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1956 DJ-3A Oxford, GA $4950


It appears the gas tank has been moved to atop the cargo area and an inlet was added to the tailgate.

“Willis 4 cylinder 3 speed on tree rare runs and drives great some not bad for 63 years old”

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1956 DJ-3A Lake City, TN $8500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/26/2017) Not many militarized DJ-3As.

“2 wheel dr, 3 speed on colum good condition new motor painted like army jeep vary rare will trade for 4 wheel dr truck”


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1958 DJ-3A Salado, TX $4450


UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/30/2019) This is described as a Surrey, but looks to be a standard convertible DJ-3A (solid back, has the column shift and has the correct windshield for that model) and lacks a few Surrey details. In addition, the Surrey wasn’t introduced until 1959. This DJ is pretty stock, though it does have some bumper mods and is missing some items. The body has been trimmed on both entry sides.

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“For Sale: Authentic, extremely rare, numbers matching 1958 Willys Jeep, model DJ3A Surrey Gala “Convertible.” Original two-wheel drive, 3-speed on the tree. Original motor, T-90 transmission, original 4-stud axles and drivetrain.
The tub is RUST FREE–no tailgate, as designed and built, fuel port goes out the back right-hand corner. Motor runs perfectly, no valve tick, no gear noise; flawless. Beautiful shape. Body was repainted red. The original color was the rarest of the three available, “pastel blue.” This Jeep is an excellent candidate for restoration. I have the original oil-bath air filter, cross-over tube and carb elbow that does go with the jeep.
The jeep is from Whitney, Texas. It was mechanically restored and maintained as a daily driver and kept under cover, hence the rust-free tub. The frame is absolutely flawless.
$4450.00 O.B.O. Trades considered.
Text or Voice call for an appointment to come and see it in person. No disappointments. Looking for a K2500 or K3500 flatbed or pick up in decent shape with clear Texas title in your name”

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DJ-3A, Truck and One Other Taylor, TX

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Willys Trucks

These jeeps are posted at Only two pics were posted. The flat fender is a 1958 DJ-3A.

“1952 Truck Marine V8, adapter plate to original 4×4 $2500
1958 Jeep solid no driveline 2×4 $1200 TX title
1955 Jeep, 4×4 no driveline solid, 1946 Chassis $1200”



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1957 DJ-3A Dittmer, MO $10,500


UPDATE: Price dropped to $10,500.

(10/25/2018) Looks like a good build.

“1957 Willys DJ3A converted to 4×4 in 1982 with GM SM420-4 Speed transmission, 153 Chevy 4 cylinder, Dana 44 rear with locker and alloy axles, Dana 18 Transfer-case, Saginaw power steering with assist cylinder, Dana 30 disc brake front with locker, no rust, swing out spare tire, Kayline soft top and doors in good condition, extra set of half doors, after market Best Top seats, rear seat, roll cage, 33-12.50R/15 BFG AT tires on 8.5″ x 15″ chrome steel wheels, runs and drives good, winch mount on front bumper but no winch, dual fuel tanks, and swing out spare tire.”

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Sportif, Dispatcher, Beach Comber, & Commuter

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features

As most folks know, Brooks Stevens was instrumental in numerous production and concept car designs. One of the lesser known projects was, apparently, an offshoot of the DJ-3A 2WD line. There are four documented designs, two of which became concept vehicles.


The Dispatcher and the Sportif concept cars.

  1. The Sportif: This DJ-3A-like vehicle appears to use the DJ-3A convertible windshield and hood, to which some stylistic designs have been added. There are a variety of undated pics at the Milwaukee Art Museum’s website which tags the images as being prototypes for the Canadian Market. A March-April 1995 Willys World article dates the pics to 1959. Brook Stevens is pictured in both images.


    Link to Milwaukee Art Museum

  2. The Dispatcher (aka Dispatcher Sportif) and Dispatcher 100: The Milwaukee Art Museum labels this simply as the Dispatcher, but other placed identify this as the Dispatcher 100 or Dispatcher Sportif. You can see all the pics at the Museum’s website.

    Dispatcher 100: Derek Redmond published a slightly different version of this concept at the CJ-3B page. It’s titled the Dispatcher 100 (has an insignia with the name on the passenger door) and it may represent a slight update or next evolution of the “Dispatcher” above. The cover on the passenger side cowl suggests this might have been made from the later model DJ-3A body (which used the hole for a heater vent).

  3. Jeep Beach Comber: This fanciful 2WD vehicle looks inspired by the DJ-3A Surrey, one designs for beaches and vacation rentals. There’s only one image of it at the Milwaukee Art Museum. This appears to use the later model Willys hubcaps seen on the Surreys.
  4. Jeep Commuter 100: It looks to be a roomier version of the other vehicles, but with a top that allowed lots of visibility. There’s only one image of it at the Milwaukee Art Museum. This jeep also appears to use the later model Willys hubcaps seen on the Surreys. I can attest that the low windshield and low soft top (if that is a soft top) would have made it difficult for 6-footers like me to climb back into the rear seat.
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1965 DJ-3A Friday Harbor, WA $3500


Has a variety of mods.

