1948 Jeep Jeepster

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1948
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Interior colour 
    Black
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Red
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

1948 WILLYS­ OVERLAND JEEPSTER “VJ2” PHAETON
Designer: Brooke Stevens

Estimate: $26,000 -­ $32,000

Chassis Number: 63­78465
Decoded: 63=HP/Model Designation; 78465=unit sequence
Engine: 134 cid “L-­Head” in­line 4­-cylinder
1­-barrel Carburetor / 63 bhp
3-­Speed Manual Transmission
Four Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Mileage: 23,042

The Model: Willys­ Overland Company has scored big during WWII, having won the contract to produce a little 1⁄4­ton 4X4 that would be known as the Jeep. After the end of WWII, Willys capitalized on its contribution to the war by producing the “CJ” version of the Jeep. In addition to these rugged little vehicles, a line of station wagons and pickup up trucks with available four-wheel drive were created. To help build showroom traffic and build an even larger market, noted stylish Brook Stevens was contracted by Willys to create a sporty looking four­-passenger tourer or phaeton Thus the Jeepster was born. Offered only in rear-­wheel drive versions, the Jeepster brought in a few sales, but drove a lot more foot traffic to the dealerships so that station wagons, truck and later the Aero­Ace line of automobiles. Jeepster helped keep the Willy name alive.

The Car: Brooke Steven’s genius was in the design of the passenger compartment of the Jeepster, and this example shows off his contemporary leadership in styling, plus the workmanship of modern-­day craftsmen who restored it. Finished in period correct shade of red with black accents along the beltline this phaeton has “fun” written all over it. The seats have been done in black pleated vinyl and the new folding black top stores away neatly when down. Under the hood, the little “Go­Devil” four purrs to life at the touch of a button. The engine bay does show a light patina of used, but it is still quite presentable. From the driver’s seat, about the only amenity offered is the instrument cluster which is fresh and bright with all the instruments and gauges easily read. One of the most enjoyable collectibles from America’s immediate post­-time era, this Jeepster belongs in your collection.