The Jeepster was produced by Willys-Overland from 1948 to 1950. It was developed to fill a gap in the company’s product line, crossing over from their “utilitarian” proto SUV and trucks to the passenger automobile market. The new model included numerous deluxe features and interior fittings in addition to a high level of standard equipment that cost extra on other automobiles. A total of almost 20,000 were manufactured. The car was only offered with rear wheel drive, thus limiting its appeal to typical Jeep customers. Its distinctive boxy styling and performance were praised by automotive journalists. However, the Jeepster did not catch on with the intended market segment. Sales were also limited by sparse advertising and an insufficient dealer network. The Jeepster’s I-4 engine was rated at 63 hp (47 kW; 64 PS) and coupled to a Borg-warner T-96 3-speed manual transmission with Overdrive unit as standard. The Planadyne single transverse leaf spring independent front suspension, entire drivetrain, front end, rear suspension, steering, and four-wheel drum brakes were from the Willys Wagon. The flat-topped rear fenders were taken from the Jeep truck line.
This example from Southern California was restored approximately 15 years ago. It was professionally repainted in maroon inside and out. Nicely detailed even under the hood and engine compartment. It still shows very nice