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1952 M-38 Grand Junction, CO **SOLD**


1952_m38_grandjunction2UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1300

This seems like a good price on a running M-38.

“Original L head, runs. It’s going to sit and rot with me so am selling. It’s in Grand Junction so easy to see. Yes title is good and in my name. Great Flatfender, military Korea timeframe with dana 44 rear T18 and T90. Trade for restoration work on my 1972 F-250 highboy, needs new wooden bed and various dent’s rust spots. May trade for trailer, or Jeep TJ parts, Dana 44’s, winches, bumpers”

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1952 M-38 Montour Falls, NY $15000


1952_m38_montourfallsThis M-38 looks great.  It seems to be missing the high beam switch(?), but appears very complete otherwise.

“You are looking at a “Ground Up Restoration” of a 1952 Willys M38 Jeep.This Vehicle is in Museum quality and Authentic (Period Correct) to the last possible detail.  Runs and looks flawless!  This is EASILY the most authentic, best running and best looking on eBay.
Original Fording Gear included but not pictured.  Production Date and Serial Number: 6/52 #71442  If you have any questions please call 607/594-3656 and ask for Steve.  Evenings are best. You may also email me at: appleacres51@yahoo.com”

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1952 M-38 Cusseta, Ga $6000


1952_m38_cussetaThis looks to me like it’s original, that it’s never been restored.  Given it appears to have under 10k miles, it seems to be an uncommon find.

1952 M38 original condition except for 12v conversion. Was Stored in warehouse for over 30 years. Has some rust. Still has 1952 tires on it, original military markings and less than 11,000 miles on odometer which appears to be original miles based on the way it runs and drives. Have new gas tank but have not installed it…”

You can view more information about this M-38 at the Willys Tech Board

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1952 M-38 Seattle, Wa $9995


1952_m38_seattleUPDATE:  Still for sale.

This M-38 looks to be in very good, unrestored condition.  If you like M-38s, this one might be worth checking out.



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1952 M-38 Dundee, Mi eBay


1952_m38_dundeeFor a body that is ‘very, very solid’ the interior sounds and looks a bit rough.

1952 Willys M38. It is in great condition. Ive owned this jeep since 1989 and have taken great care of it. I have put many hours into modifing and maintaining this Jeep. The body is in great condition, very very solid and very very clean. THere are some spots where there is some rust. All panels where the body meets have a rubber gasket between them. This has helped preserve the jeep over the years and it has done a great job.  The driver side floor board has been replaced years ago and could use a little attention under the seat The floor where the driver puts his feet is in great shape with no rot thru … ”

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1951 M-38 Fresno, CA **SOLD**


1951_m38_fresnoUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4200.

It appears a bit dirty, but this might be a pretty solid flattie.

“This Willys Jeep is in excellent condition for its age. Absoultely no rust on this jeep. The jeep has a small block 327 with a four bolt main. The strongest engine you will find. It has a 2″ suspenison lift and a 3″ body that were installed this past summer. The tires are pro comp X-terrians that measure 33×12.5. The rims are powder coated black and have no more than 500 miles on the tires. The jeep was painted this last summer when the lift was installed. It has a full custom roll cage and a new cb and antenna. The 12,000lbs. mile marker winch may or may not be inlcuded in the sale,depends on the negioated price. Many new summit parts. This jeep will climb with any toyota out there.”

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1951 M-38 Owasso, OK **SOLD**


1951_m38_owassoUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8000

“1951 WILLYS JEEP M38 – $8,000.00 OBO. 26k miles. Third owner (first owner was the US Army), kept in the barn, runs and drives great, 7.50×16 tires. Everything is ORIGINAL to the jeep (OD green paint still underneath) except the carburetor/air cleaner, top, seats. Have the backseat also. Great piece of history – absolutely a blast to drive – gets lots of attention wherever it goes!!”

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Builds — Jim’s modified M-38

• CATEGORIES: Builds, M-38 • TAGS: .

Jim writes that this jeep came with a “Big 4 bolt camaro 350 V8, auto trans, power steering, disc, later model CJ5 running gear, M38 33/10/15 muds etc. Still have the beast, havent decided what to do with it but its a ton of fun and a handful with all that power!”


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1952 M-38 Graham, WA **SOLD**


1952_m38_graham2UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000.

