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1951 M-38 Fallbrook, CA $12,000


Looks solid.


“1951 USN Military Police M38. I’ve had her for a few years and been fixing her up. I don’t want to sell her, but I need to so I can fund schooling.

You can see some of the original stencils under the paint.

Runs and Drives, all lights work. I drive her around town and take her to the local airport Frequently.”

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1951 M-38 Auburn, CA eBay


It’s listed as a 1948, but is actually a 1951 M-38 (see description for more info). It lacks a speedometer.

View all the information on eBay






“1951 Willys M38 Jeep
Willys serial # MC24291. Oregon DMV assigned # DRF84972, this is the VIN on the title, they probably couldn’t find the tag behind the seat.
Powered by a Chevy 327 that runs good and actually makes it quite scary fast to drive.
Very good power steering and 11” brakes, it stops good.
3 speed transmission with over drive, 2 speed transfer with locking hubs.
It shifts good and doesn’t pop out of gear.
All lights, turn signals and gauges are working, good oil pressure and the charging system works.
No speedometer (see photos).
Twin fuel tanks, full roll cage, tilt wheel and good tires.
Has one small rust spot underneath (see photos) and a front end alignment is due.
All around a good solid old military jeep that is fast and entertaining to drive.
Clear California title.
California residents will be subject to DMV fees and 7.25% sales tax.

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1952 M-38 Goldendale, WA $3500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/17/2016) Runs with an f-head.


“Jeep M38
L Head Engine
Rear PTO
Rear Seat
Warne Lockamatic Hubs
Runs Good
Contact #5zero9-773-3849!’

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1952 M-38 Middle Grove, NY $14,500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(06/16/2018) Looks in good shape. Has a few minor mods.


“1952 M38 Willy’s jeep. Beautiful Condition. Full frame off restoration 10 yrs ago. All original body, no rust or rot anywhere! New tires, new aluminum radiator, new wiring harness. 11″ brake upgrade. Too much to list. $14500 call”

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1951 M-38 Los Angeles, CA $5500


This may or may not be in Los Angeles, but does have California plates.


“Yes it is a 1951 m38. With a 4 cyl flathead original motor. 4×4. Hart top removable Jeep runs good doors needs same work to close right 12 volts already”

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1952 M-38 Huntington Beach, CA $5500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(02/10/2018) Looks ready for camping and exploring.


“1952 M38 with 1960 buick V6,
Winch, Arizona title and tags current.
Looking for cash ir trade for older full size truck, bronco, blazer, CJ 7
No boats, no bikes, no BS”

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1951 M-38 Body & Front Clip Bellevue, TN $1500


Just the body and front clip. Not the whole jeep.


“1951 Jeep Willy’s M38 military jeep. I am selling the body ONLY. I have replaced the original body with a new. Comes with the tube, both fenders, hood, grill, and with windshield frame without the glass. Does have rust. Will send more pictures of rust upon request. Asking $1,500 OBO.”


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1951 M-38 Greenwood, CA $5500


It’s a project. It’s been modified.



“$5500 obo. I know what I have and 1951-1953 M38’s were the fewest made. This jeep is built so that you can drive on the highway (55-60mph) and off-road.

1951 M38 Willys Military Jeep. Was 24 volt but has been converted to 12 volt. I have been working on this project for many years and I’m not interested in finishing it. I have taken this down to the frame and started to put it back together. It ran and drove before my restoration began.
It has a:
Buick V6 even fire out of an early Grand National (better than the odd fires) (could put a turbo on it!)
Dana 27 front axle
Dana 44 Rear axle
Brand new Rancho 2.5 inch lift kit with new leafs and shocks
Muncie SM422 4-speed
T-18 Transfer case (brand new adapter from Novak)
Super Swamper 32.5 inch tires (5 of them)
DISC BRAKES new brake lines
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2 M-38s Inland Empire, CA $2000


Not sure how much value is here.


“2 army Jeeps. Tires on the rustier one have to come off because they belong to a friend.”

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1951 M-38 Tub Monroe, GA $550


Seems like a fair price.


“1951 Jeep M38 Tub & windshield Frame some rust repairable”



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Year? M-38 Pearl River, LA $3850


Listed as a 1948, this sure looks like an M-38 to me.


“1948 Jeep Willy’s 4×4. The engine is rebuilt and runs great. $3850.”

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1951 M-38? Yucca Valley, CA $5500


This M-38 might have a replacement body. I can’t tell for sure.


“selling for friend, 1951 wi llys jeep, great condition, 4 cyl. runs great, call for more info.”

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1952 M-38 San Clemente, CA $9500


Looks in good shape.


“1952 Marine Corps built Jeep Willys in good condition. I am currently unable to get it to start ( not very mechanically inclined.) however it did run for several months when I bought it, very fun and a great project vehicle.

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1953? M-38 Lake Stevens, WA $4500


UPDATE: Still Available.

Has a center seat and a Sears halftop.


1953 Willy’s CJ3A, 60,000 original Miles, custom halfcab hardtop, bikini top and half doors, F134 four cylinder engine runs good.
Needs brakes, clutch, windshield wipers don’t work. New fuel tank, fuel lines, hoses, electronic ignition, starter & solenoid, and water pump.
It can be test driven.
This Jeep has been in my family since it was new. It was handed down to my father, then to me last year.”

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1952 M-38 Kiowa, CO $2000


It’s a project combine with an unhappy girlfriend.


“52 M38. Ford 302. Auto Trans. Solid body. Lockers front and rear. Comes with all kinds of parts. Windshield. Homemade frame. Bought for a project but the girlfriend isn’t happy.”

