/2022) Looks in good shape.

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/ctd/d/union-1953-jeep-m38-military-great/7565496002.html

“This is a 1953 Willys military jeep. It is not perfect but has been saved and redone in many areas. Mechanically good it runs and drives. The carburetor has been rebuilt and the jeep has new batteries. The 24 volt military electrical system in intact and most work. An electric fuel pump has been installed. Sure it is old and not a high speed truck. But rolling history in relativly good condition. The jeep is sold with a bill of sale”

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1953 M-38A1C North Truro, MA $8500

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This might be a good price.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/787377292355887

“Willys. 1953 M38A1C. Have Title. Just passed the MA inspection. 24 Volt original system, new spark plugs, new batteries, canvas top, jerry can, 4 wheel drive, high/low all work great. Runs great. Bring a plate and drive this baby home.”

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1955 M-38A1 Flatwoods, KY $15,000

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Tom shared this nice looking M-38A1.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1738091796542955

“Real 1955 Willys military jeep. Just put 5000 into motor. Comes with soft top and nonfunctional 50 cal machine gun.”

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1952 M-38A1 Hico, TX **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Bill shared this early M-38A1 for sale. If that’s an original body, it’s in great shape.

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“1952 M38A1 Military Jeep Parade Quality
This a dry country vehicle based in Texas and Arizona
Excellent condition runs and drives well
Street legal
4X4 high and low with lock outs
New Carburetor
New Brakes
New Batteries
Windshield Wipers are manual
Tires are excellent
Fresh service and grease
New plugs ,Distributor,Plug wires, points,condenser, and coil.
24 volt Military system with water proof wiring.
Mileage is showing 40782
Everything works with the exception of front Blackout Lights , Vacuum Wipers , Horn, and Fuel Gauge .

 
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1953 M-38A1 Doylestown, PA $14,900

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UPDATE: Back up for sale; price dropped to $14,900. Steve shared this jeep.

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/d/jeep-willys-m38a1/7494904220.html

“1952 Restored M38A1. Antique License Plate, drive on road. Over $21,000 paid in parts/service(receipts). Engine, Carburetor, Trans, Transfer case, Front/Rear Axles rebuilt by “Army Jeep Parts”. Have military top also. Exhaust manifold & Exhaust, New Brakes, New Windshield, New Tires, 4 WWII Helmets and liners, Seat Belts, New Electrical wiring, New Fuel Tank & lines, New Seat canvas.”

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1952 M-38A1 Sutter Creek, CA $8000

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Appears worth a look.

https://goldcountry.craigslist.org/cto/d/sutter-creek-jeep-m38a1-1952/7361373790.html

“Drivable m38a1 jeep original motor matching vin#( motor# and 2 vin# plates) needs restoration but very original and complete plus new winter top/doors and fording kit snorkel and exhaust. extra front and rear axle and many extra”

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1953 M-38A1 Charlton, MA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $16,000.

This looks in good shape.

“1953 M38A1 original condition. 24 volt system, I have all the original parts that were replaced, seats, some lights, front fender. Fun to drive and to show. It is a 1953 jeep, Ma title in hand. Excellent condition.”

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1953 M-38A1 East Hants, NS, Canada $21,600 (CDN?)

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Ian spotted this nice looking jeep for sale in Nova Scotia. The pics show one light out, but it’s been fixed since then.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/815431855752291

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“Can guarantee that all the lights work. Totally restored.  … US Army 1953 M38A1 Willys Korean War providence – served with US Army airborne unit. Restored to showroom condition. Original engine, new carburettor, new canopy and seat covers. Lots spare parts.”

 

 
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1954 M-38A1 Charlotte, VT $15,000

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Looks in good shape.

https://vermont.craigslist.org/cto/d/charlotte-1954-army-m38a1-jeep/7337844102.html

“Beautifully restored 1954 Army M38A1 Jeep. Ready for inspection.”

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1952 M-38A1 Redmond, OR **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $7000.

