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1952? CJ-2A JeepRod Mountain Home, ID $3500

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

UPDATE: Price dropped to $3500.

(1030/2019) It appears to be a 2A body, give the ignition switch holes.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2493158767671587/

“1952 willys jeep / rat rod. Original flat 4 Willy engine transmission, transfer box and rear end. Runs good has new battery. Also have some extra parts. New brake pads wheel seals bearings ect. Custom whiskey barrel seat with suicide doors. Possible partial trade make an offer”

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1949 ‘Budson’ Prairie City, OR **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Wagons

UPDATE: **SOLD** … This “Budson” was back on the market in 2020 for a short time. It was previously sold in 2011. Looks like someone took the time to fix it up some. Thanks to Marty and TJ for spotting it.

“1948 Jeep with a dodge slant six with 3spd tranny twin stick transfer runs and drives Budson body painted speed green flatz paint Interior needs finishing door panels head liner seats redone dash needs paint and needs some glass replaced Will lol at some interesting trades or best offer”

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1945 Photo of Modified Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Unusual • TAGS: .

This press photo and caption was posted to Facebook.

“THIS IS A “TWEEP”
MAJURO– This combination truck and jeep was constructed by Seabees fo materials salvaged from six abandoned jeeps. With a wheelbase one-half times longer than the standard jeep, the “Tweep” accommodates eight person and gear, carries gas in its fenders. Red Cross Field Director Robert De Lawny, Spring Lane, Ithaca, NY , Stands by the Vehicle.
CREDIT (Red Cross PHOTO FROM ACME) 11-20-45″
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1974 CJ-5 Fulton, NY $2000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Unusual, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $2000.

(01/20/2020) Runs and plows.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1043158436040498/

“1974 Jeep CJ5 rebuilt straight 6 cylinder 4×4 new aluminum radiator runs good 7.5 ft Meyers plow electric over hydraulic will push snow all day long no title”

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1956 Modified Truck Charlestown, NH $1800

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/01/2019) Here’s an odd one.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/541451926430647/

“Clone willys truck/flatbed. Runs drives stops, needs seats. No rot that I see, bought off a coworker who’s moving to Florida. Was going to put axles and tires and make a woods rig, but too many projects to dedicate time on it. Has plow set up but no blade. Open to offers and trades”

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Flatfender Jeep Bar Howell, MI $2500

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/bfs/d/howell-1945-willys-jeep-bar/7067504935.html

(02/11/2019)  “You may have a cool jeep but you dont have one made into a bar. The only bar ever made from an original 1945 Willys jeep. Great for a patio bar or man cave. seats eight comfortably. Jeep is pretty small compared to newer version. The interior is wrapped in stainless steel for outside commercial food service. Can fit coolers under the dash
and propane grill in back area. Seats 8 or 12 standing. the stainless speed rail is located at the passenger side opening. rolls easily Call 517-599-178six. The only bar made from an original WWII era Jeep.”

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1974 Custom Jeep Lancaster, CA Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6, Unusual • TAGS: .

Thanks to Kelso Bob for sharing this unusual creation. I am curious about how the builder went about the Chassis’ ‘Bomb protection’ strategy. It’s not clear if the $40k is a real price or just a place holder.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/558752301516432/

“EXCEPTING OFFERS… This 1974 JEEP AMC was the brainchild of a very creative man. (( Firstly You won’t find another one like this on the planet. Just being honest )).
SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY ( COMBAT OR PREPER READY! )
(FIRSTLY) This is the only jeep on the road like this, I repeat the only jeep on the road like this. There is not another on this entire planet, IT WAS BUILT FROM 3 JEEPS, created not purchased. – SHALOW WATER AMPHIBIOUS – RIGHT HAND SIDE DRIVE – SEATS 6 PASSENGERS! – *** SIT ON THE ROOF, GRAB A BEER AND WATCH THE STARS IN THR DESERT *** – Clean title – MUCH BIGGER IN PERSON! SITS 7ft HIGH – Gun racks – Knife Locations – 4WD – 2WD SWITCH – 360 CUBIC “ (5900cc) V8 – 3speed AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION – TVs – GPS – HIGH MOUNTED EXHAUST FOR SHALLOW WATER MOVEMENT – “FULLY ENFORCED CHASIS FOR BOMB PROTECTION” OVER 100k went into creating this jeep.”

