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1951 M-38 Shipshewana, IN $1900


Given the warn overdrive, there is some value.


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“This is a true military Jeep. I bought this solely for the purpose of the soft top bows for my resto project. This is what a trail rig, mud bogger, or hunting vehicle would have looked like from this early era of 4×4’s. There are some sought-after parts on it:

-Warn overdrive
-lockout hubs
-working electric windshield wiper
-pintle hook & bumperettes
-side steps
-wide off-road tires

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Year? M-38 Greenville, SC No Price


No title or data plates.

“I’ve got a early 50’s Willys M38 I’d like to sell. Trying to clear some room for more jeeps hah, and this one deserves a good home. Only made from 50-52 for the military with less than 45,000 ever made. Tool indents are there and that area is in good shape. It’s essentially a CJ-3A with tool indents made for the military. The tub and frame are in good shape for the most part. Has rust but very restorable or just get going like it is. Pervious owner just used on the farm. Was last driven a couple years ago, it will need to be gone through. Hood has a ridiculous scoop on it where someone at some point in this jeeps life had swapped a later model F head motor in it. But does have the L head in it now. Tires old air. Everything is there except for the windshield and seats. There are some kind of seats in there now not sure what they came from. No data plates or title. Just a bill of sale. A cool jeep that needs some love. I was going to keep it but I have another and I need space. ”


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1951 M-38 Bossier City, LA $6000


UPDATE: Price dropped to $6000.

(05/16/2015) The grille and frame appear to be M-38, but the body and windshield aren’t.

“For sale is an M38 Jeep. I hate to part with it, but I can’t give it the attention and care it deserves with a new kid and an upcoming move. I’ve owned the Jeep for just under two years, and during that time I’ve spent a lot of time refurbishing the electrical system, oil pressure lines, and hand brake. Additionally, I’ve purchased new gauges, NOS tail lights, master light control switch, seat belts, and more… The motor is an aftermarket L-134 that runs GREAT! The Jeep has a clear title and is ready for a quick and easy sale. If you’re an American, have a passion for Jeeps and their history, and want a great M38… then this the perfect summer purchase for you!”





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1950 M-38 Monroe, MI $13,000

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , .

Looks nice.

“jeep runs and looks great.”



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Year? M-38? Marana, AZ $4500


This is probably a mixture of M-38 and CJ parts.

“1949 Willys CJ2A Jeep. $4500 firm. No trades, cash only.

Jeep V6 motor, updated later model Jeep steering with new steering components, and 11″ Jeep brakes.

This is a hunting jeep, nothing fancy just a good solid working rig. This is not a project, it is ready to load up and go. No trailer required, just snap the tow bar on your truck and go.

New tires (5), clutch, starter, water pump, fuel pump, gas tank, ignition switch, ALL NEW brake components including steel lines and flex lines, wheel and master cyls. etc. New front wheel bearings and seals, rear end has all new seals, new tranny and transfer case seals. New five gallon jerry can.

New front seats with mounts that adjust fwd and back as well as recline and fold fwd.
Rear seat folds up and stows out of the way.
All new exhaust from manifolds to tail pipe out the rear, very quiet muffler.

Fresh tune up including points, condenser, cap, rotor, wires, plugs, carb rebuilt. This motor runs perfect and starts right up. It is excellent mechanical condition.

Also includes an original hard top with doors. Not pictured.
Clear title, is registered and can be test driven.
I will remove the post as soon as it sells.”


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1951 M-38 Conway, MA $1500 or $2500


This M-38 has a few WW2 parts.

“This is a non running project Jeep. It’s serial # 22680 with a d.o.d. 6-51 . It currently has an MB engine block # 480236 with a Kaiser Supersonic high compression head. It also has a WW2 636SA carb. The hood is from a Ford GPW. Basically a straight body with typical rust (hat channels, under tank, etc.) but not a rotted rust bucket. A restorable M38 for $1500.00 Firm.
I also have a good running, low hour MC engine (M38) for $1500.00 . If you take both the Jeep and engine then it’s $2500.00 (which is what it costs to correctly rebuild an engine these days)”


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1951 M-38 Lakewood, CO **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $400.

Despite the condition, there’s some parts value here.

“see pics, its incomplete”


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4 Jeeps Midway City, CA **Status Unknown**


UPDATE: Back on Craigslist.

