Fighting Fires! ’53 M38A1 With Under 4,000 Miles!


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Here’s a 1953 Willys Jeep with only 3,641 actual miles! We can guess a lot of the story based on the fire equipment–I’m guessing it pretty much sat around for years running a few fire calls, and then was put out to pasture. It’s located in Seabrook, Texas (could that be the Seabrook Volunteer Fire Department?) and is up for sale here on eBay. Bidding starts at $200, but you can buy it now for $6,850 if you want it right away!


Here’s the business end of the Jeep. This is an M38A1 version. The seller says the body is in good shape with just a few dents and dings.


Now this is truly a rustic looking driver’s compartment! There is a set of seats with new seat covers included, as well as some other NOS parts.


One of the interesting things about this Jeep is that it was never registered for the road! I guess you didn’t have to in the fire service? The engine ran when they took it off the road–so what do you think about this low-mileage little find?

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  1. Van

    I’m going to show my boss
    It’s HOME DEPOT orange

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  2. Fred W.

    Hope whoever buys it and restores it embraces the fire dept. heritage rather than the usual military garb.

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    • Van

      I agree, put forest fire materials on it.
      Polish the paint but don’t repaint.
      Forest fire fighters need to be honored too.
      Talk about un-sung heroes.
      No silly bears hear, just men doing what needs doing.

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  3. Red'sResto

    I agree with Van. I’d leave it as is. Way cooler and more likely to draw attention then painting it olive drab. I’d get it running, and the new seat covers, and drive it.

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  4. Dave Wright

    I bought an earlier version MB from the Golden Gate national cemitary a decade ago. It had ben sent there when new and collected 12,000 miles since. They had not used it for years, it was in great shape. There are still a lot of fun old machines yet to be sold by the government around.

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  5. Roger

    I hope the data plates are located somewhere with the Jeep. The plates are located behind the grab bar on the right of the dash, but that and the patent plate behind the pass. seat are the only indication of serial number and some helpful delivery date information.

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