There is nothing more rugged then a Willys Jeep, especially a ’50s one with some patina. This 1953 Willys CJ3B is almost completely original and has acquired a some battle scars over the years. If you’re into off-roading or just want a beast to drive around, this CJ3B is located in Van Nuys, CA and is listed on eBay with a starting bid of $1,000.
The CJ series was the civilian version of the infamous Willys Military Jeep used by Allied forces during WWII. The Civilian Jeeps were built to be just as tough as the Military version, making them very tough vehicles and capable off-roaders.
The CJ interiors are very simple, just like their Military counterparts. This one looks very original and everything is in operable. This truck has some surface rust on the floors, but nothing serious. We would just clean it up and treat it, so it doesn’t get any worse.
The CJ3B was the first CJ Jeep to use the Willys Hurricane F4-134 4-cylinder engine. The 2.2 liter straight-4 produced 75 hp and 114 pounds of torque, which is plenty to pull this bare bones vehicle around. The introduction of the F4-134 engine required the CJ3B to have a taller grill and hood, which only increased the rugged and tough appearance of the vehicle.
This Jeep might not be a valuable as the earlier CJ series Jeeps, but this Jeep would still be a blast to crawl around in. The current seller is a Toyota Land Cruiser specialist and has gone over this Jeep pretty well, so we trust that it should be a solid runner.