This is a good looking M-38.  It looks like it’s ready for the trails.

“Jeep military flatfender low hood great body motor is out (Chevrolet V-6) it has dana 44’s front and rear. warn 8000# winch, with remote all parts to put together so I was told and it looks like it does. Roll cage one of the nicest uncut bodys I have seen no rust the hood needs a little work but a easy fix. disk front brakes someone in a club originaly put this Jeep together. Saginaw trans.& Dana 20 transfer case. “

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1964 CJ-3B San Diego, Ca **SOLD**


FINAL UPDATE:  Melanie has sold her Jeep.  Congratulations!

Melanie provided some interesting information she gleaned from the sale of her jeep.  Most notably, when comparing ebay, craigslist, and auto trader, Melanie felt like she got by far the most quality responses from the auto trader magazine.

She also reports:

“What I experienced while trying to sell the jeep may not be new to others, but was an eye opener for me!

I had one guy tell me that I had misrepresented the jeep and that I didn’t know what I was talking about.  He basically was trying to bully me into lowering my price.   I did a lot of research before I ran my ad to make sure that everything I stated was true and accurate.  Still, it was unpleasant being called a liar.

Another guy was a smooth/fast talker and very aggressively insisted that I had agreed in a previous phone conversation to sell him the jeep for way below my asking price.   While he was talking circles around me, I started thinking to myself “wow, this is what it’s like to be scammed!”  The conversation ended with me saying “uh, wait…” and him saying a check is in the mail *click*.  I returned his check via certified mail.

On a positive note, I’ve talked to a lot of great jeep enthusiasts from all over the United States.  The majority have been polite and pleasant to talk to.   The ad I ran in the Auto Trader Classics magazine generated a lot of serious inquiries.  It was much more productive than e-bay or craigslist. ”

Thanks for info Melanie!


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1951 M-38 Elburn, IL $5200


1951_m38_elburnIt’s got a few dings and plenty of dust, but it appears sound, complete and stock.

“1951 M38 Jeep Willys. Korean war model. Runs good, many extra parts. As the pitcures shows does have the original accessories for the military. Very fun vehicle to drive and reliable. Call Dave at 630-333-2477”


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1952 M-38 Millbrae, Ca eBay


1952_m38_millbraeThe overdrive will get you down the freeway and the 5:38 gears + the winch will get you through the trails.  Nice.

“I’ve had this jeep for about 17 years. In 1996 I decided to bring it back to its military look with some extras. I had the motor and trans. rebuilt and the t case inspected and resealed. The motor is not original,it has a 1964 buick 225 v6. The rest of the drive train is original military issue as far as I know with the addition of a Warn overdrive and a Lockrite locker in the rear dana 44 with 538 gears. The overdrive gives an extra gear in all 3 spds and is great for highway speeds and allows you to keep up with traffic at 65+mph.”

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1952 M-38 Surakarta, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia eBay


1952_m38_indonesiaThis is for our Indonesian readers, of which there are probably zero ….  However, we have some great readers from India who might find this M-38 a rare opportunity.  NOTE:  This body does not have the battery opening on the cowl nor the cutouts on the passenger side!!

“This is a 1952 Willys GPW M38. It has been completely disassembled and rebuilt and restored from the ground up. Everthing on or in this Jeep has ethier  been rebuilt or replaced. The engine was rebuilt in the process. Everthing works as it should including all the gauges. The top and all the upholstery is new…..”

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1951 M-38 Mt. Pleasant, PA **SOLD**


1951_m38_mtpleasantUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2200..

“jeep needs finished but can be driven . have wind shield, hood, tailgate and most parts to finish.”


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1953 M-38 Bethany, CT $9,500


1953_m38_bethanyGiven this M-38 is doing duty as a storage unit, it’s hard to tell what the condition of it is. The description is slim, too.

“completely restored..excellent condition…Call (203) 996-9522”


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1951 M-38 Portland, Or Trade for Wrangler …


This seller would like to trade his flattie for a wrangler.  He’ll take cash too; the title says $11,000, but the ad says $8,000 – $10,000.

