Features Research Archives

To Top

2013 Jeep Calendar $13.99

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Books, Features

Bob forwarded a beautiful photograph of his CJ-3B and Trailer that will be appearing in Bill Norris’ Holy Toledo Slot Grill Classics 2013 Jeep Calendar.

You can find the calendar for sale on eBay


To Top

The Incredible Jeep by Clarence Budington Kelland

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Clarence Budington Kelland published an one of four parts of a novel called “The Incredible Jeep” in the American Magazine in November of 1941. It appears he followed that by publishing the entire novel in 1942. Is anyone familiar with the story?

Here’s a reference to the Magazine on eBay

Incredible Jeep, The (Gold Seal Novel, presented by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sunday, November 22nd, 1942)

To Top

Custom Mini Jeep Bridgeport, NJ on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

I’m not sure what this is good for, but it’s a neat little mini jeep.

“Built from the ground up.  All steel components to include the drive train and axles.  Durable 3/4″ plywood body finished with automotive paint.  Honda GZ series gas engine (200cc) for great performance and efficiency.  Rechargeable AGM battery for the headlights.  Padded leather bench seat with automotive carpeting on interior surfaces and the under carriage finished with undercoating.  Cashiers check or cash.  Buyer responsible for pick up and/or shipping.”

View all the information on eBay

To Top

Electric Jeep out of Colombia $3700 (Plus Shipping)

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Unusual • TAGS: , .

Sebastian forwarded this to me today.  This is great!

“While driving in Antioquia Colombia my dad found this electric Jeep. It is smaller than normal size and the owner (see picture) is asking for about $3700 US dollars. It is a pure home-made Willys. Only in Colombia!!”

To Top

Art of the Jeep by Jerome Hadacek

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

The Art of the Jeep:  From Propoganda to Advertising was published recently.  I spotted this on eBay, but the best price on this appears to be through Amazon.com.  Has anyone purchased this?

ART OF THE JEEP, THE: From Propaganda to Advertising

To Top

Case Trapper Knife with Color Scrimshaw

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was listed on eBay.

(10/24/2012) This is a new knife, not a vintage knife. I’m a bit surprised at the price, which is $142 as of this post. But then, I am no knife expert.

“A NEW In The Box Case XX Amber Bone Trapper Knife with A Color Scrimshaw Scene that I have just finished of an old Willys Jeep and a fisherman sitting on his Canoe. I signed and dated this knife on the bottom right. A Certificate of Authenticity that I will sign and date will be sent with the knife.

Please Note: When I do Color Scrimshaw, I do NOT paint the color on top of the design. I re-cut every line where each color is to go and apply those colors down into the cuts. This is a very time consuming process, but one in which I feel the results are well worth the added effort.

I have, in my opinion, a very low starting bid with NO RESERVE, so you collectors can decide what this knife is worth.

The knife measures: 4 1/8″ closed”

To Top

Our Weekend Trip to Idaho

• CATEGORIES: Features

Ann and I drove to Spokane last Thursday for a doc appointment, then returned via the Idaho panhandle.  We made it as far east as Fernwood, Idaho, a small town in the mountains to visit Ann’s relatives, before heading south to Moscow and back.  While in Fernwood, we ran across a couple jeeps.  So, we took photographs.

Here’s a photograph of us at the barn built by my great grandfather at Fighting Creek.  This will mean something to those that have read my book.  The barn is 100 years old, but still looks good (from this angle anyway).

Here’s an old plow jeep we spotted.  We also spotted a jeep across the street, but it was too far back to photograph.

This was located in the town of Santa, Idaho, at the bridge.

To Top

United Airlines Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE:  MIke has a toy that looks similar to the ones below, only it is branded differently (shown at the bottom)

Does anyone know if United Airlines had any real jeeps that looked anything like these in terms of coloring/branding?


Here is a Japanese tin friction toy United Airlines Jeep


This is a Cragston Friction tin jeep with KO trademark

To Top

Old Coloring Book

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Dennis purchased this coloring book at a local swap meet.  I’ve never seen one for sale.  The title is “Things That Go” and was published in 1955.

To Top

Old Sedona Jeep-Trip Business Card

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

Here’s a neat old Sedona, Arizona, business card for Jeep Trips.

PHONE 7184 OR 3622

To Top

Andy Gard Gee-I-Jeep Remote Control Toy **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“Andy Gard Toys are rare to begin with. Gee-I-Jeep with Box. One of the first remote control cars on the market. Orginial box. The later models had a steering wheel on the controller. I tried a couple of D batteries but could not get it to work. It may be a simple wire fix? The windshield has broken off but is included and maybe able to be glued back on? This is a very rare plastic toy in this condition and the box makes it so collectable.”

To Top

FC-170 Tests a Chute

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Craig spotted this at the Life Magazine Archives.  You can go here to see more archives:

To Top

T.N. Nomura Fire Jeep Toy in Germany

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Here’s a cool jeep toy from Japan.

“60er Jahre Blechspielzeug

1960s Police Patrol Jeep Tin Toy Car with Battery Operated Actions (Bump-and-Go; Driver manipulates steering wheel; Light on hood is on while Jeep runs; As Jeep stops, buzzer sounds and policeman picks up reveiver).

Polizei Jeep mit batteriebetriebenen Aktionen. & Original Box

T.N Nomura
Made in Japan

Größe/ measurements: 28 cm long/ lang ;”

View all the information on eBay

To Top

Willys 2-sided “Courtesy Service” Sign on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE:  Starting Bid Price dropped to $750.

“If you’re into collectable automotive signs, then you know just how difficult it is to find anything for Willys.

