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Auto Show in Costa Rica

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, International

This past weekend Gustavo and his CJ-3A participated in a vintage car show in Costa Rica.  He took some pics for us.

He writes, “Last weekend I was invited by the Costa Rican Antique Car Club to an Expo they organized and I wanted to share some pictures with you guys.  There were around a hundred different cars, from Fords Model T up to a DeLorean, and obviously Jeeps where there, including my 1949 CJ-3A.  It was a great Jeep weekend.  The 1932 Hot Rod was Meguiars Car of the Year (at Costa Rica) and they are taking it to SEMA.”

These first pics are of the jeeps.  More pics of the car show are on the next page.  Gustavo’s is the blue CJ-3A.

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Full-Size Tamiya Wild Willys

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

Matt spotted this gem.  Not satisfied with the toy-sized, remote control version of the Tamiya Wild Willys Jeep, the people over at The Bug Box, a German company, decided to build a life size version.  They documented the process.  Very cool.

See all the images here:

Here are a few selected pics:


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1949 Ad from Argentina eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International

Here’s a neat little ad that’s up for auction on eBay. I couldn’t say how rare it really is or if many people collect them though.


1949 – JEEP WILLYS-OVERLAND #1 !!!.-

MEASURES APPROX: 7.5” X 5.5” / 19 CM X 14 CM.-



View all the information on eBay

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• CATEGORIES: Features, International

Buz discovered this website in Argentina.  There are a variety of different jeeps for sale, some familiar and some less so.  Visit the website and check it out.  Here is a Willys MB for $15,000:

You can learn more about these IKA (Industrias Kaiser Argentina) built jeeps at the CJ-3B Page.

Here are some other vehicles I spotted in just a minute of searching:

This appears to be a MB/GPW of some vintage –

This is a CJ-2A with an unusual top –

Here are a couple of 2WD IKA Jeeps modeled on the CJ-5, but with a longer wheelbase

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Set of 10 Brazilian Jeep ads on eBay

This auction includes a set of 10 ads for the Brazilian Jeep Pickup.  Looks like they have been ripped from a magazine.

“They are original AD’s (not copy).
All different ADs (not repeated ADs).
ADs from 60’s / 70’s
Brazilian rare ADs.
The pages are in big size. Size of each AD: about 35 cm X 25 cm. Can be changed in poster.”

View all the pics and info on eBay

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Shortened Wagons in Brazil

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

After seeing this ad about the shortened wagon, a reader named Or forwarded me the following links that show these shortened wagons aren’t as rare as we thought.  Thanks for finding these!


From this link comes this picture:

Here’s this one with a slightly different front end from this link:

Or, if you like red:

Here are a few more links, too:

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Soviet Russia WW2 Photo2 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Old Images

No details on when this photo was taken.  It is sold out of Kiev, Ukraine.


The auction on this photo by the same seller fetched a bid of $18.50. I was surprised it went that high.

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1945 GAZ Estonia eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Other 4x4s • TAGS: .

Here’s a rare GAZ out of Estonia. Might be good for a European collector.

“GAZ 67, Jeep, Militaria (Willys Jeep) 1945 ,

The vehicle is moving under its own power.
the car is not restored.
Still retains the original factory work. (80 %)
The car has been standing on the tenth garage.

EU Member States do not have customs and logistics companies to be transported. Transportation Estonia to Germany pays 400 – 500 EUR. –

Shipping will be paid by the buyer. Shipping outside the EU to clarify before you buy. I will help the buyer in dealings.”

View all the info and pics on eBay

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The Story of the Jeepy Pedal Car

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, toys

Even contacted me from Norway with a nice bit of history about the Jeepy Pedal Car.  Thanks Even!

He writes, “As world war 2 came to a close a Norwegian engineer name Sigurd W. Ødegaard was looking for products he could produce in his mecanical workshop.  One day during the summer of 1945 he was watching a military parade with a lot of jeeps when he got the idea to produce a small version of a jeep as a pedal car. A year later he produced his first pedal car, manufacturing them from 1946 until 1952.  During this time his company made about 3000 units of this popular car .  I was told they cost almost 100$ back then.

These small Jeeps are popular among collectors here in Norway and since Sigurd made them very solid there are still some around.  The car is 1/3 scale from the GPW and  are all steel with air filled wheels.

I have also heard that Sigurd W. Ødegaard was educated in the US  and worked for Mack International Motor Company. At some point he travelled to the US to start production of this pedalcar over there, but returned to Norway after failing to get production going because the Korean War made it complicated to get enough steel for the pedal cars.”

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Barfrosttreffet in Norway October of 2011

• CATEGORIES: Club Runs, Event, Features, International

These pictures could be straight out of a scenic shot from the Pacific Northwest, but instead were taken at the annual October Barfrosttreffet in Norway.  Even is part of a club called the Flatfender Fellows and shared these wonderful pictures.  This area shown below is about an hour north of Oslo.