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“Jeep project. This is a 1965 titled as a DJ3A. I was told it was a UN Jeep originally. Presently has a Chevy 283 that starts and runs well. The running gear is the military 4WD with bumperettes and pintle hitch. Previous owner removed the brakes to upgrade to disc but never finished. It will need a master cylinder and brakes on all four wheels. The original brakes are with it and could be put back to original very easily. It is a roller with nice Crome wheels and decent tires. I am moving and lost my shop or it would not be for sale. Please only text if seriously interested.”


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Year? DJ-3A Austin, TX $1000


This appears to be a Dj-3A convertible with 4WD added.

“willys jeep complete body and axles just needs your engine and tranny Offroad, atv, utv, the body and frme is in good condition with no holes or structural defects. perfect for a jeep project”

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1956 DJ-3A Concan, TX eBay


Price currently $770. Has a few minor updates, such as the M-38 air cleaner and the later model speedometer.

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“Great project Jeep. I can see that it’s a 4 cylinder, but not familiar with old Jeeps, so no idea on engine size. All engine parts and transmission are in place, but take a good look at pictures. Solid body and frame, best I can tell. Floor pans and bed still there, no rust holes. Tailgate fine, no cracks in windshield. The title says the body style is “LL”, but I can’t find any such bird. From my research, it looks like a “DJ-3A”, so that’s how I described it. Sold as is, buyer has to come get it or arrange for shipping.

On Mar-08-19 at 18:44:18 PST, seller added the following information:
After receiving a few good questions about the Jeep, I have a little more information. New pictures of the odometer and ID tag have been added. Best I can tell, the serial number is 56337 11093. The odometer reads 16610.1. It may have rolled over, but this is what it reads now. But you never know, cuz it’s exactly as old as I am, and I’ve rolled over many times! Since it’s been sitting in the same spot for 8-9 years, the tires have settled into the dirt several inches. That said, I looked over the frame best I could, and it looks straight, with no cracks or welds where they don’t belong. Although I have the title in hand, I haven’t located the keys yet. Hopefully I’ll find them by the time one of yall show up to pick it up. Good luck, and thanks!”

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1957 DJ-3A Apache Junction, AZ $3400


UPDATE: Price dropped to $3400.

(03/03/2019) It’s been modified into 4WD. It has the rare 0-8 KS speedometer.

“1957DJ body&seats, WW2orCJ2a flathead4 engine,windshield,chassis 4WD works xlt ,starts,runs,steers,stops, HDradiator,12volt syst, upgraded starter,Delco altntr, alum tank, towbar, great tires, lights not hooked up, NO RUST or body dents, seats ratty. Drove it today, idles rough but drives good, cheapest driving on CL, $3400 or reasonable offer.”






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DJ-3A Dispatcher Pizza Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images

Mike spotted this 1960s photo on Facebook. It shows some DJ-3A Dispatchers doing pizza delivery work for Volcano Pizzeria, a North New Jersey pizza place in the 1960s. Mike notes there were a lot of pizza jeeps in the area at the time.


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1960 DJ-3A Yucca Valley, CA eBay


UPDATE: Still Available. Starting bid $6500, no reserve.

(02/09/2019) This looks to be a nicely updated DJ-3A with 4WD.

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“1960 Jeep DJ3. Currently Registered with vintage California Yellow plates.
134 ci Go Devil 4 cyl engine which runs smoothly.
CJ2a 4×4 Running gear. 3 speed on the floor with High and Low range.
Totally rust Free and no dents.
The Vin number matches the title and registration.”





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1947 CJ-2A Three Rivers, CA $7500


This might have a convertible DJ-3A body with the DJ windshield.

“Awesome Jeep! Pre-smog beauty. Chevy 350 plus headers, Edlebrock carb. New top, alternator, water pump, radiator, all new electric. New instruments, great paint with cool Star hood. Seats modified with comfort and more leg room. Even has seat belts! Oh… brand new battery
Reg clear with pink. Reg says 1974 but most Jeepsters think 47ish.”

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1956 DJ-3A Austin, TX $2200


The 0-8 speedometer, windshield, tail lights, and some other parts look original. It’s been converted to 4WD axles. This is 50 units after my DJ-3A Rusty.

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“Willys 1956 dj-3a with title. This willys is very complete for it’s age.
I am willing to trade for a 1976-1983 Jeep CJ5.

This Willys started life as a 2wd. Prior owner cut out firewall and welded in a firewall from a 4wd. Front and rear axles are both from a 4wd M38.

Front and rear axle/diffs are complete. It rolls really well. This is a roller. No engine, transmission, or transfer case. I never had them.

I have owned this for 5 years and still have not gotten around to fully restoring it. I am slowly doing work to it though.

I repaired and reinstalled the original front bumper a couple days ago. The bumper is painted in primer. The rear bumper is new and is painted in primer as well.
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1957? DJ-3A Drag Jeep Machesney Park, IL on eBay


UPDATE: Still Available on eBay. The Buy-it-now price is $9500.

