For information on current selling prices, see further down this page.
Patrick Foster's Standard Catalog of Jeep 1940-2003 lists the following base prices for the CJ-3B in the U.S. from 1953-65:
1953-54 $1377 1955 $1411 1956 $1503 1957 $1799 1958-60 $1888 1961 $1890 1962 $1960 1963 $2015 1964-65 $2117
The 1953 price of US$1377 is confirmed in Harry Shank's 1953 sales agreement (120K JPEG) from Burbank, California.
A 1954 CJ-3B was sold in Inglewood, California for $1740.00 according to the original bill of sale (30K GIF).
The invoice for a 1961 model (70K GIF) sold in New Jersey looked like this:
1 CJ-3B Jeep Universal red $2049.65
1 oil bath air cleaner $ 14.23
1 oil filter $ 12.25
1 heater & defroster $ 83.94
1 directional signals $ 26.81
1 front canvas top $ 100.53
1 freight $ 54.16
1 drawbar -- no charge
A 1965 invoice from Texas (70K JPEG) shows a good price of $2000.
The CJ-3B was also sold in a farm version (priced at $1439 in 1953) and as a fire truck, or a stripped-down chassis for specialty vehicles.
Agricultural options included:
See a price list of agricultural implements, c.1954 (35K GIF.)
Industrial equipment options included:
Bart McNeil did this analysis of CJ-3B selling prices posted to an online Flatfender Price Board before mid-2001:
"The Flatfender Price Board now has approximately 80 entries so I thought I would do my own analysis of CJ-3B sales. I disqualified 2A's and 3A's from my analysis and I also disqualified any 3B with a non-3B engine, based on probable alterations and the fact that I would regard these as "engineless" vehicles. No preference given as to year; one 3B is as good as any other. The total number of 3B's surveyed was 29. I assigned these categories:
Category A: Excellent or close to excellent condition (9 vehicles)
Category B: Work needed but generally operable, a good candidate for restoration (10 vehicles)
Category C: Serious work needed to being it up to acceptable condition for restoration (5 vehicles)
Category D: Major work needed or good for parts vehicle (5 vehicles)
"I would guess that category D is skewed by the fact that someone buying a 3B for parts might not bother to enter the info in the survey. The categories are of course mine, and others would interpret them differently. In my view the above is interesting, but has no real surprises." -- Bart
Jim Allen's Illustrated Classic 4x4s Buyer's Guide (1997) lists these suggested prices for a CJ-3B of any year, in the following conditions:
|Restorable vehicle but rough
|Good overall and fairly complete
|Restoration or outstanding original
A 1998 issue of the bimonthly Old Cars Price Guide - The Definitive Publication for Enthusiasts, Collectors, and Dealers (from Krause Publications, 1-800-258-0929) gives the following prices for 1955-62 CJ-3B's, with 53-54 models and post-62 models going for slightly less:
Patrick Foster's Standard Catalog of Jeep 1940-2003 (also from Krause Publications) gives the following values for 1953-62 CJ-3B's, with 1963-65 models about 15% less. The higher figures here perhaps represent inflation in the value of collectible automobiles generally in recent years.
|1953-62 parts car (weathered, wrecked or stripped)
|1953-62 good (driveable)
|1953-62 excellent (95+ points show car)
Thanks to Bart. Also to John McClenathen and Chet Couvillon for the invoices from their grandfathers' Jeeps, and Glenn Byron for the implement price list.
-- Derek Redmond
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