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Electric Jeep (and More) Lexington, KY **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

This is an unusual vehicle that is part of a business. It’s the whole business that’s for sale. The jeep itself is sort of an electric VEEP.

“This is truly a one of a kind vehicle and business opportunity for any EV or automobile enthusiast.

For sale is a custom built Willys electric jeep. The details of this vehicle are hard to describe, but it is essentially a 1949 Willys body sitting on a custom frame, VW front end drivetrain , and custom all Electric drive!

This vehicle was built as a training and demonstration vehicle for ACE Technologies. See the website www.nopgas.us for more information. This vehicle has been used to train hundreds of EV enthusiasts and has been seen numerous times on TV and in parades.

For sale is the vehicle, with all of the technical documents, schematics, etc. AND the complete rights and ownership of www.nogas.us The domain will be transferred to your name and If you like, I will continue to host it free for the remaining of the year. Also included is the “EV-101 training materials and DVD which have been sold to hundreds of enthusiasts wishing to build their own vehicle.

This is a 144V vehicle, capable of driving at highway speeds. It needs a bit of TLC but is an excellent project vehicle or special events vehicle.”

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Ad for Hickey 4×4 in Four Wheeler Magazine

I ran across this unusual ad for the complete setup for an unusual 4×4 in the February 1964 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine. The prototypes and parts were being sold by Vic Hickey (or he was acting as an agent). Anyone have more information on this? It appears to be a four wheel drive dune buggy.


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1946 CJ-2A/Wrangler(?) Greenwood, SC **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000.

Nope, never seen this mod!

“have a nice old 1946 jeep upgraded to a 12 volt system and newer front grill off a 12 volt later model jeep everything works on it ……….might be open to a good trade I like bangs and farm stuff”

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1962 DJ-3A Surrey Ohio $9500

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Unusual • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE:  Still Available

(12/01/2012) “This is a 1962 Willy’s Jeep Surrey Gala with 26,127 miles. It has been in our family for 30 years. We used the Jeep in parades only to advertise our business. Price $9,500.00. Only 1100 ever made. They came in Blue, Pink and Green. This jeep was refurbished from pink to red prior to us aquiring it. Serious collectors only please! I also am willing to sell the trailer that it sits on for an additional $1,000. It is a full size car hauler. Please call Jim Cira at 419-722-8801.”


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1946? Truck Felton, DE **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was sold at auction.

It’s got an unusual cab.

“Selling for owner at public auction next Thursday Night Aug.8,2013.
This one of a kind hand built Willy Jeep will be sold first item of the auction. Locally built and being sold by estate. This jeep has been in garage storage for 5+ years and has just been brought out to Delaware Auto Exchange to be sold next Thursday Night at 6:30pm.
More photos on auctionzip.com selling auctioneer ID number 35488. or call 800-608-2727 ask for Ron for further details.”

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1942 GPW Reno, NV **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4500.

This one has an odd top.

“1942 jeep in good running condition with a new carb.”

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Custom Jeep Chesire, OH $2800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6, Unusual • TAGS: .

This appears to have been a CJ-6.

“This Jeep is not street legal off-road use only. It has been cut down and has a three link suspension in rear has dana 44 rear axle it has good set of 33” Buckshot tires has new carburetor, new fuel pump,new plugs wires, new brakes on rear have new set for front to go with it just never got them put on, has new battery, Has a griffen 4 core aluminium radiator, aluminium keg fuel cell, aluminium diamond plate dash with 5 light up switches and water temp gauge, oil pressure gauge and voltage gauge. new electric fan with a thermostatic control switch to turn fan on and off. Complete rewired jeep,has cd player in console, has 5,000 lbs winch, and D rings front and rear the motor is a F head 4 cylinder has info plate on motor saying board 30 over carries 40lbs oil pressure motor sounds and runs good. cell 740-645-2219″


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1950s Boat with Willys Motor Spokane, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1395.

Blaine spotted this rare boat with a Willys motor.

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“I found this beauty under a tree on my little old lady neighbor’s farm. COMPLETE, no parts missing, last running smooth in the water in 1998. Then her owner died, and his wife just pulled a tarp over her.

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1981 Dominican Republic License Plate on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Ever seen one of these?

“Authentic License Plates as shown – This is the only place on the entire planet which has issued (and they no longer do it) A special class of plate for a jeep.”


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1982 DJ-5 Chapel Hill, NC **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, trailer, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5200.

Jim spotted this great combo. Almost as good as the surrey DJ-3A hot dog jeep.

“1982 Jeep and 2003 Hot dog trailer both custom made, including all accessories in excellent condition! come have a look for yourself!!
$5,200 or best offer…. can also be sold individually (hot dog trailer for $3,200 Jeep for $2,400)”

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Stretched Scrambler(?) Hunting Jeep Crosby, TX $15,000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s, Unusual • TAGS: .

How about this unusual jeep?