“Would like to trade my Willys & some cash for a quality, late model Wrangler with A/C, Auto, 6 cyl – Clean no junk please. My jeep is worth 8K – 10K”


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1948 CJ-2A/CJ-3A/M-38 Durango, Ca **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, M-38 • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Going to Denmark

This is a combo jeep of some kind.  Looks pretty nice, though it’s not perfectly accurate.  Maybe it’s just the title that’s wrong somehow?

“A great little jeep,runs and drives excellent. The good stuff and everything I’ve added, replaced, rebuilt, etc: Has a clear Arizona title, titled a 1948 Willys Jeep is turn key, start it and go, needs nothing. Original flathead 4 cylinder engine, converted to 12 volt, looks and runs like it was rebuilt at some time, runs great, near silent and smooth with excellent oil pressure at 45-50 psi and never any smoke. Original transmission/transfer case, also rebuilt at some time, shifts very tight, quiet, never does the “2nd gear pop” like so many Willys. “

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1952 M-38 Redding, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE **SOLD** Was $1000.

Not sure how much value is here, but may be worth a look …

“this is a 52 jeep willies orignal war jeep.. mostly all stock clean body! i have been primering it up back to army green and getting it allready 4 paint. engine dose need some work but alittle tlc it will run once again. -$1000 obo”

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1952 M-38 FL $8000


Has an MB?GPW head. Could be a rebuilt engine.


“1952 Willys M38 Jeep with title. All original run good. Original 1952 spare tire, New original tires.Many original spare parts gas tank, tow bar, lighting ect…”

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1953 M-38 Denver, Co $8000


I’m not convinced this is actually a complete vehicle, given it appears the front driveline is missing.  If the lift was reduced significantly, as well as the price, then the chances of a sale will likely increase.  On the plus side, the body/hood/fenders look straight and the engine has been nicely fitted into the engine compartment.

“1953 flatfender m38a jeep for sale or trade for motorcycle. chassi off restore with new paint and all new hardware. complete 350 v8 conversion with all professional fabricated mounts and frame mods. 4 barrell carb, modified steering. spring over with rancho springs, 7″ lift, 31″ tires. shackle reversal …. it was custom built for friend that had to move away, no time for it my self. give me a call or write me back if interested it is valued around 8k but will consider any offer cash or trade. Ben 303.548.5557”


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1951 M-38 Classiccars.com $8995


While lacking polish, this M-38 appears very complete.  I’m not sure where it’s located, but if you are interested you can find out more at Classiccars.com.

1951 Jeep M38 made by Willys. Desert sand, black canvas top with doors. Good military tread tires and canvas seat covers. Working wipers and military black out lights. Same owner for 11 years. For more information please call Roger or Bob at 229-382-4750″


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1952 M-38 Los Angeles, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4500

This looks like it’s in great shape.  May have potential for a beautiful restoration project.

“1952 willys jeep m-38 marine . converted to 12 volt, small rust on passenger floor runs great , good desert jeep , pink slip in hand .”


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1954 M-38 Dayton, VA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

This M-38(?) was just auctioned for $5500 on Monday on ebay, so it’s no longer for sale.  The strange thing to me is that it appears to be a M-38, with the glove box and the passenger side cutouts, but it doesn’t have a tail gate or the battery box on the passenger side.  Anyone have thoughts on why that might be?

“This is a 1954 Willy Jeep 4×4.  It’s considered a 1954 because of its chassis, however, it was restored as a 1947.  It has approximately 8,000 miles on the engine and a brand new battery.  This Jeep has been garaged since restoration and has a beautiful, red color.  It has a 3 speed, manual transmission and again, is 4×4.  It does not have a top, however, they can be purchased. A family member restored the vehicle approximately 18 years ago and recently, signed the title over to me. “

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1951 CJ-3A Colorado Springs, Co $500


This looks pretty good for a $500 jeep.  It looks like it might be a M-38, though the driver’s side is missing the indents.

“51 Willies jeep-has title-no running-95 % complete-ready to restore or great parts vehicle-call for info or address-steve @ 648-7623”


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M-38 Bow, Washington No Price


The seller inherited this jeep, but appears not to know much about them.

“1944 Willys Jeep. Engine runs good. Tires are excellent. Brakes needs some work. I inherited this vehicle some time ago and just don’t have the storage or time to devote to it. I’m listing it without a price because I really don’t know where to start. I’m willing to consider all offers.”