M-38A1 Research Archives


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1952? M-38A1? Livingston, TX $6950


For the price, this could be worth a look. Though listed as a 1952 M-38A1, the body and front clip look like they are from a CJ-5 (except for the fact that there is no “JEEP” stamped into the cowl.


“1952 M38A1 Willys 1/2-Ton 4×4 ‘Utility Truck.’ Roll bar, rear rack, front trailer bar, front and rear hitch receivers, additional front driving lights, front brush guard. Excellent for hunting, farm or ranch.”

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1953 M-38A1 USMC Hesperia, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $7000.

While I doubt this served during the Korean War (which ended in mid-1953 .. see G503 discussion), this is the USMC version (Note the rings at the ends of the rear bumper) .


“1953 Jeep M38A1. Built for the USMC. Served in the Korean Conflict. Recently invested 5k (receipts available). All new brakes, fuel system, and hand wrapped wiring loom. Unique and collectable. Body is rough. Clear CA title. Serious inquiries only!”

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1953 M-38A1 Fresno, CA $11,500

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

Mike spotted this classic Fresno-modded jeep. The Muller top, the side doors, the upgraded engine, and more are common among jeeps with Fresno mods.


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“’53 Willys M38-A1 Military Gunner Jeep. This model has the highly desired heavy duty turret frame because they were often used with a tripod mounted 50 caliber machine gun.
This Jeep now sports a ’69 Chevy 327 V-8 engine w/overdrive, 4-stick shifts (4-speed, 2wd-4wd, Hi-Lo, Overdrive), power steering, power brakes, Warn Locking hubs all around so you can tow it free-wheeling. Two Heaters. An extra external radiator fan. Two gas tanks. All new wiring harness. New Brake Lights, seat belts, modern fuse box built into custom glove box.
Also includes soft side windows & doors, roll bars, tow bar, trailer hitch.
Front winch & wipers are not hooked up.”

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1952 M-38A1 Stockton, MO $5500

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, M-38A1

This non-running former brush M-38A1 includes an uninstalled engine.


“My Dad has a 1952 Willy’s keep he needs to sell. This is the M38A1 this is the 1st year of the CJ5 / Military Edition. He has everything there. The motor is not in the vehicle. It was pulled to rebuild but he wound up buying another complete used engine. He has just gotten older and no time to fix it back up. It includes the original mechanical winch as well. He may be open to trades.”

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1953 M-38A1 Forest, VA $1700


Tom shared this M-38A1 project. It looks like there is value here.


“1953 jeep willys M38A1 military. Included pics of the data plates for you to see all info. Don’t know anything on engine status but all parts are there. Pass floor pan and rocker has rust as pictured,frame is good.no title bill of sales. Neat piece and has awesome patina for Ratrod look is perfect since you can still see military lettering. No trades,don’t need any comments or opinions. Serious BUYERS only. ”

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1953 M-38A1 Gilmer, TX $3600


This is a non-runner and has some boat(?) seats, but it appears pretty solid.


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“I have up for sale or trade my 1953 US Army M38A1 Willy’s Jeep. The price is $4,000 OBO but that doesn’t mean that there’s a lot of wiggle room on my price. This Jeep has a clear title but hasn’t been registered. As far as trades go I’m mainly interested in anything military style firearms or firearms related in general but feel free to offer what you got. The Jeep isn’t currently running but it does turn over, clutch and transmission seem to work as they should. This Jeep is mostly original with good tires wheels, body pan, and really won’t take a lot of money or time to get it up and running. This is a project that I simply don’t have the time for that’s why she’s looking for a new home. Please, NO LOW BALLERS!! If the ad is still up then it’s still available. May be willing to meet you halfway depending on the distance for the right deal. Thanks for looking and if you have any questions please feel free to ask”

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3 M-38A1s Yerington, NV


This seller has two projects M-38A1s and one complete one posted in two different ads.

1) 1952 M-38A1 $7900: https://reno.craigslist.org/cto/d/yerington-1952-m381a1-military-jeep/7449696257.html

“1952 M38a1 military jeep. Runs great, clean title, 12 volt conversion, but no canvas.”


2) 2 1952 M-38A1 Projects $3500: https://reno.craigslist.org/cto/d/yerington-two-m38a1-military-jeep/7449700328.html

“Two 1952 M38a1 military jeeps (project). One95% complete with full drivetrain installed. 2nd rolling chassis with separate engine, transmission, and tcase. One extra tub, one new floor and some extra parts $3500 for all”

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1953 M-38A1 Bozeman, MT $7500


Could be a good price.


“1953 willys m38 A1 jeep. The jeep has no rust it runs and drives. Has a clean title $7500 obo”

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1959 M-38A1 Olivehurst, CA $5000


Listed as a CJ-5, it seems more like an M-38A1.