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Photo from 1959 on the island of Tinian

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Features, International

UPDATE:  From both emails I received and comments below, the consensus seems to be that the framework was built for pushing branches away, also called limb risers.  As Brett suggested, I googled ‘tree limb risers’ and found something similar at a hummer site.

Gary’s father shot this photo around 1959 on the island of Tinian, which is part of the Northern Mariana Islands.  He was wondering if anyone knows how the front rack was used?

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Paratroopers and Paratrooper Vehicles in Carentan, France

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Museums, Website

Jeff was vacationing in France and Belgium when he ran across two businesses located in Carentan:  Paratrooper and Paratrooper Vehicles.  He thought I might have known about them, but nope I did not know about them.  Carentan is a small rural town near the north-eastern base of the French Cotentin Peninsula in Normandy.  If anyone else has been here (or can translate the website better than I), feel free to comment!

Jeff writes, “I was just in northern France and Belgium with the family on vacation and was in the Normandy area which incorporated a D-Day beach tour. Stayed in Carentan and came across Paratrooper. I am sure you may have known about them. I visited both businesses which are in different locations. I took some photos of the restoration location, Paratrooper Vehicles and thought you would like to see them.”

Thanks for taking these.  I will add this to my list of must visit places when we do our Great European Jeep Tour.  When are we doing this tour?  I’m hoping in time for the the 70th anniversary of DDay.

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A Fire Truck from Kvalsund, Norway kr45,000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, International, Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

Here’s a 1957 fire truck from Norway that is still in great shape.  This jeep is located in the far north of Norway.

Here’s the Norwegian ad (click here to translate):

Veteran/brannbil fra 1957 selges pga plassmangel. Flott bil og samleobjekt for den interesserte. I 2011 ble den kjørt fra Sarpsborg til Hammerfest uten et feilslag, Har desverre ikke tatt bilder innvendig men di kommer om noen dager det er tank i bilen tror det er plast nyere rør og kuleventiler følger med en bensindrevet pumpe til å kjøre trykk fra tanken, det er slangetrommel i bilen og to sitteplasser helt bak samt hjelm fra den tiden…har også satt inn 3 brannslukkere fra 60/70 tallet av typen Nu Swift bak i bilen, det er også gammeltypen hampslanger både 2 1/2 ” og 1 1/2″ med nord kupplinger.

Har tatt bilder under bilen og det er ikke rust, startet forøvrig på første forsøk etter å ha stått ute sin første vinter.  Har redusert prisen dersom hurtig avgjørelse på salg. Det er en 6 sylindra motor Flatsix Hurricane”

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Custom 6-wheeled Jeep in India

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, International, Mahindra, Unusual • TAGS: .

This looks like a well done rig.  The Mahindra MM540 was phased out in 2000.  You can read about Julian and his jeep in the Hindu Times.


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World’s Largest Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Unusual

UPDATE:  Mark pointed out that Jalopnik has updated the pictures shown below with background information about how why the “Chuck Norris of the Middle East” built the world’s biggest jeep.  

Here is the newest link with the full story:

(Originally Published 04/10/2010) Thanks to Rich for finding this information on JalopnikWe saw an early pic regarding this jeep, but here’s the final product.  Note the other large 4x4s as well. Ahhhh, the life of a sheik .. so much money, so little time!

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Fire Jeeps out of the Netherlands

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, International, Old Images • TAGS: .


I was trying to locate some more interesting willys-related museums, but instead stumbled across the atlantic, landing in the Netherlands (back in time no less).  The result were these 2 great images of old Fire Jeeps with extended rears and wonderful details.  There are a few more smaller images of these jeeps at the Netherland focused website Brandweerforum.  They have some other non-jeep firetrucks there as well.

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Lars’ Jeep Service in Sweden

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Website

DC forwarded Lars’ website.   Lars runs “Willys Service” in Sweden and has been working with Willys for over fifty years.  He has some beautiful jeeps, too.

Willys Service Lars Svensson

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Colombian Flatties from Flickr

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Women & Jeeps

Here’s a nice shot of a jeep  that looks like a statue of some kind.  I don’t think she is a statue though.

This looks like a photo of a postcard maybe?

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Front Page News from a Colombian Yipao

• CATEGORIES: Features, International • TAGS: .

Sebastian was in Colombia last month and saw this amazing picture from a local Colombian festival.  I have got to see one of these festivals for myself sometime 🙂

Unfamiliar with Yipaos?  Check out these videos:

Or view these pictures:

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Colombia Jeep 360 degree Panorama

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

Warren forward this fun link.  Click on the pic.

According to the website that holds the panorama, “This is image was taken in Circasia Quindio Colombia. Its the place where the cattle is sold every weekend. It is also a place where all the farm people go and sell vegetables and meat. The Fire Department is located there. The jeeps are the famous Willys that take people into the mountain to work their farming.”

