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


UPDATE: Was a steal at $200.

There’s value here.

“1953 Willy’s M38A1. project. bill of sale.”

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1953 M-38A1 Van Buren, AR $2300


Runs and drives. Looks like it has different seats.

“Complete brake job including master cylinder, wheel cylinders, shoes and line. new alternator, coil and electronic ignition. wires cap and rotor 6 cylindet. runs good has tight steering”


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Michael’s 1953 M-38A1

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, M-38A1


MIchael sent me an email about his 1953 M-38A1. He had it fully refurbed and it looks great! Thanks for sharing. Here is what Michael wrote:

The Willys is a 1953 M38A1. She was issued to the Marine Corps that year, according to the original data plates. I polished the data plates, had them clear-coated and riveted back into the dash.

My wife picked the paint color, she refused to let me use the OD green and white I had originally purchased.

I had the holes filled in the dash panel that would not be used for this build, refreshed the 12v conversion with an alternator, electric wipers, and converted the original front and rear blackout canisters for parking, turn signals and rear brake lights. I pulled the PTO and installed a Saturn overdrive, she now makes 55-60 mph on smooth roads on the flat.

I pulled the battery box and installed a marine hydronic heater/defroster. The switches for the heater fan, wipers, and the cell phone charger are tucked in the right side of the glove box.

I tried to keep most of her as original as I could while building her for my personal use..

I think she turned out well and she is quite usable and economical to maintain. For the purists, it is probably not right, but she is still mostly who and what she used to be, just a little more civilized and prettied up.


The jeep when he bought it.


Powder coating frame.


Beginning the reinstall.

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1952 M-38A1 Corpus Christi, TX $5000


No pics provided, but it is described as a jeep that was used by a fire department.

“I have for sale a 1952 M38A1 jeep for sale. Original miltiary use then D of AG and fire dept. It has been repainted red previously. It runs but could use a good tune up. 24 volt system. It does have some dents/dings in the body so it could use some work if desired. It’s a great jeep that would do well on a ranch or as a restoration project. I have the title and bill of sale from when I bought it but have not yet transferred it over; planning on getting that done in the next few days if desired. I also have printed out the original military manuals. Keep in mind this is an old Willys military jeep, and it does need work. My time is focused on other hobbies so I have decided to sell it. If you are seriously interested contact me by email. I’ll be glad to send pics, call and talk to you about it etc. I am asking 5K OBO.”


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1956 CJ-5 New Jersey $500


Craig shared this one.

“1956 Willys Jeep for parts or restore, was running ,tub rusted out. Drivetrain complete”


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1952 M-38A1 Orange County, CA $5000


Looks solid.

“Good running and driving original military Jeep. Excellent frame with a good solid body. Original four cylinder engine.”


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1953 M-38A1 Healdsburg, CA $9850


It’s got an unusual paint job. The two color glove box on the driver’s side is different also.

“This is a real 1953 Willys NAVY M38A1. This jeep was commissioned to the Concord Naval Weapons Station, Concord CA in 1953 where it served until 1963. It was sold at public auction as surplus in 1963 to a family who lives in Pleasanton CA. It remained with that family for the next 50 years and still retains the original black plates issued in 1963. The jeep is pretty much the way it was issued in 1953 except for a 12-volt conversion, electric wipers, and some gauge upgrades. Custom roll and tow bars have been removed but are included with sale. I purchased the jeep in 2013 from the original family and have used it extensively in the Lake Tahoe area. Additionally, the jeep recently went through a major $4,700.00 servicing by Gene Phebus from Harrah’s Military Museum in Reno. This jeep runs and performs great, no issues, a real collectors piece.
Possible trade for Jeep Wrangler of similar value.”


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1952 M-38A1 Charleston, SC **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $19,000

(12/30/2015) Looks solid. No price listed.

“1952, M38A1 military jeep and trailer RESTORED. Many additional parts for you to install.
All new canvas except doors.
You also get military trailer restored with new canvas Engine rebuilt and new clutch
You will never get this much at such a low price ever again”


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1952 M-38A1 w/Trailer Anaheim, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1, trailer

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $12,000

Looks unrestored.

