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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.historicvehicle.org/national-historic-vehicle-register/vehicles/president-reagan-1962-willys-jeep-universal-model-cj-6/

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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 Auction

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

https://www.auctionzip.com/auction-lot/lot_2C84AF79A5

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

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UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $17,000.

(08/08/2020) This sure looks good.

“1952 M38A1 restored jeep for sale. Engine, transmissions, and differentials rebuilt. Military signal lights, Military aluminum top with hot water heater. No rust, frame, body, and top painted air force blue. 24 volt electrical system,
pictures available $19000 OBO.”

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1954 M-38A1 Fitzwilliam, NH **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $12,500.

Looks in good shape.

“1954 M38A1 fully equipped. All original. Like new a time capsule. Included is a replica Browning Machine gun . fun machine”

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1955 M-38A1 with M40 106MM Rifle Purcellville, VA $60,000

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This has been available for at least a few months. I wonder how many of these M-38A1s are left with a rifle?

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/561343288064970/

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“M38A1 With Mounted M40 106mm Recoilless Rife The M38A1 was the first vehicle to feature the round fender design that would later become the distinguishing body style of the CJ-5 (part of the Universal CJ series). Produced first in 1952, following the retirement of the M38 model, the M38-A1 was re-designed as an “stand-alone” improvement, featuring round front fenders, a contoured hood, a two-piece windshield, top mounted windshield wipers, and powered by the new “Hurricane” F-Head engine and Warner T90 transmission.

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1954 M-38A1 w/ Trailer Oregon, WI $12,000

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/29/2020) Looks like a solid combo.

https://madison.craigslist.org/cto/d/oregon-1954-willys-jeep-with-trailer/7114741817.html

“1954 Willys-Jeep with matching trailer”

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1952 M-38A1 Madisonville, KY **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5800.

Robin noticed that this doesn’t have a battery box; yet it does have all the other characteristics of an M-38A1 body (and does not have the CJ-5 body branding). Anyone have any thoughts as to why?

“Has hard top that can be removed new tired and brakes.”

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1953 M-38A1 Forest, VA $12,800

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Looks good.

https://lynchburg.craigslist.org/cto/d/evington-willys-army-jeep-m38a1/7093527479.html

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“1953 Army Jeep
24 volt
Black out lights
Siren
Original condition to the M38A1
Completely restored
4×4
4 cylinder ( Hercules )
3 speed
No rust
Undercarriage very clean
Excellent condition all around
LOCATED IN FOREST VIRGINIA”

 
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1955 M-38A1 Yucaipa, CA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Bill shared this nice looking M-38A1. The jeep’s supposed to have only 4850 miles on it, but given the engine was likely pulled and painted (and rebuilt?) at some point, I find that claim hard to believe. Perhaps they are miles after engine rebuild? There are a few other clues that body parts were repainted as well at some point.
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“1955 M38A1 Willys Jeep ONLY 4,850 original miles! I’ve had a couple of these and this one drives amazing. It is super complete with all of the knickknacks even the original 50 cal gun mount as you can see in the pictures ! Currently registered, clean clear CA title in hand.
Underwater hurricane engine !

It runs drives steers stops great all 4×4 has been tested and works great as well. Drives very nice for its age! no rust issues it is solid inside and out, you won’t be disappointed with this one ! I do have a original soft top side windows and soft doors, the doors and side windows are in pretty good shape but the soft top will need a little bit of work or replaced. This jeep is located in Yucaipa California .”

 
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1952 M-38A1 Brownfield, ME $12,000

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Looks in good shape.

https://maine.craigslist.org/for/d/brownfield-1952-willys-m38-a1/7087444259.html

“1952 Willys M38-A1. This is a restored willys in beautiful shape. Needs nothing. Brand new warn winch. Custom stereo. Serious inquires only.”

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1954 M-38A1 Winder, GA $10,900

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UPDATE: This is also on eBay, but with a lower price of $10,900.

This M-38A1 looks in good shape.

http://www.warjeeps.com/mjs/sale20/adm023/adm023.html

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“Lots of work done, good driver/parade truck. This is my client’s Jeep and I’ve done 99.9% of the work to it since he acquired it. He is moving in a different direction in the hobby and is putting the Jeep up for sale and since I’ve done all the work for the last 4+ years, I’m helping him sell it.

Details: Currently registered and tagged in Georgia, current owner has the title from the prior owner in Florida (Georgia will not title anything built prior to 1963). Located in Winder, Ga. Vehicle has recently been serviced with new oil and filter, all fluids checked, all zerks greased, etc. All systems on vehicle function as they should: Engine, drivetrain, 4wd, gauges, lights, parking brake, etc.