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1952 M-38 Watertown, TN $4444


Not sure how much value is here.


“Clear Tennessee title in my name to be transferred.Very Solid military M-38 Korean war era Willys – Overland.Jeep 1971 v-6 upgraded.dual exhausted with headers/mufflers .Needs finished,including replacing dash,guages converted to 12 volt./,Previously titled in Arizona/Colorado. More pics can be p.m.ed with an appointment to view.We also have a car trailer for use to deliver anywhere.to borrow/rent/purchase for an additional $1000”


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1951 M-38 Salem, OR $4000


Floors might have some rust.


“51 M38 Willys Jeep with artic top. All original parts.”

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1952 M-38 Boise, ID $4500


Looks quite complete. This was made for 3 years (1950, 1951, 1952), not two years. Also, not the last of the flat fenders.


“This a military M38 Jeep. Only made for 2 years. The last and best of the flat fenders. Converted to 12 volt. Has lots of extra parts and goodies. Has a full winter cab and heater.”

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FC Chassis Vinton, IA $500


Probably an FC-170 chassis. No pics of chassis provided.


“FC jeep chassis. Frame, 6 cyl jeep gas engine, transmission, transfer case, axles. Was running when parked. Picture is for reference only. This is only the frame, engine, drive train, no body components. I can load on your trailer.

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1947? M-38? Sutherlin, OR $2200


Seller listed this as a 1947 CJ-3A, yet has either an M-38 body or a reproduction body. Either way, it’s a project.


“1947 Jeep CJ3A Pinto Engine. 5 speed Manuel. New Transfer case.”

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1951 M-38 Riverhead, NY $7695


UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/24/2017) It could use a little work, but runs.


“This is a 1951 M38 Jeep. This vehicle has never been civilianized – it is still 24 volt. This is being sold as a project vehicle. The floors in this Jeep are solid. We did some of the major repairs here to present a running vehicle. This includes a new brake system (master cyl, wheel cyls, steel lines), new fuel tank, new steel fuel line set, a tune up, two new batteries, rebuilt carburetor and other small details. We also added new glass in the Windshield and brand new canvas seat cushions. ”

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1951 M-38? Fortuna, CA $3500


UPDATE: Price dropped to $3500. Has overdrive.

(09/26/2018) Has a Bobcat hood.


“One of a kind Jeep. Powered by Chevy 327 small block. 3 speed manual transmission with high and low splitter. 4×4 original Axel’s beautiful machine once in a lifetime find. No rust or rot. Barn find this is what I paid for it. Not trying to profit just need the money to put a flatbed on my pickup. Currently has no bed and cannot be used. So I’m selling for that reason. ”


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1952 M-38 Orting, WA $9500


It’s a nice looking build, but there’s still some work left on it.


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“Love classic old Jeeps and would like a project? My husband was restoring this Jeep with a friend when he got ill. He has now died, and the Jeep is not finished. In fact, the engine is the only thing almost finished. The rest is still to be done. His intent was to put only the best in this Jeep that he was going to keep for himself.

New parts: 225 Buick Odd Fire V-6 (professionally rebuilt by Bud Williams), 0 miles, 4 barrel carburetor and high rise; HEI distributor; Headers, 2 1/2 inch dual exhaust with Flomasters; Starter; One-wire alternator; Spark plugs and wires; Painless wire kit; Clutch disc, pressure plate, and throw out bearing; Beard front seats; Tail lights; Offenhauser valve covers; Remote oil filter kit; 5 quarts break-in oil; 5 quarts running oil; 2 filters for kit.

Already had – not new: Bestop top; Bikini top; Top loader Ford 4 speed; Warn overdrive; Scatter shield; Rebuilt crossflow radiator; Flanged axle spicer 44 rear with Detroit Locker No Spin; Open knuckle disc brake 44 front with spicer lower lock (both have gear ratio of 5.38); Stainless steel windshield, hood, and grill; Warn 8000 lb winch; 5 15″ mags, spare with no tire – super swampers 33x12x15 Wrangler; Tilt steering wheel; Power steering; Full cage roll bar; Hydraulic clutch; Electric fan; Tow bar.”

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1951 M-38 w/Trailer Jacksonville, FL $38,000

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UPDATE: I had this in Arizona, but it’s actually Jacksonville, Florida.

Robin’s got this nice looking M-38 for sale with the trailer. Given some of the museum restorations I’ve seen, I think it’s better-than museum quality. Contact Robin Springer at
(904) 468-0006 for more info.

“I have a 1951 Willys M-38 for sale.
Mint condition. Multiple show winner with multiple trophies.
Museum quality.
Will not find one in better condition.
Radio, 50 caliber & 30 caliber Machine guns
Includes trailer…





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1950 M-38 Hopkinton, RI **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4500.

(10/09/2018) **SOLD**

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“1950 Willys M38 12V running/driving chassis AND aftermarket, never installed, complete body in primer

Also comes with:
*body kit includes: tub, floor pans, both new fenders, hood, windshield frame, and an original hinged grill, new tailgate with tire mount, and jerry can mount, front/rear bumpers, correct era cans of paint

*extra m38 windshield with good glass (frame needs rust repair, but certainly worth saving)
*both front seat frames
*brand new battery
*the entire brake system, stem to stern is new.
*5 like new, correct NDCC 7.00 x 16 tires (nubs still on them) with good tubes
*air cleaner (to mount on firewall)
*top bows (NO CANVAS)
*new front bumper, lights, lifting hooks, gauges
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