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1950 Willys Jeepster

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When Willys-Overland was looking for a hit to save the company, designer Brooks Stevens domesticated the military-grade Jeep and created the Jeepster. Built for only three years, the Jeepster combined the rugged good looks and versatility of the Jeep with a more pavement-friendly chassis and additional creature comforts. This 1950 Jeepster still looks like fun after all these years, and embodies all that made the Jeep endearing: durability, affordability, and economy. With a jaunty 5-passenger open body, the Jeepster was made for a cruise to the beach. There's clearly Jeep DNA in there, but that was more out of necessity than design, since Willys-Overland's tooling couldn't make complex, deep-draw fenders, so the flat ones had to suffice. Fortunately, the design totally worked, and in the case of this bright red Jeepster, works rather well. This is an older restoration that is showing its age, but that only means that you can have fun without worries. In fact, finding one of these in perfectly polished, immaculate condition actually works against the Jeepster's inherent nature. So when you see a scratch here or some tired paint there, well, it's part of the deal-have you ever come home from a day at the beach sparkling clean? Of course not, so why should the Jeepster be any different? And if the weather does happen to turn on you, there's a canvas top that's easy to fold and erect, and may even be this Jeepster's original item. With a longer wheelbase, the Jeepster happily carries you and four buddies. The seats have a jaunty plaid pattern that's totally right for the era, although not exactly correct for this car. Red carpets add an air of sophistication that the Jeep never had, and chrome-rimmed door panels are a nice touch that tie the car to the pavement rather than the mud. The gauges are in the center of the dash, Jeep-style, an AM radio, and with 3-on-the-tree shifting, there's lots of room up front. Yeah, it's basic but that's wholly intentional and if you don't think it's cool, then a Jeepster probably isn't for you anyway. But if you do get it, you can easily imagine yourself behind that big wheel and heading out to have an adventure or two, and doing it with more comfort than you'd get in a standard Jeep. That's just cool. The Jeepster's standard engine was the "Hurricane" four, which belted out a whopping 72 horsepower in 1950. Although it doesn't seem like much, the Jeepster is light and quite honestly, speed isn't the mission. It is thrifty and reliable, and emits a pleasant grumble from the exhaust. The mechanical bits are basic and rugged, and it appears that there's a fresh carburetor atop this one. It starts easily and drives well, and thanks to the Jeep-derived suspension, it feels firm and confident going down the road. New 235/75/15 whitewall radials look right and are fitted to the original wheels. Fun and reasonably priced, it's impossible to buy more attention for less money than this Jeepster. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Charlotte showroom. For more information, please call (704) 598-2130 or toll free (866) 542-8392.

Reference Number 203948

as of 11/29/2012

Car 1950 Willys Jeepster
VIN 473VJ12377 
Mileage 83,200 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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