This item is an original two-sided Swinger sign from the Willys / Jeep Company. Just the simple wording brings you to an earlier time when buying a car was an exciting time for most folks. What makes this sign so special is the die-cut design and further complimented with the vivid red and yellow colors that Willys was know for. This sign is two-sided with side one in super condition. This sign would be a great contribution to anyone’s sign collection. The sign measures 27′ x 25″ . If you even think you would like to own a Willys / Jeep sign then don’t miss this rear opportunity to own this piece of history.

The images speak for themselves with regard to the quality of this item. I have included some close-up and sun shot images to show the details of the sign. This sign has vibrant colors and would make a great collection piece for any collector.  This price includes Ebay / Paypal fees on item and shipping – Shipping cost include special packing and insurance.”

View all the information on eBay

Here is side one of the sign:

Here is side two of the sign:


To Top

Postcard of Jeep Tourists in Fantastic Caverns

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

I’ll have to see if more pics of these trains exist.

“For The Collector We Feature This Unused Standard Size Vintage Chrome Postcard Showing Jeep Drawn Vehicle, Fantasic Caverns in Springfield, Missouri. Back of card reads: FANTASTIC CAVERNS, the only cave that is large enough and level enough to drive through. You can see this cavern from the comfortable seats in a jeep drawn vehicle. Old postcard does have some corner/edge wear.”

To Top

Can of Willys Anti-Freeze

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Here’s a rare can of Antifreeze for auction on eBay

“WOW! WOW! WOW! Up for bids is a super rare WILLY’S MOTORS ANTI-FREEZE Can. This beauty is a 1 quart can and has had the lid removed. This would be a great addition to any oil or Jeep collection! Feel free to email me with any questions!”

View all the information on eBay

To Top

Sebastian and Falls Leaves

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Sebastian took a drive among the fall leaves and shared this beautiful pic!  Winter is on its way. Brrrrr

To Top

Connie and Kids in Australia by Constance Helmericks

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Published in 1971, this is supposed to involve a jeep.  I will purchase and let you know.

“This is one of the last books in a series that started with “Connie and Bud” discovering Alaska in the late 40’s. True pioneers and adventurous in nature, after years of Artic living they both went their separate ways. Bud deciding on becoming a Bush Pilot, hunting guide, explorer, and expert on the Alaska outback. Connie, with her two teenage daughters, continued on in life’s many adventures by heading to Australia for an extended “walk about.

With her usual in depth observations about life, she visits all that Australia has to offer. From the small outback villages to the “Big” cities. Her observations on the aborigines has proven, by history, to be quite concise and accurate. Her observations on the lifestyles of the Aussies is most interesting when compared with observations of todays visitor.

A book worth reading more so if one is contemplating a visit or has been on one and wishes to compare.
Mrs. Helmericks has lived a lifetime in adventure. Anyone reading this book will find the earlier ones most interesting and will simply wonder: “How did they do that?””

Another review from Kirkus Reviews.

View more information from eBay.  This book ships from Australia.



To Top

Four Wheel Parts Wholesalers History

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

Here is the story of George Adler and the launching of Four Wheel Parts Wholesalers in 1961. Starting at the kitchen table making catalogs, the company grew into an off-road parts empire.


To Top

The Four Wheel Steer Bantam in Pop Mechanics

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

I spotted this brief note about the four-wheel-steer Bantam BRC-40 on page 167 of the May 1946 issue of Popular Mechanics.  Why it appeared five years after it was built seems a little strange.  I can’t imagine the army keeping this model top secret for any reason.  Maybe they needed some filler for the issue?

Here is a link to the Google page that shows the whole article

To Top

Contourtop from an April 1967 Four Wheeler Ad

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

**** If you have any Four Wheeler Magazines from the 1960s or 1970s and you don’t want them, I’d love to get them.  I’d like to record more of these unusual aftermarket items. Just email me at d@ewillys.com ****

I ran across this unusual Controurtop Hardtop in an ad from the April 1967 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine.  I’ve never seen one of these for sale on Craigslist.

Continue reading

To Top

Topless Top in Four Wheeler Magazine on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: , .

This “Topless Top” article appeared in the March 1966 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine.  Given the top was made of plexiglass, I suspect it is unlikely there are many remaining (if any).  I have bid on the issue, so I hope to have better images and more information if/when I win it.

Continue reading

To Top

2012 Barfrosttreffet in Norway this past Weekend

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

Last weekend was the 2012 Barfrosttreffet.  It looks like a variety of jeepers participated. It sure looks  like a beautiful country to explore.  I have posted a few pics from their event below.  You can see more here:  http://www.facebook.com/events/146187395522035/

To Top

A Drawing by “Darkinalina”

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Guy spotted this list of DrawSomething Jeeps.  I only know about the iPad/iPhone game because my wife, my mother and my daughter all play the game.

The one below was drawn by someone named ‘Darkalina’.  You can see more here.

To Top

Rare Tin Police Jeep w/ TV Screen **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

On the back is a screen that has animations. The CJ-3B Page shows a similar, but not the same model: http://cj3b.info/Toys/PoliceToys2.html

“Win this nice one for your collection. Very rare Movie Screen Police Willys Jeep by MODERN TOYS. Has an amazing illuminated and animated screen which rolls through freeway scenes, traffic snarls, the highway patrol on the road & issuing infringement notices. I’ve included a video showing this but it’s pretty out of focus. The toy moves about the floor in a random fashion. Think the light on the front is supposed to flash but isn’t working. This may need some tinkering and another small project would be a new steering wheel and seat base. Too good to be called a toy! Scans and photos are of the actual item & form part of the description.

22.5cm long x 10.8cm wide x 12cm high. 1-2 kilos packed weight. Item No: 800016”