1952 Willys CJ-3A Jeep

Sale Price
$35,000 - $50,000
Est. Range
15 October 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Unrestored original
Broad Arrow Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 451GB117583. Dark red with gray cloth top over gray vinyl. 134/60hp L-head four, 3-speed, 4-wheel drive, heater, single sidemount spare, half and full top with side curtains, dump trailer, Newton sickle bar mower, snow plow, front and rear power takeoffs, rear belt pulley drive, Ramsey winch, Timken circular saw.

Evaluation: Bought new by Arthur Knorr, producer of the Milton Berle show, Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Sparsely used but fully accessorized for rural property maintenance. Most of those accessories are unused and still have their original tags. New wheels and tires (originals included.) Worn, scratched beyond its claimed 1732 miles, but mostly untouched.

Bottom Line: This Jeep and its many accessories were purchased at Auburn Spring in 2013 for $30,250 and it brought slightly more here. It is a curiosity and fully kitted out with its various accessories mounted would make an eye-catching display, especially at a Jeep dealer, particularly at this modest price.

by Rick Carey
21 October 2022
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Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
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Parts car.
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