Richard owns several types of jeep trailers, but this rare Sterling Trailer just might be the most unique. He just got done sanding and repainting it. There’s very little information on the web about them and what I found I put together in this Sterling-related post. Thanks to Richard for sharing pics of this unusual trailer!
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $18,000.
(11/16/2013) “Full frame off restoration with matching military matching trailer both like brand new to original condition. You have to see it to believe it. Inquiries about selling the trailer only must call to negotiate. Serious buyers only both items are a very rare find. Call 931-581- one-one eight three. Please no texts calls only. Thank you”
UPDATE: Price dropped to $17,500.
(08/24/2014) Both have been restored well.
“Up for sale is complete frame off restoration 1946 CJ-2A & 1946 Bantam T3-C 1/4 ton trailer. Close attention paid to restoring both Jeep and trailer to original condition over the past ten years. Engine/Transmission/Transfer Case/Axle-s total rebuild. Jeep is factory correct Normandy Blue w/ Autumn Yellow wheels. Only thing left for new owner is to install period correct canvass top. Jeep comes with new Bestop Tiger Top. Jeep has won trophies at every show it attends and gets nothing but smiles and thumbs up when wheeling about town.
Listed price is for purchasing both units as matched set. Jeep separately is $15000. Trailer alone is $3,000 but will not sell before Jeep.
Both titled and registered in Illinois.
All receipts and photos of build process maintained and go to new owner. Jeep will stand up to any enthusiast’s scrutiny. Really need to inspect and drive in person to appreciate. Serious inquiries only.”
Price dropped to $5500.
“New upholstery and bikini top. Complete tune up, all original parts in motor
4cylinder 6 volt. Motor has been overhauled.”
Raleigh is considering selling his Knox trailer. Not many of these around. No pics have been provided, but there are photos below of other Knox trailers. Comment below if interested.
Here are two Knox trailers that were listed on eBay back in 2013:
1) This Know trailer is on eBay and has a serial number of 15.
“This is soooo rare there is barely ANYTHING on Google except this listing now..
From what I can gather from old guys in the military vehicle circles, these were made by Knox company who also made utility bodies and truck tool boxes. These were optional equipment for international trucks and some Jeeps. Serial #15, Rated at 1500 pounds”
2) This one is from the Inland Empire in California $800
“Rare! It is an Old School Truck frame and 4’x6′ bed, converted into a trailer. Wood bed floor needs work but Im using ply wood right now. Hi clearance,very heavy duty used for Hualing Quad,offroading and camping. Comes with a Metal storage box on front. It has a Heavy Duty Dexter 6000lb mobile home axle with 3” tube,big spindles, narrowed to fit frame. It still has electric brake backing plates but not complete, You can buy the e-brake Hub/drum kit to fit backplates in future? Use it for parts to restore your Old truck or Rat Rod or As a Wagon for your Willys / Jeep or Offroad Truck. I would like to sell $800 or trade/Barter for A Low milage Jeep/Dodge 4.0L-4.6 Stroker or 5.9 v8.
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1100.
Not many of these trailers around.
“I have a henry spen and co US Army military jeep trailer a great military piece if your a collector re do it and make it new again 1100 OBO made right in Brooklyn New York jeep collectors military collectors vintage trailer hitch enclosed”
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1200.
“Willy’s wagon made into pull behind camper in the 1960’s. Has the hard to find ambulance or ‘barn doors’ in back. I used to pull it behind my Willys to swap meets. Have the parts to make this complete for street rod / rat rod / rock climber / etc. $1200. as is.”
UPDATE: Still Available
(05/07/2014) Runs and drives.
“M170 Ambulance — 90% restoration — canvas/bows, rebuilt F134, all seals, gears, transmission gone thru and rebuilt where needed, new tires, brakes, steering damper, radiator, converted to 24vdc alternator instead of generator, lights, horn, wipers, etc. working condition, new exhaust/muffler, body bumpers/cushions installed, little to no rust, tub in great condition. M101 restored, new bows, boards and used cover, brakes work, little rust in bed. Lots of restoration photos available. New gauges, new speedometer, 24vdc magnetic spot lights included, extra wheels and tires included.”
“1949 CJ3A made to look military WITH 1/4 TRAILER. 12 volt system with alternator and new tires. Engine was rebuilt 1 year ago will need some fine tuning.
Clear PA title
Extra parts include carburetors, distributer, front and rear axles, transfer case and other parts.
Please email with any questions”
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000
I don’t think they came out of the factory this straight!
“• Totally reconditioned; asking $4,000
• Bantam Serial No. 68238
• Date of Delivery: 4/28/45
• Frame No. 136121 Stamped under LF Spring; Hanger American Central Manufacturing Co.
• Everything is original except floor, sides, ends, and top pipe which are all new
• Has F-script brake drum and left tail light
• New tires, brake cable, wiring, and drain plug
• Not correct are reflectors, safety chains, and not sure about the wheels, maybe they were not combat wheels in 1945
• Some pitting on frame and springs
• This restoration was done with care. Another project I completed, a 1950 Willys truck that you can view, is in the 2014 Kaiser Willys catalog, page 134 (they put wrong name and truck); or Kaiser Willys blog jeep of the week, Number 122
Bill of Sale Only. Can help deliver for gas.”
