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1945 Photo with CJ-2 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s a photo with an experimental 2A pulling a seeding machine.

“1945 Press Photo Farmer operates seeding machine from the postwar jeep. This is an original press photo. The Postwar Jeep, especially adapted for peacetime work, combining the four basic functions of tractor, light truck, mobile power unit and passenger conveyance. Photo shows the new Jeep, just unvelied to the public by Willys-Overland Motors, operating a seeding machine. Among the many and various farm applications of this modern vehicle are: disking, plowing, mowing, raking, threshing, baling, shelling and grinding corn, operating manure spreader, filling silo and sawing wood. Photo measures 8 x 5.25 inches. Photo is dated 07-19-1945.”

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Cox Gas Engine Toy Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Models

UPDATE II: Greg added a comment to this post from 2013 indicating he has one of these gas powered toy jeeps for sale. If interested, either comment below or email me (d@ewillys.com) I can share his email address with you.

Update from January, 2013 Last night we saw the eBay ad for this toy jeep.  Tonight, thanks to a reader named Eric, we have pics of the actual toy.

“Jeep looks good. Looks like all parts are there. Motor turns over. It has a fuel tank. No fuel line. All body mount are good. Antenna is good. I will take it off to ship. I will add a reprint of manual. A very nice show piece. I would not use to run. Check out the pictures.”


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1962 Station Wagon Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a look at the May 1962 Station Wagon Brochure purchased off of eBay.

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1962 Utility Wagon Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a July 1962 brochure highlighting the latest features of the Jeep Utility Wagon.

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A World Odyssey-The Epic Voyage of the Sand Ship Discovery

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: This just appeared in our local newspaper. A couple local folks are helping him out. Here’s an accompanying video: 


An article from Spokane’s Spokesman Review alerted me to the story of A World Odyssey-The Epic Voyage of the Sand Ship Discovery. This is actually a local story (for me) as Loren Upton, the man at the root of the adventure, has lived in Yakima and the Tri-Cities and worked at the nearby Hanford  nuclear reservation.

Between 1984 and 1989, Loren piloted a CJ-5 around the world, surpassing 55,000 miles. The jeep holds a Guiness book of World Record for being the first vehicle to cross the Darien Gap. Some of you might remember the 2014 post about the 1959-1960 venture across the Darien Gap in a Willys Truck and a Land RoverHowever, some of that trip was done by floating part of the river.

Loren nephew Laurence would like to restore the CJ-5 back to it’s former glory and then take his Uncle on one more world trip. They’ve set up a go-fund-me page and a website with lots of information and photos. Good luck to them!



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Red-Y-Cut GPW SEEP Model on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

It still needs assembly. It’s Red-Y-Cut model #321.

“It in great condition, looks to be complete, and in the original box. Please view the pictures and ask any questions before bidding, all items are sold as described.”

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Some Christmas Cheer

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

Merry Christmas everyone!

This image is courtesy of Roberto Flores!

Lawrence shared his annual Christmas photo with us:


And Jim shared his wreathed jeep as well:


And Charles shared this Jeep Parts JEF Christmas photo:


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FJ-3 Fleetvan Model on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Jake spotted this rare FJ-3 Fleetvan model on eBay. It’s about 2″ long.

“Lindberg “Mini-Lindy” series, approximately HO scale, plastic model kit. Jeep Fleetvan U. S. Mail delivery truck. Finished model measures 2 inches long. Box is damaged but intact, parts are bagged in zip lock bags. Kit is complete, unbuilt, unpainted.”

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1942 Mini Comic Magazine “Jeeps” on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Comics, Features

UPDATE: Here’s another issue of “Jeeps” Magazine on eBay. Looks like a Bantam. This one has some pencil marks.

“American pulp magazine, 1940’s era humor. In very good condition. Pages may have chipping, pencil marks, sun bleaching or yellowing due to age.
-First issue.
-Mini magazine format, size is about 5 1/4 x 7 1/2
-WWII cartoons and jokes
-Art by Walt Munson, J. Kelly and Charles Wible

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2018 Toledo Jeep Fest Aug 10-12

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features


Jerry Huber let me know that they got a kick start on the 2018 Jeep Fest today: online registration for Participants and Vendors is now active! In addition, this year’s Toledo Jeep Fest will expand from one day to three days. Big crowds are expected. You can learn more here:


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1945 Photo of Fisherman & Willys MA on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I’ve seen this photo on Getty images, so they likely would claim that the organization owns the copyright on all of these images.

“1945 Press Photo Fisherman Uses A Jeep to Reach Distant Trout Fishing Areas. This is an original press photo. Jeep has a future in postwar America The versatile jeep, which has become known as the “Sweetheart of the Army,” has a future in postwar America, both as an agricultural and industrial machine. All kinds of special bodies, air compressors, and pulley attachments for postwar units can be used with the jeep. Here a fisherman uses the jeep to reach the far-back trout streams and lakes. In low, low gear it reaches these distant pastures which are always too far for the fisherman on foot. Photo measures 8 x 6.25 inches. Photo is dated 05-26-1945.”

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1956 T-Man Comic with Ford GP on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Comics, Features, Women & Jeeps

Strangely, this 1956 Comic book (#31) on eBay features T-Man (Treasury Man) Pete Trask fighting a “Red Agent” in a Ford GP, while four issues earlier T-Man raced bad guys in a more traditional WWII jeep (see bottom photo). I wonder why the comic switched to an older jeep? Maybe we have to read it to find out??


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This was for sale on eBay in 2013.

