This was the first appearance of the "round-fender" Jeep that would
eventually become the CJ-5. The M38A1 was quite different than the
CJ-5, having a stronger chassis and reversed front spring shackles, in
addition to the military accoutrements such as standardized GI
instruments and 24-volt electricals. Some 101,488 units were produced
by Willys during the 50's, some of which went for export. Even after
the high-tech Ford M151 went into production in 1959, the U.S. Marine
Corps and Navy ordered additional A1's from 1960-64, and 18,543 more
were built by Kaiser through 1968, according to AMC records. The rig in
the photo is owned by George Baxter at Army Jeep Parts in Bristol,
Also on The CJ3B Page, see Willys Model MD and NEKAF Jeeps in the Netherlands -- 7,000 Dutch-built M38A1's.
Return to the Pictorial History of the Universal Jeep or the Universal Jeep Timeline, 1942-1986 on The CJ3B Page.
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