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M38/CJ-3A Jeep 1/4 Ton 4x4

Utility Truck


Country of Origin/Used by: USA (but used by many other countries and irregular forces)
First Produced/Service Dates: 1950-1952 - US Military; 1953-1955 - For Military Export
Manufactured by: Willys-Overland Company
Crew: 1+3
Armament: Varied by Mission: (1) .30 cal/7.62mm LMG, or (1) .50 cal/12.7mm HMG. 
Engine: 4 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: The M38 (AKA: Willys MC) was actually the militarized version of Willys' civilian CJ-3A vehicles. Although the M38 looks very similar to the famed World War Two era Willys MB/Ford GPW Jeep it was a new vehicle with many improvements added.  Used by the US Military only briefly from 1950 through 1952, it was replaced by the M38A1 series. 

However, the basic design soldiered on much later with other countries as the CJ-3B/M606.  The most notable change with the CJ-3B was that it was equipped with a newer F-head engine and necessary higher hood.  After Willys stopped producing the CJ-3B's, they were were licensed produced by many companies including Canada's Ford Motor Company (M38 CDN), France's Hotchkiss et Cie. (M201) and India's Mahindra & Mahindra, Ltd.
Data Sheet Available: None Available


Reference Source/Provider
   CJ-3A Jeep? Photo (Congo) Dave Haugh - Content Edito
M38 CDN (Canadian) Jeep Photos Don Allen - Ottawa, Canada
M38 Jeep Photos [Photos from the First (US Infantry) Division Museum at Cantigny Park- Wheaton, Illinois USA] Patrick Keenan - Editor
M38 Jeep Photos (Photos from the Russell Military Museum - Russell, Illinois USA) Patrick Keenan
    M38/CJ-3A Jeep Photos (Israeli Defense Forces Vehicle) Robert Goldman, Kfar Saba, Israel

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
M38 Jeep Information and Photos CJ-3A.Com
M38 Jeep Information and Photos CJ-3A.Info
M38 Jeep Information and Photos M38A1.com Website
M38 Jeep Information and Photos Olive Drab.Com Website
M38 Radio Jeep Photos by Michael Benolkin Cybermodeler.Com Website
M38 Jeep Photos by Don Busack Prime Portal


Reference Author
  "Jeep on the Cheap" (June 2018 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) John Carroll
"M38 Jeep: King of the Jeeps?" (June 2006 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Craig Macho
U.S. Military Wheeled Vehicles Fred W. Crismon

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
M38 Conversion Set (242) Plus Models 1/35 Resin; For Tamiya and Italeri Model kits

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