Sedan-jeep Research Archives

Some early jeeps were transformed by enterprising mechanics into sedans.

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Sedan-Jeep From Facebook

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Sedan-jeep

Farrell Fox shared this photo of what I call a “Sedan-Jeep” on Facebook. There was no year or caption. I loosely define a sedan-jeep as one which has had some kind of custom top and/or fenders, added that make the jeep a little more car-like.

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Wally Cohn — Jeep King?

UPDATE 3: I’m taking Wednesday (03/06/2019) off of posts to write an article, so here’s an oldie, but a goodie.

UPDATE 2: Daniel Strohl over at Hemmings provided a solid background update about Wally Cohn.

“Born in 1924 in Germany, his father and stepmother sent him to the Chicago area in 1937 both to live with family and to escape the increasingly anti-Semitic mood in Germany. After Kristallnacht, his older brother Herman, his father Siegfried, and his stepmother joined him in Chicago. Walter flew 30 missions for the U.S. Army Air Corps as a bombardier during the war, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Bronze Star and rising at least to the rank of Sergeant. After the war, he served as a member of the chief justice’s staff during the war crimes trials in Nuremberg, then returned to the United States and founded W&W Foreign Auto Parts in Blue Island, Illinois.”

UPDATE:  A reader named Clint just determined what type of vehicle Wally was using — A 1936-1940 Opel Olympia.  Here are two links to images:  Link 1 & Link 2. Thanks Clint!

ORIGINAL POST published in 2010:  I ran across the images shown below and others.  I didn’t think much of them until I looked more closely.  It appears the builder, who I assume is Wally Cohn, has merged a 1936-1940 Opel Olympia with a MB to create, arguably, the first Jeepster-like vehicle, except it is four wheel drive. The ‘Wally’ appears to use the entire jeep drive train.  If you look in back, you’ll even see this car can tow a trailer!

Who is Wally Cohn? I have no idea. I can’t seem to find anything about him, other than his name was Wally Cohn and he was nicknamed the Jeep King by photographer Walter Sanders.

Photographer Walter (Wally) Sanders worked for Life Magazine from 1944 to 1961. After growing up and leaving Germany for the US in 1937, he returned in early 1946 and lived the rest of his life in Europe, mostly in Munich. You can learn more about his biography here.

Because Walter was in Europe during December of 1946, and because these photos were snapped during that month, and because of Wally’s uniform (which Bob noted is an Army Airforce Uniform), I have concluded that Wally Cohn was a member of the armed services trying to merge cars and jeeps into a Wally vehicle of some kind (note the name Wally is displayed prominently on the dash in one of the pics).

This would be a great collector’s item — and a cool jeep too!

 
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Dec. 1945 Popular Mechanics Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Sedan-jeep • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: This Combat Bulletin video was shared by Dee Cook on G503 FB. From 14:07 to 15:05. 

The photos below are snapshots from the above video. They resemble the jeep shown below that was built by Wayne K. Pike. It was built by members of the 9th Service Squadron at the 13th Army Air Base on the island of Moratai. Note that it has a chrome/stainless trim strip absent from the car featured in the Popular Mechanics article below.

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ORIGINAL POST FEBRUARY 11, 2013: Bob alerted me to this first picture. Then, we started going through the whole December 1945 issue and found all kinds of jeep references.  You can view the entire issue on Google.

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Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 6 Streamlined Jeep

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Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 72 Jeep with Odd Body

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Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 77 Men using Jeep like a plow horse

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Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 73 Men us jeep to fix propeller

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Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 70 Fixing Jeep Frame

 
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1947 CJ-2A/Ford Bolivar, MO $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Sedan-jeep, Unusual • TAGS: .

