M-38A1 Research Archives


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1953 M-38A1 Cortland, NY $2995


Craig shared this one. It includes a Warn OD.

“Started life as a military M38A1. Has since been blended with several donor CJ5’s. Converted to 12 volt alternator, lights and starter. Wheels are standard 15”. Seats are out of a ’72 Scout. Rear of Jeep was removed by a previous owner so I installed a tailgait and have included a new tailgait yet to be painted. A new windshield frame and gasket is also included as the one on it has cracked.
It’s been sitting for several years. Runs great, Moves, but won’t stop. Brakes will need to be addressed. I will include new wheel cylinders, but the master cylinder should probably be replaced also. Includes an older Besttop soft top with doors. Doors are good. Top has a few issues.
4 cylinder f head engine.
3 speed trans with a rare Warn “all-range” overdrive. New, the overdrive sells for $1000+. Overdrive is still manufactured and sold by Advance Adapters as a Saturn overdrive.”


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1962 M-38A1 Birmingham, AL $9500

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Looks solid.

“Korean War Era Willys M38A-1 Jeep in good condition. Same owner for 21 years. Tub and frame in great shape. It has been converted to 12 volt system. Comes with full canvas top, side curtains, doors and an extra carburetor.”


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M-38A1s in Sylacauga, AL


The seller has a complete jeep and a parts jeep.

  1. 1952 M-38A1 Sylacuaga, AL $2400: https://bham.craigslist.org/cto/6125076189.html
    “Military willys jeep 1952 m38a1 complete jeep in good shape , engine runs but has noise”

    1. 1963 M-38A1 Tub Sylacauga, AL $1100: https://bham.craigslist.org/cto/6124892312.html
      “1963 M38A1 Military Willys Jeep tub in very good condition. No Rust!”
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1952 M-38A1 Oxford, MS $7500

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This one looks in good shape. Barry spotted it. It almost looks like the rear wheels are larger than the fronts. It must be an optical illusion?

“I am selling my 52 Willys overland, frame off restoration with a little over 23k mileage. Runs and drives really nice, very fun to drive. I have too many projects and need to let this one go. I will consider trades for running drivable Camaro, Chevelle or an 87 Monte Carlo SS hardtop. ”


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1955 M-38A1 Lyman, SC **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $15,500.

Looks nice.

“Off the chassis restoration. No rust. New tires, doors, beachwood top and seats.Excellent condition mechanically and body. Ready to put in parades and car shows or just to drive around town. Painted military od green with proper military army marking.”

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1952 M-38A1 Denton, TX $6850


Looks like the passenger fender may have been dented.



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1953 M-38A1 Charlotte, NC **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000.

Looks like a good price.

“1953 m38 a1 marine corps readio jeep. good condition, runs, drives, with title. ”

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1954 M-38A1 Brush Truck Mount Airy, MD $3000

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

Needs some work.

“1954 Willys Jeep M 38A1 Brush Truck
need brakes and a gas tank
12 volts”


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1953 M-38A1 Copa, AZ **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $6500.

(05/12/2017) Been parked for a while, but still looks in good shape.

“Original M38 A1 Jeep. 3 speed, 4 cylinder hurricane 134 engine, all original. 24v electronics. Waterproof alternator etc. Cool original military accessories. Been parked for over 8 years. One of the very first m38a1 ever built. No rust but will need some help to run again.”

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1952 M-38A1 Rustin, CA $12,000


Could use some better pics, but sure looks pretty stock.

“M38a1 willys military USMC version of the cj5.. very origional, top, doors, military radio.. xtra parts include new f134 engine, many spares, licenced, pink in hand… black plate if you want it.. . John contact ”


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1954 M-38A1 Emmett, ID $3800


Has an overdrive and appears to have some Allstate hubs.

“Great condition Jeep, its a real military model Willies. Original F Head 4 cylinder engine. Runs Excellent, starts excellent, drives excellent. No issues that would keep you from using it as a daily driver if you desired.

A Warn overdrive unit has been added. This allows higher speeds with lower RPM’s. Nice for running down the highway at 55 without the engine screaming at 4,000 RPM’s. Turn signals work. Brakes work. Starts very easy and runs great. Again, no issues at all.

Comes with full removable soft top and doors. Folding windshield mechanism works perfectly.”


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1955 M-38A1 Old Forge, NY *SOLD*


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $9500.

Craig shared this modified M-38A1.

“1955 Jeep willys in great shape . Has 2 fuel tanks, Has bigger ford 302 v8 motor with an automatic 4 speed tranny and exhaust that sounds good , lockers 33″ tires Soft top and also has a bikini top. Has rancho shocks Just had transfer case rebuilt and new gas tank installed $2400 bill. Cruises down the road at 60 mph and sounds good while doing it. Has a radio and cb, a large electric winch also. Don’t buy an expensive UTV that you cant drive down the road get in this thing with heat and radio. . ”

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1952 M-38A1 Brownsville, CA $5000


Looks solid.

“This jeep is a great example of stock military jeep that needs some finishing touches, I’m going in another direction and don’t have the focus to complete what I started…”


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1954? CJ-5 Schwenksville, PA $12,000

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Steve spotted this militarized CJ-5..

“4 cylinder original Jeep. New copper radiator, new windshield, paint, carb. Antique tag. Many reinforced body and frame work. Motor runs great. Awesome paint job with clean detailing. Must see! New military tires.”






