1952 Willys M38-A1

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Produced between 1952 and 1971, the M38-A1 was the first vehicle to feature the round fender design. Following the retirement of the M38 model, the M38-A1 was re-designed featuring a contoured hood, a two- piece windshield, top mounted windshield wipers, powered by the new “Hurricane” F-head engine and a Warner T90 transmission. The M38-A1, like the M38, was also recognized for its small frame and suspension. With reversed spring shackles, military instruments, and a 24-volt electrical system, the M38-A1 was a strong military work horse that was frequently fitted with a machine gun. The M38-A1 was very durable in war and subsequently offered longevity in military service. In all, 101,488 units were produced, some of which went for export.


  • Round fender design
  • Contoured hood
  • Two- piece windshield
  • Top mounted windshield wipers
  • Powered by “Hurricane” F- Head engine
  • Warner T90 Transmission
Manufacturer Willys
Production 101,488 built
Engine Options Hurricane engine, 72 hp & 114 ft./lbs. torque
Transmission Options T90, 3 speed manual transmission
Transfer Case Spicer 18
Rear Axle Spicer 44-2, 5.38 ratio
Front Axle Spicer 25 or Spicer 27, 5.38 ratio
Wheelbase 81 in
Length 138.6 in.
Width 61 in.
Height 73.75 in.
Curb Weight 2,660 lbs.
  • Client: 1952 Willys M38-A1
  • Filed under: Military