For Sale: 1950 Willys Jeepster in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1950 Willys Jeepster

Tracking the design history of today's sport utility vehicle is something few will consider thinking about for the next several decades. For many, there's nothing "sporty" about them; they're just gas-sucking behemoths that get the kids from school to soccer practice and back to the house in time for the latest microwave dinner. Jeep, though guilty of manufacturing such uninspiring machines today, once had a very different vision of the sport utility. As evidence we present the Jeepster, first introduced to the public on April 3, 1948, as a sporty vehicle that a growing family could have fun with.

For consignment, a 1950 Jeepster that is a two-wheel-drive convertible designed by Brooks Stevens. Stevens and Willys hoped that returning World War II GIs would scoop up these fun-loving drop-tops as soon as they rolled off the assembly line. They are perhaps one of the most overlooked, but interesting vehicles in the storied off-road maker's past: a sporty automobile rather than an off-road vehicle, never offered with four-wheel drive or in any commercial guises during the four-year stint. This open bodied car, an ever-increasing rarity as the Fifties reared its head-also has a spot in history as the last true phaeton offered by a major manufacturer. This restored example is now rust free and sits upon a late model Buick chassis and is a must see for any Jeep aficionado.

The beneficiary of a full restoration, all rust is gone, and new steel replaces problem areas. A beautiful beige now covers these panels, which are fairly straight, and have good gaps. Taking over for the fenders is a deep dark hue of denim blue which accentuates the beige nicely. Chrome is all polished and shiny with no signs of deterioration and the bumpers are finished in silver. A nicely preserved chromed "T" bar front grille sets off the standard jeep looking front of this truck? A chromed front split window surround goes nicely with dark beige frame and the new tan colored convertible top is complete with a plastic rear window. The upper part of this vehicle is also painted dark beige to add a nice contrast to the beige and blue and frames the top. Chromed blue and red center badged "W" dog dish wheel covers with just a hint of black painted steel wheels underneath showing, are wrapped with thin whites. At the back of this vehicle is an additional hanging spare tire. Interestingly, the silver rear bumper does not sport the Willys Overlander script, which prior to the end of the run they were stopped by a lawsuit form the federal government by being sued over the use of Overlander? Nice black step-up plates aid the passengers designed for the rear of this vehicle and are embedded right into the body.

A bit of a climb up the black steps in front of the rear fender, then on the top of the fender, but it will be worth it, as this is a really fun driver. The front seats are now dark blue cloth high back buckets with body hugging smooth bolsters and tuck and roll inserts and in back is the original bench seat covered in blue vinyl. Doors are painted in body matching beige, and have a blue padded vinyl panel screwed on to them. The metal dash has been wrapped in padded blue vinyl for not only the top but also the face and has a late model black rectangular dash insert with the gauge cluster. A late model tan steering column with a blue padded wheel and tan wrapped rim fronts the dash. Beautiful sandy tan carpeting is shown throughout and looks just fab.

Floating within a lightly patinaed engine bay is the 3.8 liter V6 courtesy of the fine folks at Buick. It is finished in traditional blue with chrome accenting for the air cleaner. A bevy of hoses and wires grace this engine bay and we note that a 12-volt conversion was performed as well as the addition of electric windshield wipers. A 2-barrel carburetor sits proudly under the chrome air cleaner and a 3-speed Turbo Hydramatic 350 automatic transmission is on the back. Way in the back is a Dana 23 4.88 gear ratio axle.

Very clean, virtually rust free, and any repairs were made under here, it is hard to spot them. A sturdy late model Buick frame from either a G-body or A-body helps with the overall structural stability with the lack of a solid top. Independent coil springs up front for the suspension and leaf springs on the rear, meanwhile power disc and drum brakes are installed respectively. A stock style single exhaust handles the exhale from the Buick mill and looks nearly new.

As a previous consigner with one of these Willys said: "pump the xxxx! out of the accelerator, choke it and it will start". So, I used this exact procedure, but it was unnecessary thanks to the electronic ignition and automatic choke. The engine rolled right over, idled very smoothly, and off we went. Drives great, and the top down was an extra bonus. It will not take your toupee off, but it will get you there with ease as the Buick mill makes much more power than the original Go-Devil 4-cylinder. It handled well to boot and was most definitely a fun drive that will turn heads.

A wonderful piece of automotive history, all buttoned up on the body work and fully updated on the undercarriage and driveline. Not to mention the spacious and comfortable interior, this snazzy little post war pre SUV Jeepster is simply a blast...from the past.

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
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

  • 1950 Willys Jeepster
  • Listing ID: CC-1629846
  • Price: $26,900
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1950
  • Make:Willys
  • Model:Jeepster
  • Exterior Color:Beige
  • Interior Color:Blue
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:499
  • Stock Number:4263
  • VIN:46379740
Listed By:
Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

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