1952 Willys Jeep Model C M38 Military 4x4  Chassis no. 36117446

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Lot 87
1952 Willys Jeep Model C M38 Military 4x4
Chassis no. 36117446

Sold for £ 13,500 (US$ 18,209) inc. premium
1952 Willys Jeep Model C M38 Military 4x4
Chassis no. 36117446
Odometer reading: tbc
MOT: Exempt



*Iconic military vehicle
*An older restoration
*Imported into the UK earlier this year


Built by both Willys and Ford, and produced by the million, the ubiquitous Jeep 4x4 saw service in every theatre of the Second World War and continued in military service with Armies worldwide for several decades thereafter. Despite the success of the original (MB) version, the US Army believed that there was scope for improvement and Willys responded with the revised Model C. Designated M38 by the US military, the Model C entered service in 1950 featuring the longer (and stronger) chassis frame of Willys' commercial CJ-3A model. This increase in size (and weight) exposed the original 60-62bhp Go-Devil engine as insufficiently powerful, leading to its replacement with the 72 horsepower Hurricane unit in 1952. Apart from an increase in bonnet height to accommodate the taller Hurricane engine, the M38A1 looked essentially the same as its wartime ancestor. By the time production ceased in 1957, some 160,000 examples of the Willys M38/M38A1 had been built. Today the Jeep in its various forms remains highly sought after by discerning military vehicle enthusiasts everywhere.
This Willys M38 has been used by the enthusiast vendor on his farm in the Lebanon. An older restoration finished in US Army grey, it has the correct windscreen and has been fitted with additional side steps to facilitate easier ingress/egress. The vehicle was imported into the UK earlier this year (taxes have been paid) and is running and driving well.

Footnotes

  • Vendor Score Total: 68 /100

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    Key for sellers' assessments:
    1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
    2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
    3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
    4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
    5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

    EXTERIOR TOTAL: 18 /25
    Body Work: 4
    Paint: 4
    Glass: 4
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 3
    Wheels/Tyres: 3

    RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 16 /20
    Gearbox/Clutch: 4
    Axles: 4
    Suspension: 4
    Brakes: 4

    INTERIOR TOTAL: 11 /20
    Seats: 3
    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 3
    Headlining: 2
    Trim: 3

    ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 6 /10
    Main components: 3
    Ancillary components: 3

    ENGINE TOTAL: 16 /20
    Starting: 4
    Running: 4
    Under Bonnet: 4
    Mechanical components: 4

    Car History File: 1

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1952 Willys Jeep Model C M38 Military 4x4  Chassis no. 36117446
1952 Willys Jeep Model C M38 Military 4x4  Chassis no. 36117446
1952 Willys Jeep Model C M38 Military 4x4  Chassis no. 36117446
1952 Willys Jeep Model C M38 Military 4x4  Chassis no. 36117446
1952 Willys Jeep Model C M38 Military 4x4  Chassis no. 36117446
1952 Willys Jeep Model C M38 Military 4x4  Chassis no. 36117446
1952 Willys Jeep Model C M38 Military 4x4  Chassis no. 36117446
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