Condition: Vehicle is in very good driver or parade duty condition. Sheetmetal is above average, but not perfect. Both front fenders were wrinkled at some point and straightened. They are acceptable in their current condition but a new owner looking for show quality perfection will probably want to replace them. Tub corners, rockers, cowl and rear panel are excellent. Vehicle had a replacement floor pan installed at some point and the job was done competently. Rear panel is straight and has never had a tailgate cut in. Windshield is correct M-series Jeep (it’s an M170 ambulance Jeep model, but it’s identical to M38A1 other than two small brackets on top for stretchers) and has new glass and weatherstripping. Vehicle retains all of its original 24V system (25A generator, external regulator, blackout lights, etc.). Most of the wiring is new and retains the original Douglas connectors. The paint is older and a few spots have been touched up but overall it’s a clean and presentable vehicle. Vehicles runs very well, will maintain 50mph, transmission doesn’t pop out of 2nd gear like so many T90s, transfer works like it should, etc. Carburetor is the correct Carter YS950, etc.
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1953 M-38A1 Lufkin, TX $10,000

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Mark listed this over at warjeeps.com.

http://www.warjeeps.com/mjs/sale20/adm043/adm043.html

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“Complete Frame-Off restoration completed in 2018. Motor, transmission, transfer case, front and rear end are original equipment. It has 24,000 original miles. This is a no rust Jeep. It is equipped with an overhead cam 4 cylinder engine. The Jeep shifts great, motor has excellent compression. The transfer case is smooth in low range or high range 4 wheel drive. The frame was sanded and repainted and no rust was evident. New gas tank, brakes, brake lines, master cylinder, hoses and belts. New paint is correct military specs for this authentic Korean War Period Jeep. The interior is new with correct seats. It has the original 24 volt system that works without a flaw. This Jeep has a clean title showing it was purchased from the US Government. Equipped with a new full canvas top. Runs and drives great.”

 
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1953 M-38A1 Benton City, WA $6700

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UPDATE: Price dropped to $6700.

(01/11/2020) Looks solid.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2399347760317982/

“1953 Military Jeep M38A1. Selling my military jeep. Lots of work done, including, brakes, new radiator, new top, batteries, and much more.. This jeep has no rust!!. Body in great shape. A great survivor. Selling to fund another project. Has original 24 volt electrical system. Comes with Overdrive transmission/PTO. Also has side canvas doors. (Full winter top). Also has factory hard top, but do not have hard top doors.”

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1953 M-38A1 Chelsea, AL $13,900

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Looks in good shape. Includes a trailer.

https://bham.craigslist.org/cto/d/chelsea-jeep-38a/7068261521.html

“1953 M-38 A Military Jeep and Matching Trailer. All original with all assecories. Runs good Hurricane 4-cyc. Engine, 3-sp. Manual trans. Very nice.”

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1952 M-38A1 Chepachet, RI $10,500

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/02/2019) Looks solid.

https://nh.craigslist.org/cto/d/chepachet-1952-military-jeep/7056290858.html

“1952 Jeep M38A1, excellent condition, new clutch, carb, brakes, upholstery, top, has dummy 30 cal. Center mount machine gun with original mount, runs and drives very well, $10500”

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1952 M-38A1 Sanford, ME $11,000

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UPDATE: Price dropped to $11,000.

(11/09/2019) Appears in good shape.

https://maine.craigslist.org/cto/d/sanford-willys-jeep/7049556660.html

“1952 M38A1 Jeep Willys.
No metal patches and no bondo.
Frame in excellent shape.
Runs and drives great!”

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1953 M-38A1 Diamondhead, LA $8500

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This may have some Cutlas Bulldog hubs.

https://gulfport.craigslist.org/cto/d/diamondhead-1953-m38a1-military-jeep/7039113160.html

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“This is one of last 2 of 9 military vehicles sold from my collection, It is is a M38A1 and is in fair to good condition. I describe this jeep as being partially restored. While it does have some minor rust, it would not take much effort to restore it. The body is complete and seems to be in decent shape. Add a new paint job and you will have a nice looking jeep. The jeep runs and drives very well. It starts right up and the brakes seem to also work well. The tires are dry rot and need to be replaced. It comes with a nicely done Plastic Replica 30 caliber machine gun with 4+ ‘ stand and 30 caliber cartridge box (needs to be installed on Jeep) plus what appears to be a Vietnam era flak jacket. Interested parties are encouraged to personally inspect and drive the vehicle. It does not have a title and I doubt it has ever been titled.”

