1950 Willys JeepsterSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $25,000 - $35,000

$44,000 Sold

Specifications:
72hp, 148.5 cu. in. L-head inline “Lightning Six”-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, transverse leaf spring suspension, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 104"

Not long after taking service, the Army felt the Jeep was showing capabilities and adaptability beyond the scope of its original concept as a reconnaissance car and would be needed in far greater quantities than the few thousand originally contemplated. By the end of the war, Willys had produced 362,841 of its final MB version, while Ford built 277,896 of the Willys designed GPW (General Purpose Willys.) Beloved by millions of GIs, General George C. Marshall spoke on behalf of all servicemen when he called the Jeep “America’s greatest contribution to modern warfare.”

After World War II, Willys decided to resume its civilian production by releasing a series of Jeep-based vehicles. Choosing this course of action set Willys apart from most other automobile manufacturers, who instead simply picked up where they had left off in 1941. This was a smart move on Willy’s part, not only because it required minimal retooling, but also because thousands upon thousands of returning servicemen were fiercely loyal to the Jeep.

The two-door Jeepster, introduced in 1948 was designed by Brooks Stevens during the war and built using the same chassis as the Jeep station wagon. Even with an unmistakably Jeep front end, its styling was sporty, with such cues as cut down upper edges on the doors, inspired by the little roadsters coming out of the UK.

Slightly updated for 1950, the new Jeepster had a revised grille, a new center-gauge dashboard design and a wraparound rear bumper. Mechanically, the Jeepster was still available with either an inline four or a six-cylinder engine and optional overdrive.

The all black 1950 Jeepster presented here is one of only 1,778 examples originally fitted with a six-cylinder engine. An original Texas car, it was in admirable condition when it began its full restoration, which was completed in 2002. With 72 horsepower and overdrive, it is reported by the vendor that this Jeepster is a very fit running and driving example.

Reference Number 7375

as of 2/20/2007

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Car 1950 Willys Jeepster
VIN 673VJ11214 
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