GIs returning from the war were in love with the Jeep, but found that once they got home and raised a family, the rugged little GP was not really a suitable family car. Willys-Overland, recognizing the demand and wanting to keep their burgeoning off-road reputation growing, promptly introduced the Jeepster, a somewhat more civilized version of the military favorite. This 1949 Jeepster delivers on its promise of simplicity and ruggedness, all with a distinctive look that is beloved around the world. Willys-Overland didn''t have the money and hence the tooling to create complex shapes, so the straight sides and simple fenders became a trademark that survives to this day. Despite their more user-friendly nature, these were still tough little trucks and were used as such, so finding clean ones today can be a challenge. This one seems to have been used exclusively as a passenger vehicle all its life, commuting around town and doing grocery shopping, but never neglected. The white paint contrasts neatly with the black insert around the passenger compartment and does a good job of disguising the Jeep''s relatively basic styling. Fit and finish are about what you''d get from the Willys-Overland dealer in 1949 and that''s nothing to be ashamed of, and with a bunch of glittering chrome trim, it certainly looks flashier than its enlisted little brother. Add a jaunty rear-mounted spare, step plates for rear-seat access, and a split windshield, and it''s a wonderful throwback to an simpler era. You can see how Willys-Overland civilized the Jeep inside, where comfortable tan vinyl bench seats replace the canvas-wrapped buckets in the military versions. The passenger''s side flips forward for access to the back seat, just in case you have ladies unwilling to clamor over the gunwales, and once they''re back there they''ll find it comfortable for two and cozy for three. The dash is still basic, with the controls clustered in the center, but the shifter has moved to the steering column as was fashionable at the time, and which also frees up a spot for a third passenger in the middle. Basic rubber floor mats mean it''s still ready to play and doesn''t care about getting dirty, and like the Jeeps of today, weather protection consists of a folding top and precious little else, since roll-up windows were not on the features list. The same rugged, indestructible 134 cubic inch "Go Devil" inline four that GIs used in their GPs can be found under the hood of the Jeepster. It''s not a high-horsepower screamer, but on the other hand it''ll practically run underwater with a tank full of vodka and parts are still easy to find and inexpensive. Combined with the 3-speed manual transmission and a rear end from the wagon version, it feels lively around town and downright nimble on dirt roads where it''s right at home. The engine bay is clean and shows neat details like the hard-hat air cleaner on the 1-barrel carburetor, an accessory oil filter, and the original generator making six volts. A newer exhaust system gives it a characteristic Jeep growl that sounds suitably industrial for the stout little trucklet, and the modest 215/75/15 radials are wrapped around upscale-looking painted steel wheels with trim rings and Willys hubcaps. Fun, open-air motoring with unbeatable reliability and a can-do attitude, this Jeepster is a great alternative to all the usual post-war cruisers. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Dallas/Fort Worth showroom. For more information, please call (817) 764-8000 or toll free (855) 877-2707.