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War Museum in Pyongyang, North Korea

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Museums

In case you plan a trip to North Korea, you won’t have to leave behind your love of Willys, for the War Museum in North Korean Museum has a captured one there.


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Mitsubishi Right Hand Drive J54 Milburn, Tx $7500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, International • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE:  Price bumped to $7500

(03/19/2011) This looks like a real nice Mitsubishi, but the description had me scratching my head  Now, I’m no expert on Mitsubishi jeeps, but I’m pretty sure there are some inaccuracies in the description.  As a side note, here are a variety of Mitsubishi Jeep brochures that I found.

For example, ‘Diesel engine means long life, biofuel or runs on French fry oil’ — sure, a diesel ‘can’ run on vegetable oil, but it does require some non-trivial modifications.

Or ‘This is an Mitsubishi produced M38A1’ — this is not an exact version of the M-38a1 (not even close). Instead, this appears to be a J-54.

Or even ‘It has High/Low 4×4 & 4×2 Tranny & Transfer case. (3 levers)’ — unclear how it has a 3rd, separate lever for the transfercase when the first two levers represent the entirety of the transfer case.  Below is the description:

“USED WILLYS JEEP CJ3B (High Hood) PRODUCED BY MITSUBISHI CORP JAPAN. This is an Mitsubishi produced M38A1 VIN # J54-16629

Mitsubishi bought the rights to produce the exact Military version M38A1 Jeeps back post WW II They continued production until 1990

There are identical other than some major improvements.
Differences are Mitsubishi installed there 2760cc 4 cylinder Diesel Engine & put in a 4 speed transmission.
It has High/Low 4×4 & 4×2 Tranny & Transfer case. (3 levers)
Has a posi-trac rear end.
Fuel economy is exceptional. (Approx. 25-30 MPG 2×2) (In 4×4 & extreme conditions less)
Pre-Heat standard , WE were starting it this winter during the ice & snow when it was 0’ outside & the windchills at 15 below.

24v system. Dual batteries

They are right hand drive. (Can be converted) Other than engine, tranny & related most other parts interchange. Tops & other accessories are available new today. We carry a full line of service & replacement parts in our inventory.

This Jeep is equipped with a 3″ lift, free flow exhaust, 32″ tires, aluminum mag wheels, bucket wrap around contour seats,
Chrome Bull Bar,. Bikini Top, Roll bar .

We have been completely thru this Jeep & found it to be in excellent mechanical condition. With No Rust.

The engine will out perform even a 6 cylinder & even V-8’s in most any terrain, …. “well other than flat out”
It has a throttle set for climbing the steepest grades with ease & no bouncing accelerator pedal.
Diesel engine means long life, biofuel or runs on French fry oil dependability & less braking desending the steepest of grades.

Willys required there Logo to be on all of them. Other than the Engine & Tranny you cannot tell them apart.
These will last past your Grandchildren.
They will simply out perform any Jeep you are currently familiar with Off-Road. I have had 24 of these over the years & everyone that got one of them just loves them you will to I am sure.

I sold most of them between $8000 & $10000.
I will take $6500 cash money or trade for something that I like or you think is worth more than 65. Please be real , no junk, & send pics. I like man toys, street rods, & would trade for a Rhino in nice condition.

Call or text 580-371-5355”

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1945 GAZ 67B Russian Vehicle

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Unusual

UPDATE: Steve notes the original GAZ was built in only 50 days based on a newspaper clipping.  Here’s additional information:


Darrel wrote me recently noting that he has a 1945 GAZ-67B living in his garage. He said it was also known as an Ivan-Willys, which is similiar to a real Willys, because it has a Ford-A engine that was made in Russia under license.  It is cool! Thanks for sharing Darrel!

Darrel writes, “The GAZ 67 World War Russian vehicles were produced from 1943 to 1953. There were only 5000 of these models made during the war, but in total there were  92,843 of these models produced. It had a 4-cylinder 3280 cc gasoline motor and a top speed of 90 km/h (56 mph).”

And here is a GAZ 67 and GAZ 67B  video with some strange music …

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Women and Jeeps From Flickr

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Features, International, Women & Jeeps

Here are some fun pics from Flickr.  The last one is an illustration that isn’t a great pic.

This image is from Colombia.

The step has been modified, but this is a nice looking flattie.

She’s King of the World (that would be a Titanic reference)

I do not know the artist or name of the painting.

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All Dressed up for a Wedding

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

Claus forwarded this story and pics today from South Africa. As I told him, marriage can be a rocky road, so it only makes sense to start out newlyweds in a jeep!  You might remember Claus’ brother’s build, which can be seen here.

Claus writes, “The past weekend my brother was asked, by one of his friends, to provide his jeep as their wedding car. Apparently the jeep was centre of attraction and completely shadowed the newlyweds hehehe :-). It even was part of the decor at the reception hall.”