“Selling this Custom Hunting Jeep. It is a must see and runs great. Has a Winch and a feeder, and a raised platform, for hunting from the jeep. lot of work was put into this Jeep and works great on the Dear lease. Call Luke at (713)805-1154, and make a good offer. Need to sell. thanks for looking”


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The Panther WaterCar $139,000 or $172,000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

UPDATE: I originally featured the Panther WaterCar in 2013. It was priced at $135k at the time. Mike spotted a video of it on Facebook yesterday, so I took another look at the website. The WaterCar is now priced at $139,000 for the basic vehicle or $172,000 for the custom version. Check out the video here.  The company also recently introduced a Fire Rescue Vehicle: https://www.watercar.com/fire-rescue


According to the website, “Builders of The Most Fun Vehicle on the Planet! In 1999, WaterCar started as a personal challenge to build the world’s fastest amphibious vehicle. Our early WaterCars were purpose-built vehicles, to be very fast on both land and water. After January, 2010, when WaterCar established the Guinness amphibious speed record with our Python model, our attention turned to reliability and we began designing a vehicle to offer to the public. Fourteen years, countless successes and failures, 27 patents and untold labor hours later, our personal challenge has been achieved.

The Panther, our first WaterCar to be offered to the public, was created by our WaterCar team which is made up of top designers and technicians from around the world.

Throughout the Panther’s development, the commitment was to engineer a versatile amphibious vehicle built with proven off-the-shelf components that are recognizable throughout the automotive and marine industry. Our WaterCar team has achieved that goal.”

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1968 Hummbug (VW Hummer) Roy, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s, Unusual, VEEP (VW Jeep), Scamp, Others

UPDATE: Was listed at $7000. **SOLD** A volkswagen hummer kit car called the HummBug? Who knew? I thought this was odd ball enough to include.

“great kit car,vw bug power.very stout body. this is the boby hummer made this company quit building. runs ,drives good. new brakes on back.disc on front.body great execpt left fender has crack.radios dont go with car.pan great . master cyl leaks, needs boots on axl.full metal top w/roll over protection,metal doors .,classic, hot rod, rat rod,dune buggy. custom car,volkswagon.will go half swap for non project 6 cyl cj5,cj3a,tj,yj,jeep”

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Custom Mower Ormand Beach, FL $400

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

Not bad.

“One of a kind Jeep/lawn tractor. Based on a Craftsman rider with a 21 HP. engine and runs good.
Great fun for the kids young and old. Dare to be different you will have fun at the same time.
Asking $400.00 or best Cash or trade offer. Will consider all offers.
Will not answer Emails without contact information. If interested CALL 386-615-4739”


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Photos of a MT-Tug 6×6

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s, Unusual • TAGS: .

These photos were taken at a military show by Joe. He notes, “I photographed this TUG at the Gilbert, PA military vehicle rally some years ago.  This model is especially significant to me since I first experienced a TUG first-hand at a Boy Scout Camp in the 1950’s when tasked with a work detail to ‘Spring Clean’ the area around and under the camp Mess Hall.  Unbeknownst to us, the oversized crawl space under the building also happened to be the designated storage area for the camp jeep…..  you guessed it, a Willys 6×6 known as an MT-TUG.  It was complete with serial numbers, stars, data plates and other markings. As mere kids, we were fascinated with the 6-wheel jeep and spent the time pretending to drive the beast instead of actually cleaning the space as assigned.  Lucky for us the 6 volt battery was dead.  And, so began, at an early age, a life-long interest in jeeps, especially the olive-drab kind.  It was also common knowledge within the camp that this jeep was experimental and one of only 15 built. (This fact was verified in books and articles on the MT-TUG published some 50 years later.) Anyway, the camp leaders also knew they had a rare vehicle on their hands and the scuttlebutt was that the jeep was going back to the manufacturer in even trade for a NEW Willys CJ5.  I moved on from scouting after that and still don’t know if that deal ever came to fruition.”






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1947 Empire Tractor Hanover, NH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6000

“The Empire tractor consisted of military power components from World War II-era jeeps. It had a 4-cylinder, 40 hp Willys-Overland engine, a Model T-84 Spicer 3-speed transmission, Spicer transfer case with high and low speeds, Willys rear end, steering column and gearbox. It also had PTO, individual clutch-type rear brakes with a stop provided for parking and a rear belt pulley. The fuel tank and an Empire-style seat were mounted on a large operator’s platform (made from Navy ship decking). Its simple, basic gauges (ammeter, oil pressure and temperature), ignition switch and starter button also came from the jeep. The Empire tractor was originally made for exportation in the Lend-Lease Program after World War II.”