Roger shared this odd looking Jeep/Ford combo.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/910784532321724/permalink/2162978273769004/?sale_post_id=2162978273769004&ref=messenger_share

“Clear title. 3 ccy. Standard hasn’t ran in. 5 years. 4×4. Very very cool all original but top somone put a ford. Top it which. Makes it nice at times. Either way it’s. Cool old project. And. Don’t see any like this. ONLY TRADES be. Old muscle cars which means 74 or older”

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1944 Article Shares Modified Jeeps From Oklahoma

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles, Sedan-jeep

The August 20, 1944, issue of the Evening Star shared these jeeps used for War Bond Sales. They were modified by the Camp Gruber, Oklahoma, motor pool. The image with “Jeeps in Civvies” label has been featured on eWillys previously, but I’ve never seen the other two jeeps.

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Year? Custom Canyon County, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Sedan-jeep, Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2800.

Listed as a 1941 Willys Jeep, this is a curious one. This might have a truck cab and flatfender fenders.

“Runs, Drives, Stops
Needs Work”

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Half Flattie Half Car Albuquerque, NM $200

• CATEGORIES: Sedan-jeep, Unusual • TAGS: .

Thanks to Paul for spotting this ‘gem’. The front is a CJ, probably a 2A, and the back half is a ???

https://albuquerque.craigslist.org/pts/d/1941-jeep-willys/6714295025.html

“I believe it’s some kind of British car, back half..the frame is early jeep will ya 4×4 no title..for parts or ?”

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1944 MB Phoenix, AZ $1500

• CATEGORIES: MB, Sedan-jeep, Unusual • TAGS: .

Wow … just wow!

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/cto/d/44-willys/6692797021.html

“WWII Willys MB.
This vehicle is fairly complete but not running. 134Lhead motor, T84 transmission and transfer case. The body has been modified with a hard top and other unique additions. Over all this is a great vehicle for parts etc. Good running gear, front rear and original GI Ross stearing box. The parts are worth alot so $1500 takes it. I’m looking for the title but if not found I can do a notarized bill of sale.”

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Unusual Sedan CJ-3B From Facebook

• CATEGORIES: Features, Sedan-jeep • TAGS: .

Those folks not on Facebook might have missed this well done CJ-3B with a sedan top.

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1951 Photo Showing Custom Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Sedan-jeep • TAGS: .

This photo was taking in 1951 and shows Bill Warren in front of his modified jeep. It looks like a simple convertible top is stowed on the rear of the jeep.

“Vintage Photo — Photo Measures 3″ x 4.25″ — Photo Is In Good Condition with Minor Wear — ”

View all the information on eBay

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1948 Article About Modified Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Sedan-jeep • TAGS: .

The February 1948 issue of Mechanic Illustrated included this blurb about a sedanized jeep.

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Custom Built Woody on Jeep Chassis

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Sedan-jeep, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

The February 1948 issue of Popular Science included a small blurb about this custom wood jeep out of Seattle built on a WW2 chassis.

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Year? CJ-2A Bosque Farms, NM $6500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Sedan-jeep • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $6500

(02/09/2017) Just how many of these custom hardtop flatties are there?

“Willys CJ2 like you have never seen before. Has mid 1940s Chevy cab grafted by a coachworks company to a CJ frame. 4 wheel drive 3 speed manual. This has just been gone through mechanically and has been painted OD Green bedliner after being taken down to bare metal. 31″ tires. A fun vehicle for hunters or campers. Can tow behind vehicle.”

https://albuquerque.craigslist.org/cto/6173651080.html

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1948 CJ-2A/ ’27 Ford Sunburg, MN $3800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Sedan-jeep • TAGS: , .

Steve shared this oddity.

“Original flat 4 engine and drive train, bran new BF goodwrench 35″ tires. Needs wiring and brakes bled. This is a one of a kind nice project! Clean title in hand. Call or txt. Txt during the week as I work all day and cannot answer calls.”

https://stcloud.craigslist.org/cto/6078034957.html

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1945 GPW Hudson Valley, NY $3750

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB), Sedan-jeep, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

“Here is a 1945 Gpw I would like to trade for a Yamaha r3, this runs and drives and has a lot of its original military parts , this is a very cool jeep , I would like to trade this for either a 2015 black and red Yamaha r3 or a 2016 grey and red Yamaha r3 with low miles ( combat rims and tires are not included )”

http://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/cto/5729073438.html

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1946 VEC? CJ-2A Perry County, PA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Sedan-jeep • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000.

