Badass 1951 Willys M38 Military Jeep is Mean, Green & On the Scene

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Willys M38 Military Jeep

This Jeep is ready to drive into a combat zone — machine gun and rocket launcher included.

We came across this gem on Worldwide Auctioneers and immediately fell in love. The M38 model was the result of post World War 2 tensions mounting on the Korean Peninsula. The M38 is built upon the commercially successful Willys CJ-3A platform. The chassis was reinforced and the suspension suitably beefed up for hard use before a plethora of military-specific changes and accessories were added.

The windshield could be folded flat and the body gained a towing hook and lifting shackles for the front and rear. The outside step from the CJ-3A was left off to gain some ground clearance and the Axe and shovel were mounted on the side as standard. It also came with a second battery for the waterproof electrical system and larger tires.

Willys M38 Military Jeep Browning 1909

All of that is pretty cool. But this one has a mounted machine gun and a bazooka. It also has a barbed wire cutter, a rifle rack, and an RT-68 Receiver-Transmitter complete with antenna. But, mainly, it has a mounted machine gun and a bazooka. Sadly, the M20 3.5” Super Bazooka comes with two inert rockets and the Browning 1919 machine gun is a replica. Whether the Bazooka and the replica machine gun are fully functioning isn’t mentioned. But, either way, as tempting as it would be to use it as a daily driver that encouraged other drivers to avoid cutting you up or tailgating would probably be frowned upon by local law enforcement.

We’re not sure of its actual monetary value without more details, but value be damned. Somebody has gone to a lot of trouble to preserve this piece of American military history. Also, did we mention it has a machine gun and a bazooka?

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Ian Wright has been a professional writer for two years and is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum, Jaguar Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

His obsession with cars started young and has left him stranded miles off-road in Land Rovers, being lost far from home in hot hatches, going sideways in rallycross cars, being propelled forward in supercars and, more sensibly, standing in fields staring at classic cars. His first job was as a mechanic and then trained as a driving instructor before going into media production.

The automotive itch never left though, and he realized writing about cars is his true calling. However, that doesn’t stop him from also hosting the Both Hand Drive podcast.

Ian can be reached at [email protected]

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