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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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1960 Wood CJ-5ish Jeep Cambridge, OH $10,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features, Unusual, Wood bodies

UPDATE II: This was for sale back in 2015 You can see a very similar 1966 CJ-5 posted at Cherrybronco.com

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2117603418326488/

“Custom 1960 Willy’s Jeep. One of a Kind. Will Consider trades of equal value.”

Current Pics:

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Jeep-A-Loader

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: This is the original patent for the Jeep-a-Loader! The application was first filed on February 07, 1955, by the Minneapolis Freeman Mfg, Co. (Out of Minneapolis??). I am guessing that the Jeep-A-Loader Corporation was a subsidiary or offshoot from the above parent company. The drawing shows that the Jeep-A-Loader was designed to fit over a CJ-3B (perhaps a CJ-5 as well), though the only one I’ve seen documented is fitted on a CJ-3A.

The filing date likely means this was manufactured around 1955, plus or minus a year. The patent was granted February 11, 1958.

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This photo is from 2009:

From June 2008:  A reader named Ed sent me some pics of a rare find he just purchased:  A front end loader for a jeep from a manufacturer called Jeep-a-Loader.   The serial number is 1001. The hydraulics system is powered by a Hy-lo hydraulic pump, which has been used to power other Willys devices.  You can see an example of a Hy-lo pump here and here.  Here are some pics below.

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1960 Wagon Four Door Dayton, VA eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Back on eBay (thanks Craig)

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(last listed on ebay in Jan 2015) “This is a custom, one-off Willy’s Jeep. It was made for Henry Kaiser, when he retired to Hawaii and became involved in tourism and land development. He had the custom pink long-wheelbase Willys wagon built for exploring the island. Kaiser’s wife loved pink and all of his construction equipment was painted pink, so that seems to be where the pink color for the Jeep came from. This can all be seen on the following web page, along with a photo (which is the black and white photo provided in the photos of the vehicle) of the Jeep in Hawaii : http://cj3b.info/Siblings/SurreyHawaii.html

We also have documentation from the Kaiser Jeep Corporation stating that this Jeep is an authentic one of a kind Jeep. Please only serious inquiries only and please do not try to convince us that we are wrong about it being a one of a kind, this is most definitely not a railroad Jeep. We know what we have and are willing to answer questions of those with serious inquiries about this vehicle.”

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The seller claims to have documentation to prove that this is the only four door limo-like wagon made. to Willys Country this wagon was once used as a limo for an airport. Whether there was only one built or remains an undocumented issue at this point. Is the wagon above the same one that’s in the photo below? Hard to say for sure.

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1950 CJ-3A? Aberdeen, WA $2000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Unusual • TAGS: .

I’m not sure what this is or was.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/cto/d/hoquiam-willies-jeep-1950/6806355235.html

“1950 Willie’s Jeep serious inquiry only $2000 firm”

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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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1948 Willys StorDor Healdsburg, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD**

Adam’s selling this rare 1948 Willys StorDor Van. Here’s another example. I assume this one has some kind of custom top?

“Offered here is a 1948 Willys StorDor step van. It has been converted to a Chevrolet 6 cyl and the roof has been extended. The inside is wired for 110v, fully insulated, and has a sleeping loft. This would make a great tiny home, food truck, or RV! It has been sitting for many years and will need reviving. It is not currently running, but the engine turns over. Asking $2200 or best offer. Registration is paid, title is clean, tags are current. Please reply with your phone number if interested and I will contact you.”

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Chassis is solid. Interior is bone dry, insulated, wired for 110v, no rodents, and no mold or mildew…no leaks. Title is clean and tags are current…can be parked on the street. This is a project, but a worthy one! This would make an amazing tiny home or camper/RV. I was also considering making into an olde-world, European-style food truck, pizza shack, or coffee house…amazing! This is an investment that will potentially save or make you thousands of dollars. Bring your imagination and a trailer to haul it away. I can also potentially deliver it to you for a fee. If you have a piece of property with no structure, grab this, put it up on blocks, and plug it in and you have a fully insulated, powered, dry and roomy cabin that is ready to go! Asking $4700 or best offer….”
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1953 CJ-3A Swamp Buggy Glades County, FL $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Unusual • TAGS: .

