M-38A1 Research Archives


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1952 M-38A1 Putnam Valley, NY $3900


It runs, but has several rotted places.



“1952 Willys army military jeep m38a1 in pretty good shape!
Frame is good with no rot at all just rust.
Body is decent with some rot but not horrible.
Engine starts and runs and sounds healthy on a test fuel tank, haven’t tried gassing up the fuel tank in the jeep.
Brakes don’t work at all, clutch is good, emergency brake works.
Goes into gear and moves, transmission is good!

All tires are holding air and actually in pretty good shape!
Doesn’t appear to have ever been plowed with!!!

Let’s be real here, I just don’t have time for another project. This is a good jeep, buy it before someone else’s does!

No trades
Similar to cj5 m-151
Clean clear nys transferable reg
Last registered as a farm vehicle in 1991. This was a true barn find in upstate ny.”


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1953 M-38A1 Binghamton, NY $1000


Given the Meyer hardtop (has one dent in the back), there might be some value here?

“1953 military jeep with hard top complete truck all original will sell parts or whole”



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1952 M-38A1 & 1959 CJ-3B Rockingham, NC $1200


Parts or project.

“52′ runs and rolls, front clip gone, started working on interior floor.

59′ is locked up, but the body is all there. Needs some interior work. Selling both as is, you pick up

First 6 pictures are of the 1952 Jeep, the last 3 pictures are of the 1959 Jeep”




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1952 M-38A1 Brunswick, NY $1100


Maybe some value here, especially given the Cab Enclosure top.

“Body has some rust and dents,not running.frames good.$1100”


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2 M-38A1s Weaverville, CA $1000


Looks like a good price for both.

“Two M38A1 Willys Jeeps.
Both are missing parts. The Green one has been sandblasted and painted.Comes with non-original V6 and T90 transmission with adapter. Clean CA title and Historic Vehicle plates.
Yellow one is missing engine and transmission, dash….and many other parts.
$1000 for the two. Will part out.”


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1953 M-38A1 + Trailer Semmes, AL $5000


Needs work of some type.

“53 army jeep
Trailer comes with it
V8 283
Needs work
5k obo”


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1952 M-38A1 Vader, WA $22,500

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

Looks like a nice combo.

“1952 – Korean War – Military Jeep – Original – Fully Restored – Matched 1/4 Ton Trailer – New 24 Volt batteries – Collector Plates -”



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1956 M-38A1 Lake Havasu City, AZ **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6500.

This is an interesting rig. It’s listed as a 1956, but it’s got a ’52/’53 hinged grille. It’s got an M-38A1 body, but doesn’t have the battery cowl lid or lip.

“Cute and fun to drive…5 New tires from Discount tires $1,000…new exhaust system from manifold to rear…new front brakes.

Motor is a 232 Ambassador 6 not the small 4 & 6 cylinder motors offered.

All Canvas in good shape…windows zip down…ready for a winch…has hitch for towing.

Motor does not smoke at all….fresh points and new Coil…fresh Oil Change and Filter…fresh fuel filter and new air cleaner.

I have some extra parts such as races and bearings and seals for the front locking hubs…so ask for them if you buy the jeep.”
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1952 M-38A1 Garden Grove, CA **Status Unknown**


UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $2980.

The windshield on this M-38A1 appears fixed. This may have a V-6. The price has dropped on this one.

“motor full inyección turbo front gran national gauches more”



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1952 M-38A1 w/Trailer Paradise, CA $14,000

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1, trailer

Has a few dings here and there.

“I have a 1952 M38A1 first generation Military Jeep and 1942 M100 WWII for sale $14,000.00 OBO or trade for a pickup that runs good and has three or four door. The Jeep is all original except for the oil gauge but I have in garage just need to find sending unit. It is 24 volt kept it all original has less than 1000 miles on rebuilt engine from Pennsylvania. Put a lot of time and money in jeep and was used for funerals and parades in Paradise California.

Hate to get rid of it my grandfather rode in it just before he passed wanted to keep it but my family is in need of a new engine for my 1996 GMC K1500 and a transmission for my wife’s car plus a few gifts under the tree for my ten year old son would be nice. I am the commander for the Disabled American Veterans in Paradise and the guys are going to miss it but my family has to come first. If interested give me a holler I only do business local or in the States. No foreign dealings unless you come to US with cash. No checks of any kind cash only or go together to bank together.”


