Pick of the Day: Barn-found Willys-Overland Jeep pickup truck

This 1949 model has been restored after spending 29 years in storage

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Pick of the Day is this 1949 4x4 pickup truck that was restored after 29 years in a barn

Vintage pickup trucks and vintage 4x4s are hot commodities in the collector car world and the Pick of the Day fits into both categories. It is a 1949 Willys-Overland Jeep 4×4 pickup truck.

“A true barn find,” notes the private seller, who adds, “I purchased the vehicle from a farmer who had the Willy stored in a barn for over 29 years.  He never registered the vehicle.  He only used it for taking pictures with his grandchildren during Christmas and to go fishing on his cattle farm.”

The seller said the truck has been restored “to its original glory.” 

In 1949, Jeep’s Willys-Overland trucks were marketed as “a truck for the modern farmer” and “the biggest news in the medium-duty field.” Advertisements noted that the trucks, built on a 118-inch wheelbase, were Willys-Overland’s first attempt to diversify the Jeep brand “beyond the short-wheelbase flat fender” 104-inch wheelbase of the station wagon and Jeepster and the 80-inch wheelbase of the civilian CJ.

Among other things, the truck has been rewired converted to an alternator and 12-volt electrical system with a new battery and has had its brakes serviced with new parts. A new starter and solenoid have been installed.

The interior has custom birch paneling and the wood in the truck bed has been removed, sanded and re-stained.

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The truck has its original flathead-4 engine, a 3-speed on the steering column gear shift, with high and low levers for its 4-wheel-drive system. It also features power take off for operating auxiliary equipment.

The truck is in Ioxahatchee, Florida, and is being offered for $24,999.

To see this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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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.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Larry, the wife and I were just talking about that same vehicle the other day and what it might be worth I guessed and I was low, I didn’t taketThe fact that it was a pick up same vehicle on the television show mountain men were the owner of a pick up same as that but he built a wooden box on the back of it and carried his hunting dogs around with a great show

    • I had a1963 a few years back, did a body on restore with a 1953 blue flame 6 in it. That thing could climb a tree! Sold it to a young guy who was taking it back out to the farm and work it for another 40 years. I miss it but recently bought a west coast 1953 f 100. Seems to be the cure. That one is a Beaty though. JK

  2. Oh man, I want this truck so bad. It is beautiful. This is a TRUCK not some lowered
    aberration. This is a TRUCK.
    Pure American ingenuity and
    rugged beauty.

  3. What a beautiful Willy’s TRUCK.
    I am the 2nd owner of a 1969 Jeepster Commander – restored 10 yrs ago and painted BRG (British Racing Green) (have had two MGB’s – both BRG) – but have enjoyed my Jeepster for 32 yrs – only in the summer on sunny days.
    Great job with the TRUCK ….. enjoy !!

  4. PS: For those of you traveling Northwest Michigan on M-119 (Tunnel of Trees) and would like to SEE my
    69 Jeepster Commando – stop & visit the Good Hart Store (goodhartstore.com).
    Ask for Jim – see the Jeep & get a free Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter COOKIE !
    See you then ……..

  5. Is this Willy still available, my grandfather had one in up state NY during the 50-60s. I am retired military and really looking for one

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