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1961 Mighty Mite Poestenkill, NY $4500

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TJ spotted this on Barn Finds, which in turn found it on Craigslist. Does not start.


“1961 mighty mite,Viet Nam American motor serial #1730, 4108 miles, 3000 made, body great condition, aluminum body. I have too many projects. $4500.00 firm, already lost shipping charges. Needs the starter repaired will not start.”

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1954 Photo of a Mighty Mite Being Tested on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Mighty Mites, Old Images

Cool, but odd photo, given the roadway behind it. Lots of competing visual angles.

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“This is an original press photo. Light enough to be airlifted by helicopter but tough enough to pull through knee deep mud, the mighty mite is to be produced by American Motors Corp. for the military forces. The mighty mite weighs 1,300 pounds less than the jeep and is 43 inches shorter. It is capable of climbing an 87% grade and can do 57 miles an hour on the highway. Its powerful aluminum die cast, air cooled engine enables the vehicle to carry a payload of 500 pounds while towing another 1,000 pounds over rough terrain. United States – Army – Equipment – Vehicles Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 12-05-1954”



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1963 Mighty-Mite-VW Modesto, CA $1000

• CATEGORIES: Mighty Mites, VEEP (VW Jeep), Scamp, Others

UPDATE: Price dropped to $1000.

(03/08/2018) I’m thinking there’s a lot of project left on this.


“This is an Original Mighty Mite Army Jeep . Produced by AMC This one has been converted to Volkswagen power. It is not running and is strictly a project. It has an all aluminum body.”

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Mighty Mite Body on CJ Chassis Center Township, PA $2000

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John shared this one, which seems to be an unusual combination of a CJ chassis and a Mighty Mite body.


“Not yet sure of the year. Not title available.”


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4 M-422 Mighty Mites Rathdrum, ID $5000

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Need Mighty Mite parts? Here’s a unique opportunity.


“I have 4 jeep mighty mites they are unrestored and need work. 3 of them are the m422a1 and 1 is the m422. Aluminum body, These were marine Corp only and are smaller then a willys jeep. They are powered by a 4 cly air cooled motor. Pretty neat rigs and fairly rare. I want $5000 for all 4 of them plus all the parts I have for them. I will sell separately price will depend on which one and what parts you want included. Make a resealable offer on one or all four and I may just take you up on the offer”

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1961 Mighty Mite Salina, KS **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $4000.

Has bad engine.

“Very rare 1961 mighty mite its the short one and that’s the hard one to find its a military jeep made mostly of aluminum very light has a AMC motor but I only have the block and corisponding parts trany drive train all good just bad motor”


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1960 M-422 Mighty Mite Atkins, AR $5000

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/08/2017) Needs an engine.


“1960 M422 Marine Corps Mighty Might 1/4 ton 4×4 aluminum jeep, only 1250 of this version were produced. This one is #20.
New tires, good paint job, missing motor, front two propeller shafts, rear drive shaft.
Motor is a: AMC AV-108-4 V4 engine developed by American Motors. The air-cooled 107.8 cu in (1.8L) developed 52 bhp and 90 lb ft of torque, which propelled it to a top speed of 65 miles per hour.”

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1954 Photo of Early Mighty Mite? on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Mighty Mites, Old Images

The hood and windshield on this jeep are different from the standard Mighty Mite. This may have been an early prototype. See the photo at the bottom for another view of a vehicle that may be one until earlier than the vehicle in the press photo. (the one in the press photo is #179849).

“1954 Press Photo Jeep being loaded into Sikorsky XHR25 helicopter, Connecticut. This is an original press photo. Three loaded jeeps or 26 men can be carried by a new giant helicopter demonstrated at Bridgeport, Connecticut, Monday. The Sikorsky XHR25 is being built in quantity for the armed forces. It has twin engines, retractable landing gear and rotors that fold, making it easy to handle aboard aircraft carriers. It will fly faster than 150 miles an hour. (Aero-Helicopter) Photo measures 10 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 01-19-1954.”

