‘Nelly Belle II’ Jeep celebrates TV ride

Pick of the Day is a 1946 Willys Jeep that was part of Roy Rogers museum display

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Nelle Belle II was on display in Rogers museum in Branson, Missouri

Those of a certain age remember watching the Roy Rogers Show on television, and some might even be old enough to remember when Roy Rogers and company made Western movies. Part of that company was Rogers’ wife, Dale Evans. Another part was their sidekick, Pat Brady. 

Frustrated by the mule he was riding, Brady opted instead for “Nellybelle,” a 1946 Willys Jeep CJ-2A. The Pick of the Day is Nelly Belle II, a 1946 Willys Jeep offered for sale on ClassicCars.com by its private owner in North Scottsdale, Arizona.

“This is the Jeep that sat on display in the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Branson Museum for many years!” the seller says in advertisement. “It comes with all the documents and COA’s and original museum title signed by Roy Rogers Jr. 

“The Jeep runs and drives well and (is a) lot of fun to enjoy around town and would certainly be the pinnacle of any Roy Rogers or Western collection!”

Nelly Belle II is gray in color and has a manual transmission. 

The vehicle is offered for $29,500. To view this listing, see Pick of the Day.

Hagerty reports that the original Jeep used on the television show sold at auction for $116,500 in 2010 and at another auction in 2018 for $38,400.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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  1. I am old enough to remember the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans show. If I remember right Nelliebelle was driven by Pat Buttrum. That was a long time ago so I’m probably wrong, but that’s what seems to come to mind. Mr. Buttrum also played on other shows as well. He played Mr. Haney on Green Acres.
    John

  2. Nope, John. Larry is right. Pat Brady was the skinny guy that drove Nellybelle in the Roy Rogers films.
    Me and my sixguns were there every Sat, afternoon. I still have them.

    Pat Buttram was the fat con man Mr. Haney character with the high scratchy voice on Green Acres.

  3. I don’t remember the doors being on the jeep. I also remember Roy and Dale riding in the jeep with Dale sitting on Roy’s lap.
    I was a detail kid even back then, I’d get my ear twisted when I quoted things my Mom had said when I used the statement in my defense! Not that I ever deserved the ear twist and Shush!!

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