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1965 M-38A1 Massena, NY $2700


UPDATE: Joe noted that this is an M-38A1 grille, rather than a commando grille, with side pieces added. 

It’s a project.

“For sale 1965 army jeep v6 in good condition good tires runs good asking”



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1957 CJ-5/M-38A1 Leonardtown, MD $9000


Craig spotted this one. It is mostly a CJ-5.The body is civilian also (side of the body is stamped “Jeep”), but it has an M-38A1 dash.

“Posting up my 1957 Jeep CJ. It’s a CJ-5 made by willys overland and is dressed up to look like an M38-A1 Which is the military version on this jeep model. I’ve owned it for a little over 2 years, the previous owner started a frame off restoration and was working toward the military theme but lost interest. I decided to source the rest of the parts and finish it off. It’s completely rust free and everything works. The 4cylinder motor runs great and the 3-speed manual transmission shifts well. The 4wheel drive works as well and has a high and low range with front manual locking hubs.

It has 5 good BFG AT/KOs and runs about 55mph down the road with no issues. Has brand new paint and decals and working lights and gauges. The only issues are the rear pinion seal leaks and the generator needs to be rebuilt. It runs fine without it I just keep a tender on the battery and never have a probkem. Comes with a dummy 50 Cal mounted in the back. I’m sure there’s a lot I’m missing but if you’re interested feel free to call or text and I can give you further details. This has been a great jeep and lots of fun just time to move on to something else. Looking to Get $9000 but will entertain reasonable offers if you’re a serious buyer”


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2 M-38A1s Westfield, MA $3000


There may be value here.

“I have 2 M38A1 jeeps that have spent the last 20 years in a barn… These are being sold for parts as there isn’t any current paperwork available on them …Between the two of them there are enough good original parts to complete one jeep …The engines were good when put away, but appear to be stuck now…Both engine compartments are complete with the proper military carburetors, fuel pumps, air cleaners, fording valves / vent lines, and 24 volt waterproof electrical / ignition systems …The green jeep’s body is shot, but it has nice original military accesories… windshield, gas tank, spare tire carrier, front seat frames, etc… The yellow jeeps body is fair and will need a new front floor and other minor repairs. .I’m asking $3000 for the pair or may consider a really good offer… I also have other used M38A1 parts available, and may consider swapping for other military jeep parts MB GPW , M38, M38A1, MBT ,M100, M416, M151 .. The tires are old so the jeeps will need to be trailered to their new home … I can deliver locally ( 30 miles ) at no charge, and will consider delivering regionally for a reasonable cost…. Please contact me through Craigslist email first …”



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1955 M-38A1 Tustin, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

Could make a good resto project.

“1955 m38a1 Willis Jeep. Complete origional and correct. Not running, needs engine rebuilt.. selling as project, or parts.. no rust.. is plates and numbers match.. bill of sale. Serious knowledgeable buyers call contact ”

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1953 M-38A1 Bullhead City, AZ **Status Unknown**


UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $4500.

“1953 World War II jeep, runs great 4 cylinder,dual 24 volt new batteries,new gauges,new tires, comes with tow bar and 4 spare tires,”

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1953 M-38A1 Springfield, IL **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $900.

Maybe some value here? Has original stenciling under the hood.

“1953 Army Jeep Willy
Needs Restoration
Have original most everything
Need to come by to appreciate this.
I bought it to restore it but just do not have the time.
4 cylinder engine
Original army stencil on inside of hood”

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1955 M-38A1 Las Cruces, NM $3500


Could be a good price.

“I have a 1955 jeep willys it’s a m38a1 and it runs great I just put a new carb kit in it and a set of plugs”



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1954 M-38A1? Mendocino County, CA $4000 (OBO)


Could be a good price. Nice winch on the front. Looks like it has the same fiberglass seats I have. I like them, but they are narrow.

“1954 Jeep Willys very cool collectors Jeep. Was running when we inherited it but has been sitting since. Needs TLC. Would like gone asap. $4k OBO”




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1953 M-38A1 Jackson, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000

Doesn’t run and the key is lost, but could still be worth a look. Might have been ex fire jeep given all the red paint.

“I have a 1953 willy’s m38. It has 40,000 original miles. I’ve owned it for about 6 month. Absolutely no rust. The gentleman I bought it from had it since 1963. It does run but I lost the key and battery is dead. It has a brand new warn m8000 winch on the front. Seats are in great shape and tires hold air. Bill of sale only as the man I bought it from lost the title.”

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1955 M-38A1D Powder Springs, GA Make Offer


It’s rough, but does have the data plate to prove it was a “D” model. This may have some Allstate hubs.

“I have a 1955 military Jeep missing engine. It has minimal rust , mainly in the lip of tool box under passenger seat, solid floors and frame, only 50 of this model was produced. It’s rare and in surprisingly good condition, make me a good offer. Bill of Sale”


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1953 M-38A1 Portland, ME $3950


Craig shared this one.

“1952 Willys m38-a1. This is the military version of the cj5. It runs well, drives, steers and stops as it should. I was planning on driving it this summer, but I’m a bigger guy, and it is pretty tight fit for me.

This is an older restoration that is showing its age. The paint is starting to chip away, there are oil leaks, some of the patches are starting to show, but overall it appears mechanically sound and driveable.

The parking brake works, as do the vacuum operated wipers. It has been converted to 12 volt and the second battery compartment was removed to fit in a heater. The top is in good shape. 4wd works great. It has a rear seat. Asking $3950.00. I would consider trading for another antique vehicle.”



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