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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.

https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/cto/d/1948-custom-willys-jeep/7040749096.html

“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”

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Year? CJ-3B? Wauchula, FL $2000

• CATEGORIES: Last Ride, Other 4x4s, Unusual • TAGS: .

The engine fires on this creation. Looks like a 3B hood on a CJ-5 grille with a CJ-2A windshield?

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/744581559343462/

“1943 Willy needs restoration or great a toy..does fire up..cranked it a few weeks ago..”

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RLT Development’s Husky R.V. Jeep Kit

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Unique Jeeps, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: This post about the rare Husky jeep kit has been updated with four more images at the bottom.

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Originally posted August of 2013:

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Sometimes called the Husky R.V. or the R.L.T. Husky, this Jeep Kit was sold out of the UK and used atop a Ford Taurus or Ford Escort Mark IV (and other cars?). It was available for an unknown period during the 1980s and 1990s.

“R.V. – Rugged and Versatile aptly describes these tough, reliable and inexpensive all-weather vehicles. The unique exterior MDF body combines great strength with structural rigidity and will not rust, crack, craze or splinter, yet is easy to repair.

The sturdy steel chassis, with substantial (de)fenders front & rear, is built for long life, stability and to cope with rugged conditions. Seating can vary from 2 fronts with a rear load space, which can be fitted with forward, rearward or inward facing rear seats, accessed via a ‘walk-thru’ from the front can be accommodated by simple modification to the cutting and assembly process, or the rear zip up rear hood window, with or without the optional opening tailgate

Fold-flat windscreen. Ford front engine/RWD ensures safe predictable handling, amazing traction and reliable mechanics. Nimble as an Escort, the HUSKY turns tighter than a London Taxi and yet provides a comfortable ride even over rough terrain. Safety options include a hefty Roll Bar, front Nudge Bar and chassis mounted Side Impact bars/steps”

Some pictures:

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IMAGE LINKS:  Use these links to see the above large res images herehere, here, and here.

http://www.locust.org.uk/about/brochures/wrv/page2.html

 
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1947 CJ-2A Fullerton, CA **Status Unknown**

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

UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $2700. This was previously listed in Irvine.

(09/16/2019) From the pics, it looks like there was some good work done on this.

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“Very cool Willy’s Jeep all original drivetrain does not run. It looks like the cowl and windshield were grafted from a Willy’s wagon, and the steel cab is all one piece. Probably not a prototype vehicle or a relative to the CJ4, but a cool “missing link” CJ2a built with awesome craftsmanship 40+ years ago. Possibly a non-US made Jeep wagonette. Suicide doors latch. Great patina. This will be the coolest Jeep at Easter Jeep safari.”

 
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1956 Custom Wagon Priest River, ID $4800

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

Ken shared this cool custom utility wagon.

https://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/d/oldtown-1956-willies-custom-club-cab/6998308677.html

“Custom Willies with manually operated snow plow, dump bed, hydraulic boom lift. Chevy 283 V8 engine. Ready to plow. Cash.”

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1953 Custom Jeep Fort Lauderdale, FL $3000

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

This is an unusual project. Maybe it’s a swamp rig?

https://miami.craigslist.org/brw/cto/d/fort-lauderdale-jeep-willys-1953/6968641698.html

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“I HAVE A 1953 JEEP WILLYS READY TO WORK OR PROJECT HAVE NO TIME TO DO THE PROJECT WITH IT AND I HAVE THE SHAFT NO TIME TO PUT IT ON

BUT YOU HAVE TO SEE IT IF YOU KNOW ABOUT JEEP WILLYS

ENGINE CLEAN AND START ONE TURN TRANSMISSION PERFECT 3 SPEED GOOD TIRES
4 CYLINDERS”

 
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1962 Wagon Jalopy Islamorada, FL $7500

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $7500.

