Don’t Call It A Lemon: 1949 Willys Jeepster Phaeton

Willys-Overland Motors returned to civilian car production after the war with a stylish thing called the Jeepster. The roofless Jeepster was technically the last Phaeton (topless car with zero weather protection — but it appears that most Jeepsters today have tops that are dealer or aftermarket created pieces) to be built by an American automaker. They always look like an interesting way to get into an unusual classic. Find this 1949 Willys Jeepster Phaeton offered for $13,950 in Kingman, AZ via craigslist.

From the seller:

1949 willys jeepster
condition: good
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 1000000
odometer rolled over
paint color: yellow
size: mid-size
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: convertible


1949 Willys Jeep Jeepster Overland. Older amateur restoration of a rare (2900 made in 1949) phaeton body style, and then stored for decades. Runs and drives. Steering and brakes very good. Typical 6 volt system with “foot pedal” starter. 3 speed on the tree, column shift. Engine is later OHV 4 cylinder (possibly a Hurricane 4), Gas gauge seems stuck and there is an after market oil pressure gauge added. Top is in good condition and interior redone in a nice tweed (doesn’t get hot in the sun). Great around town but does get hot when long driving in the desert heat. (if you are as old as this car you will remember the canvas water bags that were standard equipment way back when). A fun and rare everyday grocery getter. Put the wrenches away you can drive it around today. Drive as is now but I would do a carburetor kit and a radiator flush because of long term storage. Miles are unknown. I am selling this too build a hot rod and this is too nice to rod. Clean title in my name. asking $13,950 Thank you.

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