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1953 M-38A1C Spring, TX $1350


This also has the tailgate.Not sure how much value is here.

“Truck utility 1/4 Ton 4 x 4 M38A1.
Date Delivered: July 1953.
Manufacturer’s Serial Number: 51801.
First with acceptable best offer takes it home! Make me an offer I can’t refuse and it’s yours. I thought I could take on this little fix-up project but I was simply deceiving myself… I don’t have the time. But, for someone with that loves old classics this is a dream task.”


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1953 M-38A1 West Point, CA $4200


Some M-38A1s came with Perkins?

“53 Willy’s Jeep
Perkins Diesel, Motor and drive train are Factory
Can be check out on Internet
Needs Differentials Replaced (Front and Rear)
Have Both
Winch and Tow Bar
Have clean title (on non-op)
More pictures on request”


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1954 M-38A1 Elsa, TX $4000


What’s that on the back? A feeder of some type?

“Up for sell is a 1954 Jeep Willys M38A1. It has been great to us but we no longer need it due to us selling our ranch. It was repainted in a line-x paint about 4 years ago and had a majority of things replaced. It has new mud tires and new locking warn hubs put on before we parked it a couple of months ago. 3 Speed manual, 4X4 works great just needs a carburetor kit and a battery and will be up and running. It can be started if you would like to see it on. We also do have original fuel tank but had a small leak so we took it off but it can be repaired. Can send more info and better picture on request. No Title, Bill of Sale.”


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1952 M-38A1 Vancouver, WA $2900


Has a Kelly hardtop. Runs and drives.

“This is a half finished Project Willy’s. It runs and drives. Mechanically sound and starts right up. Body and electric system is the next step. It’s an old jeep that needs a new home. $2900.00 or best, realistic, CASH offer. I’ve spent over $7000.00 in parts and labor above the purchase price. I’ve just lost interest. My loss is your gain.”


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1953 M-38A1 Templeton, CA $6000


No pics provided.

“Original 1953 USMC willies jeep. Engine fires right up, good rubber, soft top, of lights, full roll cage, 9000 pound winch, visible motore poolnumbers, looks good, desert issue so no rust, solid metal, clean title, Spain trans, lockable hubs and tow bar. Perfect candidate for military show truck!
runs strong has slow air leak in clutch line.”


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Year? M-38A1 Weslaco, TX **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $600.

Maybe some value?

“Not sure on year ???
No title.
I have keys for it.
I have video of the body if you would like to see.”

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CJ-5s & M-38A1s



  1. 1953 M-38A1 Houston, TX $900: https://houston.craigslist.org/cto/d/willy-jeep-1953/6412306261.html
  2. 1953 M-38A1 Conroe, TX $6500: https://houston.craigslist.org/cto/d/m38a1-army-willys-jeep-1953/6409592053.html
  3. 1953 M-38A1 Albuquerque, NM $18,000: https://albuquerque.craigslist.org/cto/d/original-1953-willys-jeep/6410237901.html
  4. 1952 M-38A1 Denver, CO $6950: https://denver.craigslist.org/cto/d/reduced-1952-m38a-willys-jeep/6413744420.html
  5. 1954 M-38A! Boise, ID $5400: https://boise.craigslist.org/cto/d/1954-m38a1-cj5-military-jeep/6412609946.html


  1. 1963 CJ-5 Kennedyville, MD $3750: https://easternshore.craigslist.org/cto/d/1962-jeep-willys-cj5/6372379782.html
  2. 1963 CJ-5 McAllen, TX For Trade: https://corpuschristi.craigslist.org/bar/d/1963-willys-jeep/6411147114.html
  3. 1959 CJ-5 Arvada, CO $2000: https://denver.craigslist.org/cto/d/1959-willys-jeep/6412152630.html
  4. 1958 CJ-5 Twin Falls, ID $4200: https://twinfalls.craigslist.org/cto/d/1958-cj3-willys-jeep/6412560273.html
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1955 M-38A1 Newnan, GA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8000.