If you are looking for something different, this might fit the bill. It’s a custom body on a 1962 wagon chassis.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/383433208981693/

“1962 willys station wagon frame. handmade body 225 dauntless oddfire rebuilt engine 4 wheel drive with hubs, 3 speed with warn overdrive front disk brakes everything new or rebuilt runs down the road fine or would be a great storefront addition open to offers”

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Empi Dune Buggy

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

UPDATE: David Crawford reports that his father built 36 different Empi’s that ended up all over the western US. In the comments below, he wrote,

“My dad, Bill Crawford, of Tuolumne, CA, “sparkplugged” the build, on those 2’VW based cars. He bought a set of plans for the EMPI Sportster, and made a whole bunch of mods. He planned to build one article, and 20 years later, there were @ 36 of them built, and running around.
Three of them went to South Dakota. A friend in the Phoenix area, over the years, took 3 of the cars from Norcal, and sold them in the Phoenix area.

Most of the cars were built in his home shop, and about 10 of the cars were assembled by students in a high school auto shop survey class that he taught. There are still several of them floating around Norcal.

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Original Post June 2012:

The Empi Dune Buggy was an early metal kit for VWs. There were several styles.  According to tunacan.net, “The EMPI Sportster was a sheet metal buggy built on a modified VW Beetle floorpan. It was available in a two passenger model or a four passenger model. All Sportsters featured a “Deluxe Folding Windshield” and were constructed of 20-, 18-, and 12- guage steel.

Jim, who pics are shown below, wrote:

“We got the Empi running and driving the night before the Durango car show. I washed, scrubbed and entered this quality piece of early 1960s dune buggy Americana and am shocked that I didn’t win a trophy! Crazy huh? All sarcasm aside, little kids loved it, old men remembered it from “back in the day”, rat rod guys thought it cool, I was really surprised at how much attention and photos it created. Still though, no trophy? People just don’t appreciate a good old fashioned, fugly, all metal dune buggy these days, sigh…”

Jim notes that he strategically positioned himself near the only flat fenders at the show.  You can see some of his older flatties here.

Nelson’s Empi Dune Buggy

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1959 Zamboni FH Wilmington, NY $750

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available. Now priced at $750.

This is a unique item that Roger Martin spotted. If you are a CJ-5 collector, you probably don’t own a CJ-5 chassis sporting an original Frank Zamboni-created Model FH!

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/635283360312653/?ref=messenger_share

“This is a 1959 FH model zamboni built by Frank Zamboni himself. The serial number is FH197 less than 20 of these were ever built. It is the high capacity model designed for outdoor ice rinks. It needs a complete restoration it’s built on a Jeep cj5 frame and Jeep 4cyl concerted to propane. It was running and being used in Lake Placid up until about 6 years ago when a new machine was purchased. At that time this one started to be stripped down to restore bc it’s such a fascinating piece of history, but have run out of time to put into it. I am going to put the listing up for 7 days no reasonable offer will be refused”

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1966 VW w/ CJ-5 Body Fredonia, NY eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Unusual, VEEP (VW Jeep), Scamp, Others • TAGS: .

Mike spotted this odd combination of parts. It’s a fiberglass CJ-5 replica body on a 1966 VW Chassis powered by a 16hp Kohler air cooled engine. Starting bid is $6000.

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1946 jeep willys on A 1966 Volkswagen Sedan Chassis. Turn key, powered by a 16 hp Koehler air cooled engine, RWD . New York State street legal Top speed is 40-50 mph Sold frame with no rust. Stored in a climate controlled pole barn. This Jeep has drum brakes, 15’ tires, like new, 4 speed clutch less Volkswagen transmission. Fiberglass Jeep shell, collapsable front windshield. Front hood opens for storage This Jeep is perfect for a beach house, campsite or campgrounds. Sold as is and buyer is responsible for shipping or pick up .”