I’m digging this oddity.

https://fortmyers.craigslist.org/lee/cto/d/palmdale-willys-jeep-1953/6795195640.html

“’53 Willys Jeep buggy is a 4 cylinder 4 speed manual transmission. Price is $2,500.”

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1949 Voice of America Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images, Old News Articles, Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Terry pointed out that this same vehicle, a SPEN self-sustaining motion picture unit, appears in a Willys Industrial Equipment book brochure. Here it is below:

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Talk about a rare jeep. Anyone ever seen one of these (if there are any left). It’s a specially outfitted jeep for the State Department for carrying the story of America to the world. The first pics below were from a September 1949 issue of Popular Science, while the newspaper article was carried in the Sunday Star on Sunday, April 17, 1949.

From the September 1949 issue of Popular Science:
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From the Sunday Star, April 17, 1949:

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Custom Flattie Yuba City, CA $2592

• CATEGORIES: MB, Unusual • TAGS: .

Jay spotted this unusual flat fender project on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/446275155885854

“1942 Jeep that’s ben strechted and widened and mounted on a 79 Bronco frame with a 88 fuel injected 5.0, 89 AOD trans, 79 transfer case with split shifter, 9in rear and Dana 44 front, 35in tires on 12inX15in Centerline rims. It’s a project but most of the mechanical is done!”

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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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1946 CJ-2A Jeep Rod Flagler, CO $15,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Jeep Rods, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $7500.

https://cosprings.craigslist.org/cto/d/1946-willys-cj2a-roadster/6736939741.html

(12/29/2015) “awesome jeep / 425 hp / bm shifter / way to much to list / like new / patina finish /asking only 15 , 25 in it / 350 motor is way worth more than 10 / make offer /10.9 in the quarter ////.”

 
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1949 Wagon/Custom Graham, WA Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

I’m not altogether sure what this is, but there do seem to be some willys parts on it.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/cto/d/1949-willys-overland/6730228566.html

“1949 Willys overland
delivery truck restoration project car
All dis assembled.
Frame and some parts have been powder coated
make offer”

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Year? CJ-2A w/Rear Box Centralia, WA $650

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

Dan spotted this crazy thing. The transmission cross member suggests it is a 2A and the grille suggests it is most likely a ’46.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/cto/d/flathead-willys-jeep-with/6724862540.html

“I’m selling an old flat fender flathead willys Jeep. This was a barn find, I know very little about it’s history and have no paper work on it. All I know is that it came from Canada and it was used as a snow plow at one time, it made its way down to Washington and then sat in a barn for 40 years. Very interesting custom body with suicide doors. Both door latches and roll down windows work. Has PTU gearbox on rear bumper but the drive shaft from the transmission is missing. Engine is in ruff shape, I have not tried to turn it over yet. Drive train seams to be in working order. What you see is what you get. I will leave it on my flatbed trailer so I can deliver it to you. I will deliver it as far as Idaho and Northern California for a charge of $1 a mile.”

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1951 Holden-Modified Wagon Haag, Austria eBay

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: , .

Mike shared this unusual wagon that was supposed to be one of seven modified for use by the US military in Austria (I thought Holden modified wagons in Australia??).

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“Extremely rare version from the production in the Holden plant Australia. It was only 7 pieces produced !!! Please compare that you have Google images, they will not be found.
Special attention to the moldings and door buckles. 100% rarity with rarity value, value increase etc. etc. 89,200 KM

The vehicle is from military use of the US Army in Austria during the occupation and was one of the oldest military vehicles of the Austrian. Society of the Red Cross in 1951 in Austria.”

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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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1950 Flattie Marion, IN $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Unusual • TAGS: .

It’s a project that probably should be rethought.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/225924174898070

“Has GM frame,Buick V6 with automatic trans. Has set awhile.Runs good,Bill of sale no title.”

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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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1948 CJ-2A Fort Mohave, Az $12,000

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

UPDATE: Still Available

(08/17/2017) This has a variety of upgrades.  The grille reminds me of a Nuffield.