“1952 USMC M38A1 and M100 1/4 ton trailer also a 1952 (delivered 30th month of 1952). So both Jeep and Trailer are Korean War era. Complete with proper full canvas top, sides doors etc , tires etc. Engine rebuilt runs and drives as it should. It’s the original engine. Military tow bar included so you can take it on desert trips. It’s in good shape but not a museum vehicle. It is very collectible and dependable as a driver. The roll and side bars you see in the pictures can be unbolted and removed if desired for that completely original look and feel. This jeep has been by the seller since 1978. He bought it from a friend who had used it several years before that it was “in the service”. Owner selling because it’s been in his garage for several years and other toys have taken priority. To get it ready for new owners it’s been professionally gone through runs as expected. The fuel tank was redone professionally as were the fuel lines. Vehicle has 46000 miles on the clock. Fun to drive a unique vehicle ready for its new owner. Properly registered and insured by caring and careful owner, who has just replaced the parking brake shoes. Would consider separating trailer and truck. The trailer is very rare and its valued by the owner, and those that are on the market at $3,000 just by itself – it is historically significant.”

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1953 M-38A1 Jeep Rod East Bend, NC $3500

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, M-38A1

Still needs work.

Unfinished Project
Original motor but has been rebuilt
34×9 super swampers like new
New aluminum radiator
Air bags front and rear
No title”


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1953 M-38A1 Phoenix, AZ $2500


Looks to be a good price.

“1953 M38A1 runs, does have rust 4×4 works original 24 volt system extra stuff not on jeep new 12 volt distributer gauges and starter and alt. new muffler and pipes new id plates”


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1953 M-38A1 Lexington, KY $9995

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

Looks in good shape.

“Restored 1953 1/4 ton army jeep, great shape.”


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1955 M-38A1 Custer, SD **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $9800

(12/15/2015) Looks good. Includes a Stewart-Warner Model 978 heater.

“1955 Willys Jeep Model M38 (military issue) Vehicle ID Number 84873. This Jeep was restored in the early 1990’s and has about 1,800 miles on it since restoration. Vehicle has the following features; 1. Dark Green Metal Fleck Paint 2. New Lock-out Hubs ( 4-wheel driv works fine) 3. Cragar Mag Wheels (5) with Safety Locks 4. Five all weather tires ( like new) 5. Doors ( never been installed) 6. Ramsey Rep 6000 Winch ( like new) 7. All gauges work except gas gauge ( comes with attached spare gas can) 8. Seats 4 with seat belts 9. Safety Roll Bar 10. Heater 11. Rubber Floor Mats 12. Many Chrome Parts 13. Original Military Instruction Plaques. 14. Safety Fire Extinguisher 15 Stored in Heated Garage since restoration”

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1953 M-38A1 Cottonwood Heights, UT $30,000

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

Wade spotted this. It includes a trailer. Looks nice..

“1953 M38A1 Willys Military Jeep. This vehicle has everything:
.30cal machine gun, serial #91 (converted/not functional, approved by government)
Complete/original radio with all components including handsets, antana, and headset.
Original hand pump fire extinguisher
Original first aid kit.
Original jack and tool kit with bags.
Original fording kit (so you can drive vehicle in water)
Canvas top and doors.
Tires in good condition.


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1952 M-38A1 $18,000

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

No city/state listed. Includes trailer.

“Restored Jeep and trailer too many extras to list. Original engine and runs very little miles can go underwater. Original tires excellent condition, trailer goes with it (trailer & Jeep go together). Paint job brand new has canvas over it now, road worthy can drive it on the road. My Dad bought it and repainted it, put a top on it and it looks awesome. Original tires on the trailer everything with brand new paint. Serious inquiries only. Has been kept in out of the weather Call, text or email for entire list.”



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1955 M-38A1 Euless, TX $11,500

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $9,995.

(09/28/2016) Looks good.

“New Consignment! Street legal and licensed as an antique car. Texas title. Must See!!! Original Hurricane F-Head 134 CID 4 cyl, T-90 3 speed transmission, Dana 18 transfer case, Dana 27 front axle, Dana 44 rear axle. NEW PARTS: brakes / brake lines , Firestone military non-directional tires (5), leaf springs and shocks, alternator (replaced the generator), carburetor, clutch, 12v headlights, canvas seat covers on the original seat frames/springs, canvas top and top bows, new/rebuilt steering components. Must sell soon was $15,000 now $9,995!”



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1961 M-38A1 Deer Park, NY $3900


Looks like a solid plow jeep. It has no doors.

