A YOUTHFUL AND SPORTY CONVERTIBLE
The Jeepster (VJ) was the last phaeton-style open-bodied vehicle made by a U.S. automaker, using side curtains for weather protection instead of roll-down windows. Brooks Stevens, the famous Willys-Overland designer, had intended the Jeepster to be a low-priced American sports car. Eventually it price out at around $1,900, which was at the time fabulously expensive.
Marketed as a sports car, the performance was somewhat lacking–hence the lower sales numbers. The Jeepster, unlike the CJ-2A, was promoted as a vehicle suitable for women drivers and college grads. Many suburban drivers used the Jeepster as a "sunshine" only, or secondary car. Originally offered with the "Go-Devil" engine, it was eventually fitted with the 161 cubic-inch six-cylinder "Hurricane" engine, but never offered in four-wheel drive.
Of late, the Jeepster has become a certified collectible and has been deemed a Milestone car. In 1971, British glam-rock group T. Rex paid tribute to the Jeepster in a song of the same name, singing "Girl, I'm just a Jeepster for your love" on their hit album Electric Warrior.
The original Jeepster (VJ) was first released to the public on April 3, 1948. Offered only in rear-wheel drive, the vehicle had some trouble gaining traction with traditional Willys customers. The 1948 Jeepster was powered by the “Go Devil” 62 hp, 134 cu in straight-4 engine, with 3-speed manual transmission (with optional overdrive), drum brakes, a single transverse leaf spring suspension and rear driveline similar to what was used in the Willys Station Wagon at the time. With rear fenders like those used on the Willys Truck, the Jeepster, while appreciated by design critics, but failed to translate accolades into real sales.
Still, the Jeepster was produced in the following year (1949), this time with the option of the six-cylinder Lightning L-148 engine, and in 1950, received a few modifications to the hood and grille. 1950 also offered new engine options for the VJ, including both the F-134 “Hurricane” engine and the L-161 “Lightning” engine. Unfortunately, due to lackluster marketing efforts, and competition in the passenger car market, the Jeepster was phased out completely in 1950, with a few leftover models sold under the 1951 model year, and was never produced again, though its design was revived in 1966 in the form of the Jeepster Commando .
Just Received Complete Service Of New Suspension And Brake System
Smooth Running 6 Cylinder 148 cid Overhead Valve With Single Barrel Carburetor
Open Element Air Cleaner
Chrome Valve Cover
3 Speed Manual Transmission With Overdrive
Dual Functioning Spotlights
Electric Wiper System
Heater With Defroster
Clarion AM/FM/Cassette Radio With Speakers In Kick Panels And Side Of Rear Compartment
Rear Mounted Spare Tire
Aftermarket Gauge Package
12 Volt Conversion
Back Up Lights
A Few Parade Options Were Added On Under-hood: A SURE SHOW STOPPER...
Music Box With Speaker
6 Air Horn Setup
Bells And Whistles Along With A Mechanical Siren
Very Nice Clean TUNISIAN RED Paint
Clean And Nice Red Vinyl Interior
White Convertible Vinyl Top With Clear Plastic Rear Window
Side Curtain Pouch Mounted On Rear Folding Seat
New Coker White Wall Radial Tires Mounted On Body Color Solid Steel Wheels With Chrome Trim Rings And Bay Caps
Worldwide Enclosed Door To Door Transportation / Financing Available