The first Jeepster picture was taken in 1959. It shows the 1949 Jeepster my parents bought from a good friend (therefore the price was right) because my dad had to frequently take the family car out of town on business leaving my mom with four kids who needed to get to the local lake beach during school summer vacation so they didn’t drive her nuts. The kids (left to right) are my sister Kris (age 15), myself (16), sister Karen (10) and brother Fred (8). Also, I had my driver’s license and Kris would get hers in a few months, so there was the pressure of two teen-age drivers. Our family kept the Jeepster for about 10 years, and I taught my high school girlfriend (future wife) to drive a stick shift in that Jeepster (OK, she may have already known how to drive a stick, but you know the routine).
The Jeepster was the most fun I had driving a car, and it was always in the back of my mind. Then early in 2011 when I began to seriously look for a similar car, I put an ad in the Jeepster news looking for a yellow 1949 Jeepster in good enough condition to drive from where it was now back to St. Paul, Minnesota. I got a response from Chris and Bea Northcott in Franklin, Indiana, flew down there, kicked the tires, and drove it the 650 miles back to Minnesota. The second Jeepster picture was taken 52 years after the first with the same four Osten siblings who appeared in the 1959 picture. It’s a stock car and so far has been in two car shows, one parade, at several picnics, lunches & suppers, and frequently at the local golf driving range with my grandson.
– I bought it to drive it.
Kaiser Willys Jeep Blog Story – Ev Osten
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