“I have a 1961Willy’s Jeep. The Jeep is very powerful and great for plowing. Has new brakes and new heater that were installed last week before the snow storm. It is ready and runs great.
-lots of extra parts included
-No Doors
-Meter Electro Touch snow plow control model E47
-3 Speed”


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1955 M-38A1Tub and Chassis Winona, MN

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1, Parts

Mitch has the following items for sale. No pics of the chassis just yet. $500 for the tub, $500 for the frame and axels,  and $500 for the rest. Call him at 9546617279 or email mfgraf@gmail.com

“I have for sale a nice, solid, straight and rust free rolling chassis from a 1955 Jeep M38A-1. Included as part of the chassis are original Dana 44 & 25 axle assemblies with 5.38 gear ratios and open differentials, suspension, some steering linkage and good steel brake lines. The OEM wheels/tires are NOT INCLUDED so arrangements would need to be made. Also included is an original M38A-1 tub which has been media blasted and bare metal, (it is useable but requires repair primarily in the floor area),  original T90/Spicer 18 transmission/transfer case assembly,  T90/Spicer 20 transmission/transfer case assembly with SB Chevy transmission adapter, OEM M38A-1 driveshafts, nice early CJ-5 hood and grill.”

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1952 M-38A1 Knoxville, TN $12,500

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $12,500

“1952 Willys M38a1 ‘Army Jeep’
Full frame off restoration. Everything was rebuilt or replaced with NOS or new parts. Too much to list.
Jeep is fully functioning 24 volt waterproof electrical, great running 134 Hurricane engine, excellent driving and show quality paint.

I never thought I would sell. The only item that is unfinished is the vacuum system for the wipers. Only needs a hose. I was never going to drive in the rain.

Price is starting at $12,500 which is less than I have in it or the parts would be worth separate. Text or call for a viewing.

Little list of work done:
The body was removed and any rust was cutout and welded in new metal or replaced whole pieces, such as both fount fenders and the gas tank sump. Frame was striped bare and coated with POR-15 rust inhibitor. Engine was also painted with POR engine enamel.

All wiring is new, bought from Vintage wiring of ME. It’s all waterproof with mil-style connectors. The generator and distributor are NOS 24 volt, with new coil and points. Brand new fuel tank and fuel and vacuum lines. New water pump, fuel pump, oil pump, clutch, radiator, hoses, belts and ect. All new brake components: master, caliper, shoes, drums, and lines. New or NOS lights, all functioning. All new bearings/seals in burfield hubs and Warn lock out hubs. New axle on right front. NOS vacuum wiper motors. Brand new top and seat covers. Brand new tires. Gauges are new or NOS. New windshield and gasket. I believe the decals correlate to my fathers unit in Vietnam, although he was in a helicopter and not a M38a1.”

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1956? M-38A1 NEKAF Gilbert, AZ **Status Unknown**


UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $6900.

This was sold back in 2014. Now for sale again.

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“Rare original NEKAF M381A Willy’s military jeep assembled in Netherlands for the Dutch army. Runs and drives perfect. This is an all original jeep. You will not find another in such good shape.
Best reasonable offer buys.

The vehicle with the longest service record in the Dutch military, serving in the Royal Army for more than 40 years from 1952 until 1996, is the M38A1 Jeep. During and shortly after World War II, the Dutch army used jeeps left behind by American forces. By the early 1950’s however, the army was looking for a replacement, and in 1952 received a number of U.S.-built M38A1’s under the Mutual Defence Assistance Program. Continue reading

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1954 M-38A1 Madison, SD $2500


Road ready.

“Runs, licensed, drives on roads. Top and parts not shown in pictures.”


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1953 M-38A1 Atlanta, GA $3000


Includes a winch and a hardtop.

“1953 Korean War era M38A1. Small pin holes in floor pans, otherwise no rust on body. Aluminum Hardtop with aluminum doors with roll up/down windows. Has a 1979 Ford 302 motor with transmission adapter kit. T90 transmission and Dana 18 transfer case. Four wheel drive works. Winch works. The motor needs work. I believe it has a bad crankshaft bearing, so it is not currently drivable. Has a Tow Bar not pictured. Bill of Sale only. ”



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1956 M-38A1 McKinleyville, CA $6000

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: This was listed back in 2013 for sale.

“Great jeep to drive and have fun in. Has a 260 V8 with two speed over drive. New Tires”



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1954 M-38A1 Hesperia, MI $2000


UPDATE: Price dropped to $2000

(10/04/2015) Runs, drives and looks good for the price.

“1954 willeys m38a1 jeep,
Four wheel drive
Hurricane 4 cylinder engine runs but smokes a little when you start it
Good tires
New fuel system, carb rebuilt, new gas lines, fuel pump, tank,flushed
Comes with snow plow, hydraulics
Has the windshield wiper, lights and gauges but they need to be wired in, most wiring done
Clear title
Full size spare tire
Good glass
Solid frame
3speed transmission”





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1953 M-38A1 Aurora, NE $6000


Cris has this M-38A1 for sale.

“1953 Willys M38A1 Military Jeep. Runs good, everything works (no wipers) solid body, good tires, tow bar (not in pics), new radio. Pull it to river and go as is or restore it. ”


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