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Modified Canadian MB

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Unusual • TAGS: .

This Canadian jeep has some unusual modifications. The image was featured at https://captainstevens.com/military/mv/mvmarkings/, which takes a look at Canadian Military Vehicle marketings.

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Photo Credit: http://Captainstevens.com W-LU GOC_4th Canadian Armoured Division (Canadian Army PA211629_jpeg) This appears to the the same jeep as in the colour photo above, just after it was customized for the General Officer Commanding 4 Canadian Armoured Division. They added roof, doors, flag staff and light and extension on rear of vehicle. It is carrying at least one wireless set.

It’s believed that this is the front of the above jeep. As you can see, a rounded topper has been added to the windshield. It appears to be a nice bit of work.  The windshield has also been converted into a vertical windshield.

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Photo Credit: Major-General Worthington in the 4th Armoured Division GOC’s jeep Late 1943 or January 1944 L&AC

 
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1943 Modified GPW Bozeman, MT eBay

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

Thanks to Roger Martin for sharing this unusual vehicle. The buy-it-now price on this highly modified GPW/truck is $14,995. I’m not clear how the seller arrived at the price, but the vehicle itself is a whimsical item that seems to need some work.

View all the information on ebay

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“This is a very special vehicle I found a few months ago that came from a ranch in eastern Montana. Perhaps some handy rancher wanted a Jeep pickup before Jeep ever offered one. Perhaps he could not afford or justify the cost of one and decided to build one from a WW II Jeep, an extra WW II Jeep frame, an early Dodge pickup cab and the front of an as of yet unknown early steel pickup box.

This truck appears to have a chassis made out of a pair of WW II Jeep chassis that were cut off and butt welded together in the center to make a chassis that has a wheelbase just over 2 feet longer at 105-1/2”. That is 25-1/2″ longer than the stock WW II Jeep chassis that has an 80″ wheelbase. Someone then added a cab from a 1933 to early 1935 Dodge pickup or 1-1/2 ton truck so they would have some weather protection from the sometimes wild weather here in Montana.

What really impressed me about this truck the moment I first saw it is the amount of work some reasonably skilled craftsman went to to build a 4 wheel drive pickup out a tiny WW II Jeep. I have seen literally hundreds of WW II and later Jeeps in my life so far that have had cabs added to the original Jeep body but I have never seen one that had a pickup or truck cab installed on it like this truck has. Add to that the fact that the cab on this truck has the very attrractive backward opening “suicide” doors from the early 1930’s and one has a very special vehicle.

Not only was a completely different cab installed on this “stretched” Jeep chassis, but that cab was subjected to some very interesting modifications. The most obvious modification is the very special rounded cowl that adapted the cowl of the Dodge cab to the back of the flat Jeep cowl right bvehind the Jeep hood. I am very sure that that cowl adapter was not hand formed but I have not yet figured out what that specially formed piece of sheet metal may have been used on originally.

Please also notice the very significant fact that the as of yet unknown Jeep builder adapted a “V” windshield to the front of the Dodge cab that originally came with a flat whidshield. I have yet to figure out what vehicle that “V” windshield originally came in. Please help me here if you possibly can. Another modification to the Dodge truck cab would be the fact that it has a steel insert in the top of the roof rather than the original fabric roof that it came with when new. I have seen hundreds of Model A Ford and other similar vehicles from the 20’s and 30’s that had similar steel roofs installed when the original fabrick roofs went bad.
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1960 Wood CJ-5ish Jeep Medina, OH **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features, Unusual, Wood bodies

UPDATE: Price now $10,000 (and old pics back up). This was for sale back in 2015 You can see a very similar 1966 CJ-5 posted at Cherrybronco.com

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

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The Swiss Knife of CJ-5s

• CATEGORIES: Builds, CJ5, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Back in 2012 I ran across a pic of this CJ-5 on Flickr (1st one shown below). Now, thanks to rob, we have a series of photos of this North Carolina CJ-5, custom built by the owner.  Sure looks handy!

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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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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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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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