“This lot is an original September 1955 T-MAN (#27) from Quality Comics, nice solid VG condition, 36 pages including The Great Assassination Plot, The Underground Press, Commie Fire Bomb Plot, and Red Riffs Of Morocco. Violence and good girl content. Very early code comic! Complete, nothing missing. I will update this with more info as needed! US bidders only, please.”


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1951 Jeep Family Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This brochure highlighted the Hurricane Engine. It folds out to a colorful overview of all the models.

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1954-1955 Dealer Price Sheets

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

I bought these on eBay as part of another purchase. Perhaps the most interesting about them are the ambulance prices and standard equipment included (last set of docs), as there seems to be very little info about those left.

Issued November 1954:
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Issued May 1955:

Issued November 1955:
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1962 CJ-3B Dept Agriculture Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Features, Old Images

This is a cool photo.

“1963 Press Photo Willys Jeep modified for the Department of Agriculture. This is an original press photo. Willys Jeep modified for the Department of Agriculture. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 01-06-1963.”

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A Few Pages From Sears Jeep Catalogs

• CATEGORIES: Features

Peter Debella shared these two images from an old Sears Catalog he has. Not everyone remembers that Sears and Montomery Ward used to have Jeep-specific parts catalogs. These old catalogs are pretty interesting to look through. I’ve got both Sears and Montomery Ward Jeep parts catalogs and have added a couple more pics. Here are a few pages from our collections.

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1982 Jeep Jamboree Belt Buckle **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: This sold for $175 on eBay. I was wrong about how high this would go!

“Jeep Jeepers Jamboree 1982 Brass Belt Buckle 30th Anniversary Limited Edition. look at the tread on the tires no wear.

For sale is a RARE, collectible item; A Jeepers Jamboree 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Belt Buckle. This is from the 1982 Jeepers Jamboree event; Georgetown to Tahoe Via The Devil’s Playground. made in england…..

This belt buckle is in great very loved condition; It is marked on the back, “Limited Edition” #1624

i bought this from an estate sale in which the husband and wife had one this is the wifes hardly or never worn detail is incredible it has been in a drawer since 1982 great shape for being 35 years old. i did not want to clean it the patina is there.”



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1950s Postcard of Jeeps Pulling Floats on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

The first jeep is a later model CJ-2A. Behind it and the band is a second jeep. I think there is a 3rd jeep way in the back. This is part of the Annual Festival of States Parade in St. Petersburg, Florida. The festival began in 1913. In 1958, the festival’s name was changed to Sunshine Festival, so I would guess this is an early 1950s parade.

“The photo(s) help to show the condition. MGK110379 {USAFloridaPinellas County} TK69 IT10. FINE PRINT. The item has no edge wear and very minor corner wear.”

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1950s? Jeep Tour Postcard **SOLD**

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This CJ-3A has been extended in the rear to accommodate passengers. It looks pretty comfy!

“A new color advertising postcard probably of SAN JUAN SCENIC JEEP TOURS of their early 1950’s Jeep CJ-5 with a lunch and coffee box mounted off the tailgate, very lightly bumped corners, no creases, no postmark. Crisp and clear. Nothing written on the back. About 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Any glare or distortion is from my digital camera.”




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Perris Valley Four Wheelers Badge on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

This club badge would have been mounted on a jeep. I tried to learn more about this club, but had no luck finding any info.

“Perris valley jeep club badge. In great condition. 8″ metal sign with painted graphics and great detail. Great for a jeep enthusiast, or in your man cave. Please see pictures for condition. If you have any questions, please message me.”

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1963 Magazine Review of the “New” CJ-5

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

Desert Magazine reviewed the “new” CJ-5 in 1963. Click on images to enlarge them. Spoiler alert .. the author concluded the jeep is a “man’s car”.

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1960ish Las Brisas Jeep Rental Card W/Map

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: .

I found this neat little card from the Las Brisas resort on eBay. Folded up, it’s about the size of a post card. The illustrated side advertises pink jeep rentals in English and Spanish. The other side shows a map of the area (here’s a google map link). It’s meant to sit on a table or desk.

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Article about Sale of Willys MB

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PHOTO CREDIT: Rick Kintzel, Photojournalist.

This article about the sale of a 1945 Willys MB appeared in Pennsylvania’s Bucks County Courier Times. The new owner is a U.S. Army Colonel who hopes to use the jeep to support Wounded Warrior projects.

This seems a worthy cause; however, it is ironic that he’s using the jeep to support an organization that in turn doesn’t support (and arguably has worsened the situation of) wounded and disabled members of WWII and the Korean War (and any other wounded veterans before 2001), folks who might have actually used this jeep during their tours of duty.

One example of this is the Caregiver Support program, promoted by Wounded Warrior, and available only for the caregivers of wounded veterans post 9/11. Ann’s shared with me other examples of programs and opportunities given to new wounded veterans that’s created two classes of wounded, those before and those after 9/11. That’s a shame.


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1950 Photo of Jeeps in Korea on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Hopefully the actual photo is clearer!

“1950 Press Photo American Jeep Crosses 38th Parallel Going Towards Seoul. This is an original press photo. An American Jeep is shown crossing the 38th Parallel, going toward Seoul, as the US 8th Army retreats southward. Under pressure of Red China’s Million Man Invasion Army, UN forces in North Korea have been put to flight with it still indefinite whether they’ll make a stand in North Korea or be evacuated by sea. Also, the UN is awaiting an answer from Peiping on its request that Chinese troops stop short of the Parallel. Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 12-10-1950.”

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Las Brisas Brochure W/ DJ-5s

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6, Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: The DJ on the lower right is not a DJ-5, but a DJ-3A. Thanks to Steve for pointing out the obvious to me!

This 1966 brochure for the Las Brisas resort included some pics of Surreys.


Here’s a DJ-5 with hubcaps.

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