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This is #197848 (from G503): http://forums.g503.com/viewtopic.php?t=195524



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1960 M-422 Mighty Mite Pemberton, NJ $6500

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I wonder if the toy jeep is included.

“1960 M422 MIGHTY MITE for sale,$6500 #366 12/20/1960,complete jeep,has correct early windshield frame and and glass,missing canvas seat bottoms,solf top and bows,sorry no title,bill of sale,motor complete,never tried to get it started,comes with a NOS FUEL TANK AND DEEP FORDING KIT,has all 5 correct rims,jeep located in Pemberton NJ next to Fort Dix 08068”


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Military Vehicle Auction Havelock, NC

• CATEGORIES: Auctions, GPW (Ford MB), Mighty Mites, Other 4x4s

UPDATE: I’ve been informed that there may be twenty-one jeeps for sale. I don’t see any others added to the auction list.

Mark spotted this auction. Bidding is live and bids will be accepted through October 24th.

“Bidding Now LIVE. The Estate of the Late Bill Barrington – MVPA #11020. Lifetime Collection of Restored WWII Military Vehicles. INSPECTION Dates & Location: Thursday Oct. 19 & Friday Oct. 20, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 8002 US HWY 70 West, Havelock, NC 28543. Bidding ENDS October 24 @ 2:00 PM”



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1961 Mighty Mite Myrtle Creek, OR Status Unknown

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UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $4800.

(05/04/2017) Seller has a lot of text, but doesn’t actually describe the one for sale.

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1962 M-442A1 Mighty Mite Mt. Airy, NC **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $3850

(04/04/2017) Craig spotted this one.

“-1962 AMC M422A1 Mighty Mite USMC Military Jeep
-Only 2,672 of these jeeps were built for the USMC
-All Aluminum Body
-4×4 with High/Low
-Only weighs around 1700 lbs.
-Has an Air Cooled AMC V4 Engine “AMC AV-108-4″
-This jeep needs total restoration, has not run in years
-Complete Jeep, most all parts are on the unit
-Parts are easy to get on-line, would be an easy project to restore
-Call or text me with and questions that you have”

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Year? Mighty Mite Anthony, NM $8500

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Mark listed this nice Mighty Mite at warjeeps.com.

“American Motors, #2518. Complete, less than 500 miles on rebuilt engine and tires. New Mexico clean title.”



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1962 Mighty Mite Brentwood, CA **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: Was $8000. **Status Unknown**

(10/25/2014) Great condition?

“1962 Mighty Mite all aluminum Army jeep, collectors item. only 3900 made, great condition $8k”


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Year? Mighty Mite Vina, CA **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: This likely sold. Was $5600.

Steve spotted this one. Looks like a good price. Did these come in orange originally?

Mighty Mite body in excellent condition with no dents or damage. Original Paint. Engine runs. New set of tires not mounted.”

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Military Jeep Collection **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-151, M-170, M-38, M-38A1, MB, Mighty Mites

UPDATE: Was eBay. **SOLD**

Pascal forwarded this unique collection for sale on eBay. It includes, an MB,M38,M38A1,M170,M151A1,M422A1. Lots of pics.

Up for sale is a unique collection of the span of the military jeep generations. Our founder has been collecting these Jeeps for decades and has decided to sell his collection in its entirety.

Over the past decades, our founder collected the cream of what came by our doors, and stored them away in his personal collection. As we are also one of the biggest Jeep Parts distributors in the USA this was a relatively easy task, both to find these jewels and to refit them with whatever parts that were needed. Part can be found at Jeeps Surplus in Oroville, CA. The only vehicle in this collection not running is the “1960 AMC M422A1 MITY MITE”, which hasn’t had any engine work.

The purchase price for the entire jeep collection is $100,000.00. We will not be selling these jeeps individually.”



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Photo of Mighty Mites Ready for Transport on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Mighty Mites, Old Images

Marc found this great photo.