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $700.
This trailer looks like a good price. I got curious about the number of Willys Overland trailers produced. After some searches, I learned that a contract for the first 10,000 trailers was given to Willys. A follow up contract for 5000 trailers was given to Bantam. Near the end of the war there were a variety of companies that produces a small number of trailers. This link shares that information: http://jeepdraw.com/Chucks_Trailers.html
“This is a World War II Willy utility trailer. It is extremely rugged and has been modified with ball hitch. Great for hunting, camping or hauling.”
UPDATE: Price dropped to $6000.
(06/13/2014) Looks solid. The trailer and top could use a little de-greening.
1949 Willy’s CJ3A with top, and trailer.
Jeep in fantastic shape virtually NO rust, with factory installed winch, hood, windshield frame and tailgate restored about 15 years ago along with new upholstery all otherwise original . . .only added feature is a bolt in roll cage. Been in garage for the last 15 years
Factory aluminum top needs cleaned up but in pretty good shape and complete.
Trailer is all original and easily restorable with rust damage in the corners of the bed.”
It’s listed as a WW2 jeep.
“1940’s WW2 Jeep with trailer. Fully restored frame up. Runs and drives everything in mint condition.”
“M-38 Willys Army Jeep with pioneering kit, spare tires, jerry can, rifle rack, 2 radios, trailer, canvas…From USA to Forestry Service (dropped a valve) to CAF to me. I rebuilt the engine and replaced the gas tank and tank well, painted and added new canvas and wiring harness, added the radios and etc., found a trailer…all about 10 years ago. Stored in Frederick, OK, and used with the Airborne Demonstration Team ( wwiiadt.org ) activities, displays, parades…”
Runs, drives and can tow a trailer.
“1948 Willys Jeep 4 cyl engine-3 speed CJ2A 4×4
Runs/ starts/drives good
solid body, rear seat, front winch- Avg condition for a 66 year old vehicle
Trailer has been restored!!
many extra parts-new clutch, 2 front seats, books, and more.
Will sell both for 4,500 or best offer including all extra parts.
Sell just the Jeep for 3,500 and trailer for 1,500.00.”
Randy spotted this one.
“WW2 Carbon Arc Anti-Aircraft Searchlight and Sperry Power Plant
Manufacture: Sperry Gyro Co.
This light has been restored by the Carroll Brothers who have 40 years experience in ground up restorations of vintage military equipment. Great care was taken to insure historical accuracy. This is a museum quality light.
The light has been restored to original condition. Light was completely disassembled and rebuilt. All lead base paint removed. Interior of drum repainted with heat resistant paint, exterior painted military green. Asbestos insulation removed and replaced with heat resistant insulation. Mirror is 85% to 95%.
Many NOS (new old stock) parts replace unusable parts;
New Sperry control box
New junction box with power receptacles
Reconditioned burner with good nose cone
Carriage has new tires and reconditioned hubs.
All old electrical wire has been removed and replaced with modern wire. Light rewired to 1940’s standards. Re-carboned light and azimuth light function. Meter and meter box restored and working well.
No broken glass, all data plates reconditioned and in place.
Sperry power plant has been fully restored as well.”
Looks like a nice combo.
“I have a body off restoration M38a1 Jeep and trailer parade ready.This is the Marine Corps version with full fording gear.The only thing not restored on this vehicle is the engines internals runs like a top but does burn oil.This vehicle will be on display at the MVPA nationals from June 25 till June 28 at the Kentucky Expo center.This Jeep is immaculate in every detail comes with many extra parts including etra engine block, heads,rear ends ,and transmission and transfer case.Biggest reason I am selling is due to the fact that this vehicle has a top speed of 45 to 50mph and around here you would be run over at that speed on highway.I can be contacted by phone or text also at 4one9six0two4zero33.Where i was from in Ohio there were enough 55mph roads to travel to many shows and parades but down here it has to be trailered for your own safety.Bulldog on hood not included.Might consider trade of equal value on Cobra Mustang 99-2004″
“I have a body off restoration M38a1 Jeep and trailer parade ready.This is the Marine Corps version with full fording gear.The only thing not restored on this vehicle is the engines internals runs like a top but does burn oil.This vehicle will be on display at the MVPA nationals from June 25 till June 28 at the Kentucky Expo center.This Jeep is immaculate in every detail comes with many extra parts including etra engine block, heads,rear ends ,and transmission and transfer case.Biggest reason I am selling is due to the fact that this vehicle has a top speed of 45 to 50mph and around here you would be run over at that speed on highway.I can be contacted by phone or text also at 4one9six0two4zero33.Where i was from in Ohio there were enough 55mph roads to travel to many shows and parades but down here it has to be trailered for your own safety.Bulldog on hood not included.”
UPDATE: Sold. Was listed a $1000.
Given this includes the trailer, it might be worth a look.