(06/17/2016) Appears to be a column shift. Might be a VEC.

“For sale- 1946 Willys Jeep with 1938? International truck cab, 6 volt 4 cyl. all original Willys running gear, hasn’t run in 7 years. Needs gone over. Titled as 1946 CJ2a. Needs some tlc. If interested come and look.”

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1944 GPW Hudson Valley, NY $5500

• CATEGORIES: Sedan-jeep • TAGS: .

This modded GPW was on Facebook a few days ago.

“Here is a very unique 44 gpw , the body was made from two dodge pickup cabs , everything else is all original , it still has its data tags , this runs drives and stops, with a little work this could be a cool show vehicle or you could restore it back to original,5500$ obo ,”

http://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/cto/5598684350.html

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More Pics From Charles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Sedan-jeep

Here’s another batch of photos courtesy of Charles.

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original photo korea .. looks to be an M-170. 

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1946 CJ-2A Iron River, WI **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Sedan-jeep, Unusual • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6500.

How about this unusual CJ.

“This is a custom built 46 Willys CJ 2a. has a 46 Ford Cab custom built into the body. Engine is completely rebuilt. new brakes. New clutch, new master cyl. This is a very unique willlys that was custom built 20 years ago. It has been driven appx 1000 miles since built. One of a kind !!”

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Odd WWII Jeep on Photobucket

• CATEGORIES: Sedan-jeep • TAGS: .

Marc found this MB/GPW at Photobucket. It sure has some unusual mods.It was probably being turned into a sedan like these.

http://s487.photobucket.com/user/exm38a1er/media/WIT1.jpg.html

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1949 CJ-3A Broken Bow, NE **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Sedan-jeep • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(05/23/2015) Might have some parts value.

“This is a 49 CJ – 3A Willys Jeep, Motor is locked up. Have a clear title. Serial Number 32872”

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1946 CJ-2A Carlisle, PA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Sedan-jeep, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: This is back on Craigslist. Last listed in 2013. Was $1500.

(09/07/2013) “1946 Willys This is a 46 Jeep body with some sort of old truck cab attached. The conversion was done may years ago and the body is in decent shape, with very little rust. I drove it into the garage about 4 years ago and have done nothing with it since. It will need new gas and probably the carb cleaned to make it run. 1500.00 firm. I have a clean PA title in my name.”

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Photo of Jeep w/ Covered Wheel on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Sedan-jeep

This is a rare mod that you don’t see often. The rear wheel wheel has been covered.

“I will not ship to Italy. Original photo pulled out of photo album. 4.25 x 2.5 inches. There is some glare from my flash. Great picture with lots of detail .U.S. Army jeep with covered rear wheels, taken in Italy.. The photos were taken by an American soldier in the 6th corps.”

View all the information on eBay

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Ordnance Transforms Jeep to Sedan

This post was originally published Nov 20, 2013. It shows a jeep that was altered into sedan.

UPDATE: This photograph pair was also published in the February 22, 1945, issue of the IBT Roundup (Inda-Burma Theater Roundup)

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The May 1945 issue of Popular Mechanics published this little blurb about the 8th Air Force Bomber Station’s effort to transform a jeep into a sedan using only salvaged materials.

You can view the document online at Google

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1947 CJ-2A with Funky Hardtop Plattsmouth, NE **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Auctions, CJ-2A, Parts, Sedan-jeep, Willys Wagons • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $800.

“This “Barn Find” is a 1947 Willys custom jeep! The original builder and owner worked as an engineer at SAC and also owned a Suds and Dogs restaurant. At one time it was a plow truck for winter and has a pto on the back for mowing grass in the spring and summer. Rusty!! Needs restoring. The motor is not original it is a ford falcon 6 seems to be stuck. Have no Idea about the transmission but do know that the drive shaft will spin if you lift the tires off the ground. The pto drive shaft also spins.”

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