I can appreciate that not everyone recognizes the elements that make up a stock jeep. And, I don’t mean to be harsh, but do want to be fair …. with that in mind, when a seller lists a jeep with the title “Museum Car: M38” (Not M-38A1), and then follows up in the ad’s text with “Everything original except the engine”, it begs closer inspection. In this case, just some of the non-original items include:
1) The bumper guard;
2) The turn signals
3) The front fender skirts
4) The paint color
5) The steering dampener
6) four of the five gauges
7) Speaker in dash
8) The radio in dash
9) Turn signal mechanism
10) The wiring running up the steering column
11) The passenger handle on the dash
12) The rims

“Everything is original except the engine which is a 80s Pontiac v6
Needs a rewire. Will need to be towed.



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1952 M-38A1 Fire Jeep Ladera Ranch, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was listed at $13,900 

(04/26/2016) “1952 Willys Jeep/ M38A1 (former Military/early CJ) converted to Brush Fire pumper somewhere along the way. I don’t have much history on this vehicle. But, Drives great, pump disconnected for now, but does work. New Paint 2 years ago. (NOTE; PHOTOS SHOW FORMER UPPER HOSE TRAY, HOSE REEL AND TANK WHICH HAVE BEEN REMOVED AND SCRAPPED, REPLACED WITH SECOND SEAT IN REAR WITH MATCHING FRONT SEAT UPHOLSTERY) Now a GREAT truck for parades with the family or cruising the hills of California, or wherever. Fits in any garage!

Other details; Original 4 cyl Willys engine, transmission (3spd) high/ low range, 4 WD (though I’ve never locked front axles, all instruments work along with all electrical working.

History; I’m about the 3rd owner, purchased about 10 years ago from FF in CT. who purchased it from person in PA. As mentioned, definitely a former military M38A1 that was retrofitted as a fire pumper. Some base yellow paint on frame may point to it serving on air base or carrier? No other history known.”






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1952 M-38A1 West Valley City, UT $2299


Engine is supposed to run. Seller knows little about it.

“I have a 52 jeep willys m38a1 with original motor and drive train motor does run I have a video of it running it does need body work you know because it is 65 years old it does need some axle work the front driver hub is pulled apart for previous owner don’t know much about it I work for a towing company and got it from a impound if you have any questions text is best”



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1953 M-38A1 Sioux City, IA $2900

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, M-38A1

The dash on the passenger side has been modified. This is a former Fire Jeep.

“Selling my 1953 M38A1 Military jeep. Prior to me buying this it had been sitting for 5 years. It was used by a rural Fire dept before that. So the fire dept added the rear rack. Replaced the seats with buckets from god only knows where.
The good is this jeep has very little rust, fuel Tank has been steam cleaned and coated. New batteries & fuel pump have been installed (it is still a 24 volt system) starts runs shifts and drives. Brakes are sketchy and will need attention. Clearly the jeep has oversized tires and wheels. The wiring will need some attention. The always bent and broken front fenders are near perfect. This is a great stump jumper or restoration project. Priced right.
No trades.”



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1960 M-38A1 San Jose, CA $3000


Seller can’t find keys.

“1960 Jeep willy. My late step-dad’s project that never got to finish. It was operational a few years ago, but we cant find the keys. It has not been started since then, so some work is going to be required. We have the pink slip in hand, but no keys. I still am debating between keeping it until I have the finance to fix it up or sell it to a good home. But it is definitely up for sale and will be in the garage until then

The interior and exterior is much better compared to other Jeep willy of this price range. We have a new gas tank that was never installed which will be included. Currently has one seat installed.”



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1952 M-38A1 Saranac Lake, NY No Price


I’m not sure if it still plows or now. Has a Koenig hardtop.

“1952 Willy Jeep for parts. Good drive train, good frame’


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Early M-38A1 Stockton, CA $1500


Depending on the winch, there could be value here.

“Needs total restoration ”



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Jeeps & Military Vehicles For Sale

• CATEGORIES: M-38, M-38A1

Jamison let me know that a friend of his has a large number of jeeps and military vehicles for sale. It looks like they are out of Texas. I don’t have time to go through all the links, so I’ll leave the hunting up to you:

Jeeps: http://vintagemilitarytrucks.com/Jeeps.htm For example, Jamison tells me that a bunch of the M-38A1s for sale here are his friend’s jeeps: http://vintagemilitarytrucks.com/M38A1%20Willys%20Jeep.htm

M725 Ambulance: http://vintagemilitarytrucks.com/M725_Kaiser_Jeep_page.htm

M715: http://vintagemilitarytrucks.com/M715.htm

Kaiser Jeep Deuces: http://vintagemilitarytrucks.com/M35A2.htm