“1959 Willys CJ5. 4×4 350 Chevrolet small block. Automatic. Runs, drives, tagged. Has some extras. Actual mileage unknown. Trade for a sport side by side. Must have title. $5000 obo. Low ballers get blocked. If it’s still listed I still have it. I do not reply to auto messages. ”

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Year? M-38A1 Dallas, TX $1100


This has an unusual hardtop. I’m unsure how much real value is here.


“1951 Willys. All original. 4 cylinder. Needs work. Ran when it was parked, hasn’t been driven in years. Title in hand. $1100”


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1955? M-38A1 Jewett, IL $4000


This may be worth a look. Listed as a ’55, it looks more like a ’52 or early ’53.


“1955 Military M38A1 24v new wiring harness and other items plus manuals”

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3 Jeeps & 1 Fiberglass Tub North Aurora, IL **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, M-38, M-38A1 • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000.

It appears all three jeeps and the tub are included in the price.

“3 jeeps 1 glass tub extra motors.2 titles”

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1953 M-38A1 Altoona, PA $17,500


Bill shared this M-38A1. Though not returned to 100% stock, it looks like it is in good shape.

View all the information on eBay





“1953 Willy’s M38A1 Military Jeep, Serial Number 63413, 1/4 ton, 4×4, showing 7712 miles, runs and drives as it should, all original except for after market lights to legally travel on the highways, a few switches on the dash and comes with a nice top and doors. Frame, and floor panels are rust free, original front and rear seats are in excellent condition. Also comes with clean Pa title, decals, and Military Service Manuals. Would not take much to make this Willy’s historically correct. Only 10,040 were produced that year. Inspections are welcome.”

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1953 M-38A1 Union, MO $9980


This might interest someone.


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“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.”

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1954 M-38A1 2WD Clayton, NC $4900


Not a bad price given the amount of work that’s been done. Still, it’s only a 2WD vehicle. It does have a good looking Kelly hardtop.


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“ilitary M38A1 jeep converted to 2 WD street rod with GM 4.3L V-6 and automatic TH350 transmission. Built for war and not speed / handling. Recommended 45 MPH max per US Military. Removable hardtop and doors with roll-bar. New referb Edelbrock carb on edelbrock intake, new motor mounts, distributor cap and rotor button, plugs, fuel regulator, wiper motors, battery, drum brakes and parking brake cable. Simple, easy to work on vehicle with no computers that turns heads. N.C. issued vin # with bonded title due to age of vehicle, title in hand. Some transmission fluid leakage. Cash and in person only. Price Firm.”

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1953 M-38A1 Durham, CA $6700


It’s a project.


“Selling my late husbands project car. Numerous up grades were started but never completed. The jeep also comes with several parts that were purchased or came with the jeep. New tires and spare, $2000.00 of work on engine, $700.00 for Media blasting paint and rust off rear and front seats, and numerous new parts (too many to mention) suspension work I paid for after his passing. I do have paperwork on the vehicle but it was never registered. Please only serious buyers. I do have a trailer for delivery in the area.”

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1953 M-38A1 Salmon, ID $6000


Seller has removed a layer of blue paint which revealed olive drab. Otherwise, I would have thought this was an Air Force jeep. Maybe used by the Army, then. the Air Force?


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“1953 M38A1 Willys Jeep. It is pretty much original though the electrical system has been converted to 12 volts. The brakes have been rebuilt and the tires are new. The canvas top is laying in the back on the floor. The exterior and interior were painted blue and the seats are upholstered in blue. I was going to freshen up the exterior paint. The blue easily came off with sanding leaving the original olive drab and markings. To restore it back to olive drab will take more time and energy then I have so it is for sale. Asking $6000.”

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1954 M-38A1 Cedar, MN $7500


This appears worth a look.


“1954 M38A1 Jeep. Starts and runs. Needs carb work Ran and drove last year. Body is in great shape”

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Year? M-38A1 Paso Robles, CA $1500


Listed as a 1963 CJ-5, this may actually be a 1952 or early 1953 M-38A1. This includes an overdrive.


“1963 CJ5 Willys Jeep 4×4. Get your jeep wave on! With a solid start to a great project 63 cj5 tub has no rust. Has T90 transmission transfer case drive lines solid running gear…
No motor, seats, steering column, bill of sale it’s out of DMV system”

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1952 M-38A1 Sutter Creek, CA $8000


Appears worth a look.


“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**

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

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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1954 M-38A1 Poulsbo, WA $10,000


Needs a little work, but looks solid.


“1954 M38A1 for sale, have owned for 20 years time to let go. 80% restored runs and drives. $10000”


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Year? M-38A1 Saint Petersburg, FL **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

For the price, there may be value here.

“M38a1 1951 willys jeep. No title. 1500 obo. Runs and smokes a little. Have extra engine and hood and parts.”

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

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

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


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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

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

Looks in good shape.


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

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