This looks like a good price.

“1952 WILLYS M38A1 MILITARY JEEP”

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1953 M-38A1 Lawrence, KS $7500

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Looks pretty stock.

https://lawrence.craigslist.org/cto/d/lawrence-1953-m38a1/7309970709.html

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“$500 and 15 hours and it can be running and driving great. We parked it when we were putting a tune up on it about 4 years ago. Points were bad and then I got sidetracked.
It is 24 volt. It does seem to be all original.
After you, Grease it. Batteries. Coil, fluids and it’s close to on it’s way. This isn’t a big project. It’s some minor repairs and you’re off. Tires are excellent.
Bill of sale only. Spell it Willys. Willy’s. Jeep.
Not a cj5 cj7.
Military
Almost no rust through. It has been restored before. Surface rust where the paint has worn.
I have a bunch of other pictures detailing the body. “

 
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1953 M-38A1 USMC Elk Horn, IA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Bill shared this M-38A1 for sale. The seller doesn’t note it, but the bumpers suggest this to be the USMC variant. This also has the Selector-Style Free-Lock branded hubs. It’s the first time I’ve seen that style of Selector branded Free-Lock (the others I’ve seen have been the more squat version and/or the more polished version).

“This is a 1953 M38A1 jeep that I did a full frame off restoration and engine rebuild. The horn does not work. Drives well. New canvas seats. Low miles on almost new tires. Clear Iowa Title.”

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Ronald Reagan’s Jeeps

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UPDATE: Joe-in-Mesa shared this pic of Ronald Reagan driving Mikhail Gorbachev around his ranch in his beloved Jeep Scrambler. The image was part of a Calendar his parents had.

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Four Wheeler Magazine has a collection of photos showing both his CJ-6 and his CJ-8 Scrambler. Not shown in the Four Wheeler pics, but shown at the bottom, is the M-38A1 purchased by the Secret Service.

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Originally Posted November 12, 2020: The CJ-3B

A recent post highlighted Presidents and Jeeps. Included was a stock photo showing Ronald Reagan in his late model CJ-3B:

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Originally Posted March 30, 2016: The CJ-6

Former President Ronald Reagan’s CJ-6 was awarded national historic status in 2016 when it was placed on the National Register of Historic Vehicles. You can learn more here: https://www.hagerty.com/drivers-club/my-garage/78598943/national-historic-vehicle-register/a5c43c08-c897-4387-9edd-a9ffe6df3180

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Originally Posted May 10, 2013:  This M-38A1 was for sale for $50,000 in 2010.

Well, if you are looking for a special Jeep for your collection and you love Presidential Stuff, then this is the jeep for you.  Ronald Reagan’s personal M-38A1 which he owned from 1982 – 1996, before donating it.  It’s now in the hands of a collector who wishes to sell it.

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1952 M-38A1 Parks, AZ **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was on eBay.

Bill shared this nice looking M-38A1.

“Rust free1952 M38A1 in very good condition. Period correct paint color with correct military vehicle markings. Older restoration with like-new canvas with a working military radio. Too much to list so please check out all the pictures. I Will upload pictures shortly. Please email if you have any questions or desire specific pictures. Runs great looks outstanding. Won’t find a better-priced M38A1. New steering worm shaft, ball joints, U-joints, and shackles. Period correct locking hubs and so much more using original NOS parts. Also has the original engine with matching MD data plate numbers. Battery tender wired into the 24-volt system”

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Year? M-38A1 Bucharest, Romania **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was Auctioned.

This M-38A1 looks well maintained. If you are in Europe, this might be worth considering.

“Willys Jeep, part of the equipment of the American army during the detachments in South Korea, 1956”

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1955 M-38A1 McArthur, OH $15,000

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This looks like a nice restoration.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/687846475475596/

“I’m selling for a friend. It is a 1955 M38A1 military Jeep. He has military tires and several additional parts he has accumulated during the restoration of the vehicle. Price is $15,000”

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