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Kelly Manufacturing’s 23-Series Tops

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features • TAGS: .

Sometime in the early 1960s, Kelly Manufacturing altered the design of its angular full and half hardtops. The new tops eliminated some of the horizontal bevels and the flat back design for a slightly more elegant design; but, the tops did retain the angled top-side that was so recognizable (As I don’t have much knowledge on any interior changes, this post will stick to the major exterior differences) (See Kelly’s connection to Beck and Kemco and an early Kelly brochure) (Also see CJ-3B page Beck and Kelly histories)

Interestingly enough, Kelly branded the Flatfender  tops as 23-series, but not the CJ-5 tops. Here’s a 1962 Kelly brochure that highlights a wide variety of the rear-angled design for both the CJ-5 and the flatfenders, along with the model numbers:

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To make the differences more clear, let’s take a look at the early Kelly design (these early hardtops were also marketed by the Berg’s as JeepKing hardtops). Notice the horizontal bevels along the driver’s side rear and on the rear latch. Also note the flat vertical back of the hardtop.

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2 CJ-5s Easton, PA $2500

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(02/14/2020) Could be some value here. The jeeps won’t be sold separately.

https://allentown.craigslist.org/pts/d/easton-2-jeep-cjs-66-cj5-63-cj5/7069306777.html

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“2 Willys Jeeps. One 1966 (Estimate no title) and One 1963 with Title. The red one is in poor condition but runs and drives. No brakes but parking brake does work. Plow does work but it’s manual angle. The front leaf springs are both broken. The white Jeep has an engine but is locked up. It has oil in the engine and I did put ATF in the cylinders but that’s as far as I got. It is also missing the radiator and heater core along with the starter and generator. I guess someone stole them for scrap before I bought it. I bought this one from an auction. I found the last PA registration in the glove box. Body is in great shape compared to the red one. I was going to build one good Jeep from the 2. Will not sell Jeeps separate. The title to the red one has to be changed before it leaves the property. $2500.00
I have had a lot of emails about selling the Jeep separate or selling Parts off of the Jeeps. The Jeeps will not be sold separately. There will be no parts sold off of either Jeep. They either go together or they will stay here and hang out.”