This Willys M38 was manufactured in March 1952 and was one of approximately 1500 painted Air Force Strata Blue when assembled. The vehicle was stationed at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, GA and received the registration numbers of 52K 6376. The metal top was installed at that time. It served as a contract vehicle operated by Lockheed Corporation in Marietta, GA to be used on Dobbins Air Force Base.
The current owner acquired the vehicle in the mid 1980’s from its first civilian owner. The first owner had utilized the M38 in its Strata Blue colors with a volunteer fire department. Now this M38 is back to its original state as in the 1950’s at Dobbins Air Force Base operated by Lockheed Corporation.
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
Is it original? It is not original as it was 66 plus years ago when it was new but, yes it has been refurbished as original. What this really means is something can only be original once. This is a M38 military Jeep not to be confused as a CJ-3A civilian Jeep used by the military as many people believe. There are many differences: the M38 body, frame, radiator/cooling system, fuel system, gauges, wheels, suspension, electrical & ignition system, brakes, exhaust, and the back seat are different compared to a CJ-3A. So when the work to refurbish the vehicle started, care was taken to keep all the original parts. Going to the parts store was not always easy. Many of the parts for a M38 are unique only to the M38. So when the question is asked “Is it original?”. The answer is yes. This is a M38 Military Jeep. It is not a CJ-3A. It has been refurbished, repaired and rebuilt using original, NOS and reproduction parts.
What is the engine? It is a flathead 4cyl, 134 cu. in., 60hp gasoline engine.
How fast will it run? It is rated for 55mph. Cruising range of 225 miles at 35mph. It cruises well at 47mph.
How much did it cost new? In 1952 its approximate cost was $2500.00. This adjusted for inflation in 2017, cost $25,387.24. This is an increase of 915.5%.
Willys Jeep Life Story – Boyce Mitchell
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