 
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1953 M-38A1 USMC? Nantucket Island, MA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6500.

The eBay buy-it-now price of $6500 looks like a good price. Could be a USMC jeep.

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“This 1953 M38A1 is in good condition considering its age, starts easily, and the engine runs well. If you are a collector, restorer, or just someone who loves fun vehicles, this is a rare gem and a great island toy and should not be missed!

This vehicle was purchased in 2005 fully restored. It includes all of the cool features of the M38A1 such as the 24 volt electrical system, the blackout lights, foot starter switch, 3 speed transmission with low/high transfer, rear mounted gas can, and more.

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1952 M-38A1 Tulsa, OK $11,500

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Looks in good shape.

https://tulsa.craigslist.org/cto/d/tulsa-1952-m38a1-willys-jeep/6984368423.html

“Korean War Jeep, off the body restoration, 4cylinder Hurricane engine, 3 speed manual, 4 wheel drive, added locking hubs. Vehicle’s history = from the Marine Corp to US Air Force at Tinker, to the Civil Defense, to private ownership and found in a barn.”

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1953 M-38A1 Farmington, MI **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $9500.

(05/10/2019) Looks solid.

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“1953 Willys military jeep m38a1
I’ve owned this jeep for 2 years , was restored 15 years ago by previous owner, i’ve only driven it a few times to car shows & parades, currently plated & insured. I don’t drive it enough to keep it. It’s a 7 on a scale from 0 to 10.

A lot was done when restored,
new tires (5)
new complete wiring harness
has canvas top on it now but has complete new full canvas included ( top, doors, sides )
military paint with military markings
new drive line parts, tie rods, u-joints, brake lines, radiator
many take off parts that were saved when replaced
new batteries with battery tender & master disconnect switch”

 

 
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1953 M-38A1 Madison, GA $9995

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Looks in good shape.

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/eat/cto/d/rutledge-m38-willys-military-jeep-1953/6901017217.html

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“1953 M38 Willys Military Jeep with 30 caliber replica machine gun and radios. Overall good condition and a head turner! The paint job is probably an 8. The radios worked the last time I tried them however they are designed for 24v system and the Willys was converted to 12v and need more juice to operate fully. There are a few small rusted areas (floor board, battery compartment) and I can get additional photos if you have serious interest. The windshield does not have wipers. The siren is not currently working. I’m not sure if its a wiring, motor issue or just needs some tlc. It is very loud however when it works. I put a new carburetor on it and have the original. If it sits for a short time I usually have to put a little fuel in the carb to start it. It runs well and has been used in parades, festivals and ice cream runs in town but just don’t use it that much anymore since I moved”

 

 
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1952 M-38A1 Upland, CA $10,500

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Looks in good shape. It’s been converted to 12 volt.

https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/cto/d/alta-loma-1952-jeep-willys-m38a1/6887872057.html

“1952 Willyʼs Jeep m38a1 navy Jeep in navy grey fully restored runs and drives great straight body no rust California jeep electrical has been converted to 12V runs and drives great”

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1952 M-38A1 Edgewater, MD **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $9550.

Could be worth a look. Seller has never put it in four-wheel-drive.

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“his posting is for a 1952 Willys M38-A1 (US Army) Jeep with 59,182 miles. Stored indoors in a climate-controlled warehouse. Beautifully patinaed it runs great and starts every time. Top end is 60 MPH on a flat road (if you’re leaning forward). New starter, coil, five tires and tubes. Gas tank has been cleaned and sealed. Recent oil change. Four-cylinder 4-134 F engine with three speed T90 transmission that runs strong, but does leak a little oil . New complete engine/seal kit comes with the vehicle. Transfer case may or may not work, never put in four-wheel drive. 24-volt electrical system with built in trickle charger. Has roof bow but I’ve never had the canvas top (inexpensive and readily available). Lots of period extras, including practice grenade (drilled and used as shifter), hula girl, ammo box, 1951 oil can mounted to floor with a coffee cup holder, knapsack mounted to back of seat for storage, cut off key for security in glove box, rear view mirror, shovel under hood, blackout light works, Korean War canteen for radiator overflow, gas can, whip antennae, two-ton grill plate,hemp rope, tow hitch and hooks, and latch seat belts from a 1960 Havilland bomber.
Clean title. Vin#17272”