This Drag Jeep was featured on Road and Track. Labeled a 1957 DJ-2A, the year, the serial number (56337 11539), and the body style mark this as a 1956 DJ-3A.

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“It’s time to part with my very first street rod. I bought this in 1982 right out of high school. Over the years it has morphed into what you see here.
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1975 CJ-5/DJ-3A Redfox, KY $4500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/19/2018) This looks to be a DJ-3A body on a CJ-5 chassis.

“304 V8. 3speed. Willy’s body on cj5. Asking 5000. Have bikini top and full top”

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1955 DJ-3A Postal Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, DJ-3A, Features

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/20/2016) Here’s a hard-to-find single sheet brochure.

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“Here I have a Single Sheet Flier for the Willys Jeep mail Dispatcher from 1955.
This has some wear and a small tear on the bottom (See Scans) but still displays Very nicely.
Will ship in a protective Sleeve with backing board.
Nice item for the Willys Jeep Collector!”



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1956 DJ-3A/CJ-3A Kennewick, WA $3750


UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/14/2019) Looks like a DJ-3A convertible body on a 4WD chassis.

“1956 Willys CJ3A Jeep 350 Chevy engine 4 speed Saginaw transmission Dana model 18 transfer case WARN hubs Limited slip front differential 5.38 gears 33 inch Buckshot tires Power steering GM tilt steering column”

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DJ-3A Tops Bows and Clips Black Canyon City, AZ

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Parts • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

The top bows are $700 a set. A price for the top clips were not included. The seller only has a few sets made. He notes that he isn’t making any money on them and has been more than willing to share information on the insights he gains trying to make his top.

The soft top is something custom the seller had made by an upholsterer. It took him some work to redesign and properly fit the top so that it would fold up and connect to the windshield properly, yet also fold down and attach to the body.

Here is pic of the reproduction bows vs. the original black bows:


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1962 DJ-3A Grove, OK $6000


UPDATE: Still Available. It has some EasyLok hubs.

(10/19/2018) Looks like the same one sold in 2015.

“I have an old Jeep with a straight 6 Ford motor in it. I have recently replaced the battery, spark plugs, coil, distributor, carburetor, fuel pump and filter, and ignition switch. It fires right up first try. It has four wheel drive with locking front hubs. Everybody who see it says it’s a collectors item. It has a three speed transmission in the floor. It runs and drives. It’s very loud on the inside. The back opens up and locks into place and the doors will come off. One of a kind. Brand new tires. All lights and turn signals work the way the are supposed to.”

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1959 DJ-3A? Miami, FL $16,500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/02/2018) This 2WD CJ-3B looks suspiciously like a DJ-3A. The body is a replacement, so it probably is a DJ-3A, though, if that’s the case, the gas inlet has been converted to the side. This wouldn’t surprise me as the rear tank probably needed replacing anyway.

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1960 DJ-3A? Mansfield, TX $7500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/02/2018) Seller indicates the body is a 1947, but it looks more like a DJ body to me. This could be a modified DJ-3A.

“Jeep Willys For Sale $7500 in Granbury Texas Buick V6 Dauntless 225, SM420, Dana 18 with Warn overdrive, Front Spicer 25 with disc brake conversion, Rear Dana 44, 5.38 gears, 32″ Goodyear MTR Kevlars, suspension seats. Vehicle is titled as 1960 Willys. The tub is a 47, windshield and front clip are CJ3A according to the previous owner. Please keep in mind this is an older Jeep/Willys. It runs great but they require TLC.”

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DJ-3A Chassis Saratoga Springs, NY **Status Unknown**


UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $275.

(11/08/2018) Looks like a good price. Still has some hard-to-find parking brake parts.

“Willys DJ3A chassis, four lug wheels, two wheel drive, will also fit 1940’s thru late 50’s Willy’s cj2a, cj3a, and cj3b. Asking $275,”

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1961 DJ-3A Edwardsville, IL $4500


UPDATE: Price dropped to $4500.

(07/06/2016) No obvious rust.

“1961 Willys Jeep 4 cylinder Willy’s motor 134 devil motor 3 speed on the floor 2wd runs and drives great this was a base Jeep for sale or trade $5500 obo”

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1957 DJ-3A Pine Valley, CA $7500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/06/2018) This DJ was converted to 4WD.×4-conversion/6769025334.html

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“An east county San Diego Jeep since it was brand new. This is the “Dispatcher” model, that was originally sold as a 2wd.

This Jeep was professionally converted to 4wd with surplus military M38 parts by Border Parts in Spring Valley. Saginaw steering, Dana 25 front axle, Dana 44 rear, Dana 18 transfer case, and a T90 transmission with Borg Warner overdrive completes this rock-solid suspension and drivetrain conversion.

The engine is a 1964 Ford 260 cid V-8 out of a Fairlane. Engine routinely starts on first crank. A new ring gear on the flywheel, new starter and new clutch were recently installed by Action Cylinder Heads in Santee.
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