“Newly printed photo poster on the highest quality photographic paper . Photo poster size is 16 inches x 20 inches , image size may be slightly smaller . Please see scan for exact image . This beautiful poster is a great item to frame and display on your wall! It will fit in a commonly available 16 inch x 20 inch frame.”

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1960 Mighty Mite Lafayette, LA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: Was $8500. **SOLD**

it appears solid.

“1960 Mighty Mite Jeep for sale. Good condition,Running,new tires, All Aluminum Body, Seats to be installed (I have the seats) Great Classic clear title will post pics
this weekend.”

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Year? Mighty Mite Staples, MN **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $9500

“mity-mite jeep for sale overhauled motor otherwise original all aluminum body runs good clear title you could not find a nicer military jeep”


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1960 M-422E1 Atlanta, GA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

The seller indicates this is an experimental Mighty Mite? I don’t know enough about them.

“This auction is for a very rare M422E1, the general consensus is that only 10 were lengthened by 6” and became the basis for the M422A1. This was referenced by the August 1960 issue of Leatherneck. The article stated that “10 Mighty Mites are being prepared at the Detroit factory for specialized work. “They will have a six-inch longer wheelbase,” Capt. McPherson said, and will be able to handle specific communication gear.” This M422E1 was equipped with a MRC-83 radio (Serial number X1) as indicated by data plate. Also has very rare and fully functioning early tail-gate with built in seats. Jeep starts and runs well, see video on youtube by going to:


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Mighty Mite Birmingham, AL eBay

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A surprisingly brief description. It looks good, but the pictures aren’t as helpful as they should be given the price of the jeep.

“Mighty mite Jeep in excellent condition. Runs good. Recent restoration. Drives like a dream! Has new seat covers and canopy. I can ship it to you! (Fee might apply)”

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1961 M-422A1 Mighty Mite Atlanta, GA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

Apparently, this is a Very Early Mighty Mite. Does that make it a VEMM?

“1961 M422A1 Mighty Mite
Serial #: 1484
Date of Delivery: 10-16-61

This auction is for a very early production M422A1, as indicated by the low A1 serial number and the date of delivery stamped on data plate (this was only done on the first 100 or less M422A1s along with the eagle inspection stamp).

The Mite still retains its original early “thin” windshield and has never been modified to the more common M38A1 style. Also, other early features include the early style fire extinguisher bracket under the cowling, M38A1 style parking break and tailgate chains. The tailgate chains were usually swapped out and a bolt was used to close the tailgate.

The tires are original to the Mite and are dated 1960 and 1961. They should be replaced if serious driving is planned.

This M422 is very original and complete with most of the commonly missing items. Electrical system works as well as lights (front and rear)

The vehicle runs and prior to running, the cylinders were bore scoped to check the cylinder linings. The cylinder walls were in just about perfect shape with no signs of flaking or other damage. Might starts with quickly and runs great.. Please see YouTube video by searching for “Mighty Mite #1484″.”


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M38a1 vs The Mighty Mite

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Here are two different stories from two issues of Popular Mechanics comparing the size of a M-38A1 to the Mighty Mite.

1. Popular Mechanics May 1953 on Google Books | Purchase a copy of the magazine on eBay

2. Popular Mechanics March 1954 Page 140 on Google Books | Purchase a copy of the magazine on eBay

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Mighty Mite at the 1961 Auto Show

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Steve forwarded this photo of a Mighty Mite at the Chicago Auto Show yesterday.

Coincidently, yesterday Ann’s mother saved part of an episode of Pawn Stars for me to view (Episode called PONY UP from December 2011), which included a man trying to sell a Mighty Mite to the Pawn Stars guys for $22,000.  They offered $13,000 (based on their expert’s opinion).  Unfortunately, I can’t find a free way to view that episode.


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1960 Mighty Mite Volo, IL **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $11,998.

This looks like a pretty good price.