Four non-oringal jeeps for sale. It is not clear if they are $6000 each or all for $6000. Click the links below for photos of each jeep (from photobucket).

1. 1942 Jeep
2. 1942 Jeep
3. 1951 Jeep
4. 1952 Jeep

“Restored Jeeps with NO ORIGINAL parts
Jeep is not actual War jeeps, just a model replica
Engine run excellent.
Good for parade and shows.



1952 M-38 Jeep — cargo area built from diamond plating.

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1952 M-38 St. Paul, MN $8000

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , .

Seller mistakenly listed this as a M-38A1.

“I’m selling my M38A1 jeep with a clear title and collector plates.It is in great shape and runs great.I have all five original military tires w/tubes,the frame for the canvas top but no canvas,axe and shovel that strap to the sides of the vehicle,back seat,tow bar.All the lights work including night lights,all the gauges work,horn works,two new batteries last week,new muffler from Midwest Military.I am open to offers so if you’re interested give me a shout.Thanks.”






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1951 M-38 Flagstaff, AZ $4750


UPDATE: Still Available

“1951 Willys, M38, jeep for sale. New tires and brake system. Has Ford, Pinto, 122 cid engine. Runs and drives great and always stored indoors. Price is negotiable.”


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1952 M-38 Jackson, MO $9500


Looks pretty original.

“Great Korean War vintage 1952 M38 Jeep. This is military surplus, not a CJ-2 civilian model. Very fun to drive, unrestored, all original except for a new gas tank. New batteries, 24v system. Great to run around the farm or put in a parade. Dull OD green, not a shiney finish to attract the enemies’ attention. My wife did not like driving it near as much as I did.”


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1951 M-38 Denver, CO $10,900


It looks like a the whole body has been rhinolined.

“1951 Jeep M38 4×4 Restored. 19K Original Miles
Mileage: 19477
Exterior Color: Green
Interior: Green
Transmission: Manual”




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1951? M-38? Loveland, CO $15,500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/23/2015) Seller lists this as a M-38, but it appears to have a MB/GPW body and fenders.


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The engine has been completely rebuilt, balanced rotating assembly with new balancer and flex plate. Piston are 9.3:1 .030 over SpeedPro with Teflon coated skirts, Aluminum Heads have 200cc intake runner and 60cc chambers, (valve are one piece forged PBM Erson EV8 staineless steel 2,02 / 1.600, Bronze valve guides, Chrome Moly PBM Retainers and Keepers, Erson Springs good for .550-Lift, 7/16 ARP screw in studs ans Guide plates, ans ARP Head Bolds), Double Roller Timing Chain, 5/16 Hardened Push Rods, SpeedPro Camshaft 214/224 with .472/.496 lift, Erson Forged 1.6 Aluminum Roller Rockers with needle bearing fulcrum), Aluminum Intake, Edelbrock 1403, 500CFM Carb, GM HEI Distributor, GM Delco Remy Alternator and new starter.

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1952 M-38 Huntington Beach, CA $4700


No word on whether it runs or not.

“1952 M38 WILLYS JEEP-
Here it is, ready for you to restore. All original 52′ M38, lowest production jeep made. Jeep was a NV county service vehicle, never been in the DMV system.
I found this jeep in a barn in Navada City, very little rust. I was going to restore, have to many projects.
Needs to go!”


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1951 M-38 Golden, CO $2600


UPDATE: Price dropped to $2600.

Seller encountered a title issue. Now just wanting to sell it.

“1951 Willys Jeep M38
Lots of original features, could be returned to original. Data plates, glove box, wide mouth gas tank, flip forward grill, black out lights, lift points, tow loop, light switch, radio port?, shovel indents
5 chrome spoke wheels with excellent BFG a/t radial tires 235/75/15
rancho suspension – springs and shocks
has a bent leaf on passenger front
Has a top in fair shape
windshield is not cracked
has a tow bar for a 2″ ball on the front
set up for 2″ receiver front and rear – great for a cradle winch
Set up 12 volt with an alternater – need wiring
no lights work
original flathead 4 cylinder engine runs and has decent power but smokes a little
original 3 speed transmission and 2 speed transfer case -there is a broken synchro in tran and it won’t go into 3rd gear -this is a very easy trans to work on, rebuild guides and parts easy to find online
wow are you still reading. ..longest post ever for me…
No title…No title
it sucks i know… i bought it with out a title thinking i could get it done… not gonna happen
there was a title the Vin was wrong, it was transferred to a second buyer he never titled it , it has been purged by the state…
Thus it needs bonded Vin searched and verified
not gonna happen. ..no title
great jeep, rare, runs and drives”


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1952 M-38 Englewood, TN $600


Might be some value here.

