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For Sale: 1951 Willys Jeep in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1951 Willys CJ3A

Willys-Overland introduced the CJ-3A model in 1949 to replace the CJ-2A, possibly due to a "slump" in CJ-2A sales, bringing with it a few reasonable minor interior updates with regard to comfort and drivability. The CJ-3A was part of the Universal CJ series, a model intended for agricultural and industrial applications in the civilian market, an area in which Willys-Overland felt it would be a good fit, as the CJ employed the same "utilitarian" features that gave the MB model great success in WWII. Even so, Willys-Overland realized the value of driver comfort, even in a "work" vehicles such as the CJ. Updates in the new CJ-3A, while relatively minor, included increased leg room, leak proof connection features for the canvas top and front side of each door, thicker cushions and more headroom, and the addition of 2-3/8" to the overall height, (with windshield up). The rear wheel well was shortened and the driver's seat was moved toward the rear of the vehicle, shortening the deck. -Thx To

For consignment, a John Willys-Overland company produced Jeep, Model CJ-3A right out of 1951. What do you do when you can't get your hands on a true military spec Willys? Easy, make your own as our consignor did with this CJ3A. Stripped of its comfort, (were early Willys Jeeps ever comfortable?), and transformed into a Willys MB truck thats ready to hunt down Nazis all over Europe. As an additional bonus, a Bantam trailer is included to haul whatever you may need on your mission. So get your gear on Private and follow my lead as we march over, under, around and through this one of a kind Willys of yore and with any luck we won't get you baptized by fire on this mission.

Pay attention here soldier, what I'm about to tell you may just save your life one day. Featuring a higher off the ground than you'd imagine it to be chassis, this all steel truck is painted OD green from stem to stern. Utilitarian and simple are the buzzwords here, but do not be put off, as this is a true performer. The iconic Willy/Jeep grille leads the way with a simple but effective rope wrapped bumper below. The headlights have been blanked out in canvas and a coolant overflow tank has been affixed to the grille, however it is not hooked up. A short steel hood emblazoned with the Army star leads back to the foldable windshield, complete with OD green canvas covering. Speaking of which it is equipped with a passenger side actuated windshield wiper set that works by a hand lever. Simple strong Willys wheels have been equipped with their original style hubs and are wrapped in deeply treaded 6.00-16 tires all around will get you through nearly anything the trail can throw at you. We note the mount for the Browning M1919 machine gun on the rear of the passenger's front fender along with an Army banjo and fire ax on the driver's side in case we need to dig in for the night. A small cargo carrier has been added to the rear and provides room for your rifles, ammo, mess kit, and survival gear.

Simple and to the point. All steel construction makes up this Bantam style trailer. OD Green bathes the steel sides front and rear of this small but versatile utility trailer. Jeep matching wheels and tires are on to ensure your cargo doesn't slide into a fox hole along your journey. The bed shows as used but not abused and is rust free, like the rest of the exterior of the trailer and Jeep. Simple leaf spring suspension is on as are industrial style taillights. Drum brakes are attached to the axle and a pintle hitch is the hook up to your tow vehicle. Around the back we note 2 holders for either fuel cans or extra cargo and another pintle hitch receiver is down low for those days you need to make a cargo train.

Throw your gear in the trailer and let's get moving, Jerry isn't going to sit on his laurels, we've got a war to win!!! Again, simplicity reigns here, excepting for the newly covered OD green canvas seats, which actually cushion your ride, while on a smooth surface is surprisingly? Still bumpy! These seats are a front two bucket, and a rear bench has been added so you can take your platoon mates, the injured or even a random POW back to base camp. A simple metal dash houses essential gauges and several knobs as well as data plates showing the transmission and transfer case operation. Cranking of the engine has been changed over from the floor pedal to key start, and the aforementioned manual wiper control is in front of the passenger. Rubber covered floors abound, and bare metal foot pedals are below the dash.

The standard 134ci L head 4-cylinder engine aptly named the "GO DEVIL", pumps out 60hp. This is attached to a 3-speed manual transmission (with reverse). This is a T-90 transmission, which is also equipped with the Dana 18 transfer case, and a Dana 25 front axle, and a Dana 41 rear axle both with 5.38 I said go through anything. Just remember it's not a race, it's about getting there.

Strong and beautifully designed, not even any surface rust, some patina but from 1951 so we are looking good under here. Leaf spring suspension is on both the front and rear as are drum brakes. A single exhaust system removes spent fossils efficiently and effectively.

I searched the mess hall, the infirmary, and even his bunk, but I couldn't find hide nor hair of my partner in crime and crack decoder. My best assumption leads me to think he's AWOL with the ladies of the village working on a case of cupid's itch...but I digress...I had to run this mission alone, and thankfully I avoided the strafing runs from a patrolling Messerschmidt BF100. This was not due to luck being on my side, it was mainly due to the good acceleration, bias free braking, and agile handling that kept me on our well-hidden test track. This Willys performed wonderfully and the only non-working item was the fuel gauge, however a new sending unit is included with the purchase.

A very interesting ride and intermix with old school heavy duty military 4WD technology, this does not disappoint. A mostly comfortable interior, a buckboard ride, but high enough off the ground to make it just plain fun to drive. Grab your gear, say a quick prayer with GI Jesus, and ride off to conquer the world on your own.

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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 1951 Willys Jeep
  • Listing ID: CC-1601328
  • Price: $23,500
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1951
  • Make:Willys
  • Model:Jeep
  • Exterior Color:OD Green
  • Interior Color:Olive Green
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:47069
  • Stock Number:3969
  • VIN:451GB110508
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