M-38A1 Military Jeep

The M-38A1 was an entirely new post-WW II jeep, even though it was numbered as a variant of the M38 jeep.

U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) and Major General Ben Sternberg, Commander, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), standing in M-38A1 jeep during a rainstorm at a ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, 23 July 1966
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) and Major General Ben Sternberg, Commander, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), standing in M-38A1 jeep during a rainstorm at a ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, 23 July 1966.

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Description of the M38A1 Jeep (G-758)

M38A1 jeep used by the 88th Trans Co. in Vietnam. (Mike Suckow)  Photo courtesy of Frank Suha, from the book The Hard Ride; Vietnam Gun Trucks.
M38A1 jeep used by the 88th Trans Co. in Vietnam. (Mike Suckow) Photo courtesy of Planet Art Publishing, from the book Hard Ride- Vietnam Gun Trucks (Volume 2) . See also Hard Ride- Vietnam Gun Trucks (Volume 1) .

The M38A1 was the military improvement upon the M38 Jeep, introduced in 1952. It was a new design, known internally at Willys as the MD, not just a modification of the M38. It featured rounded front fenders, a contoured hood, two-piece windshield, top-mounted windshield wipers, and a new "Hurricane" F-Head engine.

The M-38A1 closely resembled the CJ-5 civilian model jeep. It differed from the CJ-5 in that it had a stronger frame and suspension, reversed front spring shackles, standardized M-series instruments and electrical accessories, with a 24-volt electrical system.

The M38A1 was manufactured by Willys, and had an F-head, 4-cycle, 4-cylinder engine. It had a crew of one and could carry three passengers.

The model M38A1C was modified as a platform for the 106mm recoilless rifle.

Photos and more information are available on the M-38A1 Jeep page of the Olive-Drab Military Vehicle Identification Charts.

Find additional photos and hi-res versions of the M38A1 military jeep at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup.

Internet Resources for the M38 or M38A1 Jeeps

The M38A1 jeeps that were built for the U.S. Army (and used by all the armed services) are very popular with collectors due to their reasonable size, ready availability of parts, and great off-road capabilities. There are many websites and forums devoted to the M38 and M38A1 jeep, some of the best collected on the linked page.

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