A Well-Rounded Jeep

Badly damaged in an accident, this 1954 M38A1 presented Mike Scorer with a restoration challenge

Above the M38A1’s rounded fender sits a black-out light while small sidelights sit underneath the headlights and either side of the grille

Those of us growing up in the 1970s may remember the popular television series M*A*S*H which gave a light-hearted take on the very real challenges facing the US Army in the 1950s. Between the laughs, the M*A*S*H motor pool reflected, often accurately, the story of the Korean War through the vehicles of the time. One vehicle stood out; a smart, new, satin-finished Jeep with round fenders, fit to transport a visiting general to the show in the episode, ‘Welcome to Korea’ and which the cast pinched and drove around for larks. This was the M38A1, for Willys a radical new look for the post-World War Two era.

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