“I bought this to restore 10 years ago and never built a garage to do it in. It was a complete Jeep when I bought it and I disassembled to restore. I have no desire to put it back together. It has very little rust and will be an easy restore. All parts are still there as I haven’t moved them since tearing it down. Would consider things that go boom on trade also. It has no title.”



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1953 Model? Oklahoma City, OK $3000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, M-38, M-38A1

No pics provided.

“1953 willys jeep. It runs and drives. It’s a 3 speed manual transmission. Four wheel drive and a 8000 pound pto winch. It will climb anything and everything. It’s a great little jeep and will make someone a very fun toy to play with.”



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1952 M-38 McAllen, TX $4000


That rear tires seems like it fits the rim oddly to me.

“Selling a mint condition 1952 jeep willys runs and drives good”



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1952 M-38 Selah, WA $3200


Needs a little work.

“1952 Willys Jeep Powered by a Weber carbureted 2.0L Ford with a 3 speed behind it. Everything else is original. 32×9 Swampers on 16″ aluminum wheels.

She needs a little work to be road worthy, but as she sits she does run and drive. The 2.0 Smokes a little, and the Brakes need some attention (It’s been sitting for quite a few years) but overall its a cool little Jeep.
As you can see from the pictures the body has some rough patches.”


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7? Jeeps Lexington, MS $5000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, M-170, M-38, M-38A1 • TAGS: .

The black CJ-2A might run (top pic). You’ll need a big trailer.

“Lots of good parts!!! Must all go together.. ”


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1951 M-38 Orange County, CA $4100


UPDATE: Price dropped to $4100

(10/01/2013) This may be good for the price.

“Motivated to sell
Model: Willys 1951 M38
Engine: 350 Chevy
Rebuilt transmission, 3 speed with overdrive, 4 x 4, minimum rust, 4 new tires, and new aluminum wheels.
Custom made rear bumper and tire carrier.
Runs perfectly.”






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1952 M-38 Charlotte, NC **SOLD**


UPDATE: Was $6500. **SOLD**

This is worth some better pics.

“this jeep is all original no rusted panels only a little surface rust running and driving.”

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1951 M-38 Palm Beach, FL $4500


UPDATE: Still Available.

“1951 Jeep
Nice M38
Needs resto
95% of parts/systems
Still together
Original engine”


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1952 M-38 Daytona Beach, FL $18,800

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , .

Mark just listed this at warjeeps.com

“It is a very correct Nut and Bolt Restoration. The Restoration is now several years ago and it shows some wear here and there. It has a Snorkel and a high Exhaust System and all Components are there for fording. It comes with a Military Radio with a tall Antenna as well as a Canvas Top, side Covers and Doors. Though the Doors show some age, they could be original. Further it has a Siren, Primer Pump, Heater, (not installed), Fire Extinguisher, Grease Pump, Shovel and Axe, as well as a Spare Tire and a 5 Gal. Jerry Can. The Willys starts right away and drives fine. It has the correct 24 Volt System. The Body is original, not a reproduction, it is very straight, solid and without any patch Panels. The Engine, Transmission and Transfer Case are in very good condition. The Brakes have been serviced recently and the Brake Fluid has been replaced with Silicone Fluid. It has been meticulously restored several years ago and now shows signs of usage. It would be a great addition for a Car Collector or Military Memorabilia Collector. Please contact me if you have more Questions or want some more pictures. Point of Sale is Daytona Beach. I can assist in shipping. Worldwide!”




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1951 M-38 Henderson, TX **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was listed at $4500.

The windshield sags a bit, but this might be a good resto-driver candidate.

“Korean War era Willys M-38 Jeep in good running condition. Motor is tight with no leaks. Electrical system converted to 12 volt from original 24 volt. Frame restoration done c.2008 – 2009. Transmission and 4WD works fine. All tires new military standard, including spare. Manual and extra parts included for restoration. This jeep is about 70% – 75% restored and will make a great project for restoration, or for recreational use as is.”

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