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Jeep Mounted Potato Cannon

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

From the wacky world of jeep weaponry:



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Scrambler Flatfender Project Hemet, CA **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: Was on eBay. **SOLD**

“CJ8 Long Wheel Base, Aluminum Body, Custom Flat Fender Frontend, 9 Hole Grill, Custom Dash, Tailgate, Aluminum Radiator, TDK Frame, 4 1/2” Lift, ProComp Springs, Atlas 2 Transfer Case 3.8, 31 Spline, 4L60E Automatic Overdrive Trans, LS Motor Mounts(Motor not included), Stainless Hinges, New Windshield, Curry Hangers, Power Steering, Axles are rollers, Over $17K Invested, Great Project,


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1947 Marmon-Herrington Delivery Van Johnsburg, IL **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s, Unusual

UPDATE II: A seventh Deliver-All is located in Morris, Illinois, at the True North shop (see on Google).


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1800. Since this was sold I’ve gathered additional information on the Deliver-All.  The video below shows the jeep engine and what may be a T-90. A custom(?) transferase was adapted to the back of the transmission to provide front wheel drive.

Here’s an ad that’s currently on eBay as of 07/22/16:


Photo from Pinterest of 1946 Marmon-Harrington Deliver-All van:

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A good example of the logo:


This was the original ad from 2013:

“1947 Marmon Herrington DelivR All step/delivery van. Only 6 [Ed note: now 7 as of 2019] known to exist. This truck has sat for 25 years but the engine still runs. check out youtube video. look up 1947 Marmon deliver All. The truck is front wheel drive with independant rear suspension. It is powered by a 4 cyl willys engine and a 3 speed manual trans axle. There is some rust issues but not what you would expect for a midwest vehicle that was stored outside. Somebody converted it to a popcorn/ Cheese curd vending vehicle some time ago. No Title but have previous registration cards so that one can get a replacement title.

I bought this truck to make a hotrod out of it and put a late model driveline in it. When I found out how rare it is I thought I would alow the purists out there a chance at owning and restoring it. If not I will proceed with my Hot Rod Plans. Speak now or forever hold your peace. ”



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1952 CJ-3A ‘Budweiser’ Waukee, Ia **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was  No Price. Has Budweiser decals.

(06/04/2011) This looks well done.

“This jeep in good condition. Has a removeable top. This jeep runs and drives, is stock except for the engine. The engine is v-6 Buick. It is red, has new tires on white rims. This jeep was donated to Waukee VFW and we are going to sell it”


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6 1950 Flatfender Camper Negatives on eBay

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

Anyone know the history behind this wild rig? This auction ends soon.

“This auction is for SIX original,vintage c.1950 B/W film photo negatives showing trailer Jeep.The negative was converted to positive to see the image.Enlarged at a scan for better viewing.As shown at a scans.Please see DETAILED scans for condition”

View all the information on ebay

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Custom ‘Jeepski’ Boat-jeep

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

Seth discovered this one-of-a-kind boat for sale. Perhaps the builder was inspired by the Panther water car?

“This is a 1972 All Fiberglass Jeep CJ5 Tub built up on a Fiberglass hull. It has a 50hp Johnson outboard on a custom bracket with power trim & tilt. It has all nautical lights for running at night plus all the vehicle lights work including head lights, tail light and blinkers. This is a 2014 build.

So let me tell you, this thing is an absolute blast, grab a friend turn up the stereo and you will be turning heads everywhere you take her and you can take her anywhere because its great in any water due to the two 12 ft wind surfing boards that act as outriggers so its real stable and not tippy at all plus it has a full windshield. This thing is custom everything from the beautiful paint job to the detailed shifter console and dash board.
Also comes with custom fitted boat trailer.”

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1961? DJ-3A Ambulance Sint Truiden, BE 17,500 Euros

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Unusual • TAGS: , , , .

Marc spotted this unsual DJ-3A. The back has been extended and the dash contains a glovebox, but otherwise there’s lots of DJ-3A elements here. I didn’t know there were DJ-3A ambulances. Anyone ever seen one?

“Fully equipped DJ3A ambulance, well restored over the past years, very good technical condition, new tyres, good condition canvas softtop, etc…”


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1952 Custom Snowplow Hudson, WI **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was $1500. **SOLD**

How about this unusual jeep named Hessie.

“Her name is Hessie! My Dads snow plow and family member.
Dad hates to see her go but she is getting a little old and needs more care then he can give her.
Built from a 1952 4×4 Jeep Willies truck with a tractor cab and hydroturn plow.
He has had it for going on 20 years
Miles- 62years worth???
Paint can be customized to your team color or other liking with a couple cans from Fleet Farm!
Great conversation piece/ lawn ornament!! The miss’s will love it!
Starts and runs, drives, the head was rebuilt about 5 years ago.
It has the original straight six engine.
I can’t tell you much more about it so please don’t email with a bunch of questions, just call or text to set an appointment to look at it, if interested.”


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1946 CJ-2A Lolita, TX $500

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

Here’s an odd duck. The body looks extended in the rear.

“1946 Willys Jeep
no title ,and does not run
500 or trade ATV OR DIRT BIKE
CALL OR TEXT 361 746 4286”


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