“One of a kind
1948 Willys Jeep 4 wheel drive ( 81 ” wheel base )
I’ve owned this Jeep for over 40 years
All steel body (no rust or damage)
Complete frame including spring hangers etc. are boxed in
Hi performance 350 cu.in. fresh small block Chevy / chrome custom headers
Turbo 400 trans, electric lock up tork converter, custom made dash and hood
Halibrand quick-change rear end (extra gear sets)
Custom body work-exhaust exits out rear of body,
Flaring on wheel wells / license plate recessed
Enlarged windshield / frenched head lights /custom grill
Stainless fuel tank
Custom Fresno top / side panels included
Tilt steering wheel / power steering
Disk brakes all around
Double chain driven transfer case
Chrome traction bars
Roll cage
Bucket seats
Street legal, titled and registered
Has never been outside my shop over night, always indoors”

https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/cto/d/1948-custom-willys-jeep/6213425917.html

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Year? MB/GPW Welder & Trailer Ventura, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB), Industrial-Welder-Generator, MB, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** $3500.

“One of a kind old Jeep, welder and Jeep trailer.”

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1953 Wagon 8×8 Kingman, Az

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: John spotted this video. This 8×8 was last listed on eBay and sold for $11,100. It was relisted in 2014, at which time the video below was posted. I believe this sold, as it is no longer listed on the seller’s website.

(08/11/2012) “Built by legendary fabricator Dick Cook out of California be sure this rig was was put together the correct way! Known for his collaboration on the mechanical side of cars built with legendary 70’s car builder “Big Daddy Ross” his name is synonymous with multi-axle vehicles. This build includes the following:

-2 Overland wagons and 1 Jeep used to build this amazing Overland Custom
-Rebuilt 327 Corvette engine powers ALL 8 Wheels!
-Fuel Cell inside
-2 Leather Bucket Seats
-White face gusges
-Working emaergency sirens and lights

In full disclosure, the items that are not 100% show quality as follows:

-There is a bit of overspray on the drivers side
-The interior could use some TLC to get to show quality

This Willys will literally go anywhere, and it has. Dick Cook personally drove this rig with his daughter from Crested Butte Colorado all the way over the pass to Aspen only a few years ago for a road trip. With the option of locking out the rear 4 wheels this rig will motor down the highway at 65 mph. Also has one of the best turning capabilities of any auto out there. It will “crab” down the road in a parade or 8 wheel steer itself out of any trail corner. Bid now and be the owner of this one of a kind WIllys 8X8 Overland before it makes its way to Barrett Jackson Las Vegas and goes for who know how much!”

 
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1948 Photos of the 3-Wheeled “Davis” Jeep/Car on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

I’m pretty sure I’ve done a post on this car in the past, but I can’t find it at the moment.

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“Original Vintage Photo RARE Davis 3 Wheel Jeep Car circa 1948 Size is 8×10″ inches.”

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Custom-Flattie/Subaru Bonners Ferry, ID $1250

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $1250.

“1946 Willy’s Jeep with Subaru motor and chassis. A great project car that also runs.
We have more spare parts and extra tires and wheels too – all included.
Currently has a dead battery from sitting over the winter. We have used this on our property as a “mule” cart.
It is not titled, but I just called DMV and there is a simple process to take care of that to make it street legal.”

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1948 ‘CJ-2B’ Attack Engine Riot Control Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Derek did the initial research and writeup on this project, correctly identifying it as a CJ-2A. Check out the pre-restoration pics and info here: http://cj3b.info/Fire/NewSalem.html

The folks at the New Salem Fire Department near Albany, New York, recently ‘restored’ what they call a “CJ-2B Attack Engine”. And, to be fair, I suppose this CJ-2A has undergone some major changes. Perhaps it should be relabeled a 1948 CJ-2RC (Riot Control) jeep?

You can read about it here: http://newsalemfire.com/new-salem-fire-apparatus-Jeep-CJ-2B.php

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Motor Patrol Colorado Jeep “Long John”

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

I can’t remember where I found this, but I thing it was part fo the Denver, Colorado, St. Patrick’s parade. Anyone know anything about this jeep?

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