“1948 CJ2A Jeep for sale. Ran and drove when parked 5 years ago. Comes with extra set of wheels with military tires mounted. Also comes with the trailer its on. Tow bar included. Have Titles in hand for Jeep and trailer. $1000 takes it all. Please respond to ad. Thanks.”
UPDATE: Still Available
(04/22/2014) Looks solid. Updated motor and tranny.
“I am selling my one of kind 1942 Ford GPW with a 1951 M100 Trailer. Sold as a package deal only. I did a complete frame off restoration of this jeep and trailer in 2004. The paint is a little faded, but pretty much everything is good to go. The engine and transmission where missing when I got the jeep, so I installed a 1985 4.3 liter Chevy V6 with a 4 barrel carburetor and a later model Military M38 T-90 transmission. This Jeep has lots of power and is a blast to drive! The transmission does pop out of second gear sometimes. I just put $1200.00 worth of new tries and wheels on the jeep last August. I kept the jeep as close to original as possible, except for the engine and transmission. It was titled as a 1948 Willys Jeep when I bought it, so that is the way it is still titled. I am asking $9500.00 cash for it and the trailer. Email this post for more info.”
Most of us are familiar with the post WWII trailers like the Bantam & Spen trailers, but one most people don’t know about is the Sterling trailer built in Canada by the Sterling Machine and Manufacturing Company. I *think* the company was located in Hobart, Ontatrio, on the isthmus between Georgian Bay to the north and Simcoe Lake to the south.
Only a handful of these trailers have been photographed. The topic came to my attention thanks to Glenn, who spotted a Kijiji ad in a CJ-2A Page thread for the trailer. It appears to be the 2nd production model made. Here’s the info:
Vintage 1947 Willys Jeep trailer:
“This is a unique item if you are into old Jeeps. It is serial number 2!!! It was built in 1947 by Sterling Machine in Owen Sound, Ontario for Willys Jeep. The serial number plate is original untouched and shows it as number 2.
A little research into Sterling is they produced Civilian and civil service equipment for Jeep, and much of their business was concentrated on fire service. It appears this trailer may have originally been painted red, so it may have been sold as fire dept. equipment.
This trailer is in need of restoration, but is still usable. Up until recently it was used as a utility trailer by my father-in-law. Lots of surface rust, but structurally it is still very restorable.“
The best threads about this trailer are at the early CJ-5 site and at the IH8Mud site. One of the big differences between the early trailer above and the later trailer are the fenders, which change from the extended type shown above to the more bantam-like fenders. Here’s an example:
This is a vintage photo of a Sterling Trailer that appeared on Facebook.
Sterling Machine didn’t only do trailers. The CJ-3B page highlights there production of Fire Jeeps: http://cj3b.info/Fire/FireCJ2A.html
Sterling also received a Canadian patent for “Sawing attachment for jeeps and tractors” in 1951: http://books.google.com/books?id=KCoSAQAAMAAJ&q=%22Sterling+Machine%22+jeep&dq=%22Sterling+Machine%22+jeep&hl=en&sa=X&ei=8vxnU4CnD43GoASmuYDwDA&ved=0CEYQ6AEwAA
Finally, it appears George Hindman owned/controlled/bought Sterling Machine. His grandson Paul Evans mentions Sterling building ‘fire trucks’ there. http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/2011/04/17/new-exhibit-honours-hindman-ships
So, if anyone has more insight into Sterling Machine and Manufacturing, please let me know.
UPDATE; **SOLD** Was $5995. Trailer in pics was sold.
(12/07/2013) “Willys CJ2A very restorable, nearly all original, driven every day. Has pintle hookup for trailer as well as original ball hitch mount w/ ball.”
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8800
(03/26/2014) Deal includes the trailer. It might be worth a look.
“1953 M38A1 Military Jeep and M-100 Trailer. REBUILT, very nice. Rebuilt engine, 3 speed transmission, two speed transfer, axles. Complete new brake system (all lines, master cylinder, wheel cylinders, shoes). 8000 lb. Ramsey winch & PTO (original-fits frame), Five New rims, tires and tubes. Replaced canvas and seats. Rear seat, original too box. Complete off frame resurrection of frame and body…NO Rust out.. Good Glass. Unit has been converted to 12 volt. All lights work including black out. Includes repair and Parts manuals. INCLUDES THESE EXTRAS another engine, transmission, transfer case, bell housing, brake shoes, front and rear axle assemblies, pressure plate, carb parts, hood, tie rods, drive shafts, electrical parts, Tow bar, 24 volt starter. plus other odds and ends.”
I don’t know how common these are, but I’ve not seen one.
“For Sale US Army M416 Trailer, This unit is (we have been told) and engineering Corps Trailer with the Whackey Roof affair and storage. That all Lifts off, no holes have been Drilled. This unit is Straight, Rust Free, Correct Jack Leg as well as Hitch, Wiring harness is there and complete, the Plug has been cut, Sale includes a new inner vehicle cable (has the correct ends) to fix the cut Plug. There are no lights. These Trailers can be correct with the larger late composite lights as well as the small aluminum Lights. Many of these end up on the road with their own light system regardless. Great for Camping Hauling or for the MV enthusiast. Good Rubber no dents no rust… IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND $1200/”