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1959 Willys Jeep Utility Station Wagon 4x4 4wd western high desert barn find NR

1959 Jeep Wagoneer Willys Utility Wagon

Condition: Used
Make: Jeep
Model: Wagoneer
Trim: Willys Utility Wagon
Year: 1959
Mileage: 999999
VIN: 54168*******
Engine: 226 Super Hurricane
Vehicle Title: Clean
Item location: Wolf Creek, Montana, United States

Description for Jeep Wagoneer 1959

For Sale: 1959 Willys Jeep Utility Wagon from the high desert of Montana. I purchased this Jeep from the estate of a lifelong friend who passed away a little over 3 years ago. He was a former Army Ranger, Green Beret, and career law enforcement officer. This Willys was his baby, purchased by him from the original owner in 1971. It was restored in the late 70s including new paint, all chrome replated, and new interior. It's been stored inside and it presents VERY well. It's largely stock and correct save for a couple modifications. As a former cop, my friend had seen rear end collisions due to the small size of the tail lights, so he had a 2nd set added to double the rear lighting. It's a subtle and tasteful mod that goes unnoticed even after many car shows with the Jeep. The other is an added gauge panel for improved instrumentation. The Jeep retains it's original drive train including the Super Hurricane engine, which runs well but is getting tired, and will need a rebuild at some point in the future. This Jeep has a storied history of roaming Montana's sage brush and prickly pear cactus high country. It's led a life of fishing, hunting, and camping, with the last 20 years relegated to parade and car show duty. It's a neat little rig for Cars N Coffee, or might be a great promotional vehicle for your business. I'll do my best to describe this special Willys below, PLEASE see the links to Photobucket with over 100 close up pics including underside and the YouTube walk around and driving videos.

Exterior: Repainted 40 years ago but still looks great. Shines well and will draw a crowd where ever you stop. **The search and rescue door signs are magnetic and easily removed***Very straight with a few small dings, one in hood and one in rear hatch - they are hard to see in pics. A few rock chips on driver side front fender, and a few scratches on top of roof. Glass is good and chrome has all been re-plated to a high standard, inside and out. Very dry Western Jeep, never seen salt, and underside and floors look good. Of course we don't see frame rot here out west. I'd say at least 95 percent rust free, there are a couple of pencil tip size blisters at bottom of tailgate and a spot where the floor meets the tailgate. Underneath there are a couple of small areas on one floor support on each side where mud was kicked off the front tires and held moisture, causing corrosion. See close up detail pics in Photobucket album below. Nothing hidden with undercoat or seam sealer, what you see is what you get. None of those small areas have gotten worse in the last 40 years since the restoration, and shouldn't need attention unless you plan to drive in the salt. None of the sitting-at-the-bottom of a lake rot that you see so often on these early Jeeps from other parts of the country.

Interior: Completely redone by local upholstery shop years ago and still appears new. Shows very well, interior chrome was re-plated at the same time and new front floor mat was installed. Glass is good. Most everything works including radio, heater, wipers, lights, horn(moved to button on column), and parking brake. Rear interior carpet was popular at the time, and after 40 years, it's come back in style :) Some of the aftermarket gauges aren't hooked up. No rodent damage or smells. Again, just a really nice old Jeep for Cars-N-Coffee or weekend shows.

Mechanical: Original 226 Super Hurricane with 3 speed transmission and 4wd system with original drive flange hubs. Starts, runs and drives fine for this era of vehicle and 4wd works well. Most everything functions including lights, wipers, radio, heater, and parking brake. Many of the aftermarket gauges are not hooked up, speedometer and vacuum gauge do work. Usable as is, but if you haven't driven an old Jeep from 1959, adjust your expectations accordingly. It's low geared and 60mph is the absolute top speed. Engine will need a refresh at some point in the future, does use some oil and a trained mechanic's ear will hear a main bearing rattle at light throttle when it's fully warmed up. It's fine as is for putting to shows and parades. I was quoted $2k for a rebuild from the local engine shop, but for what I used the Jeep for I couldn't justify it. Your needs and wants for the Jeep may be different. When I got it the tires were ancient, so I put brand new 7.50-16 bias traction tires on it last year from Nebraska Tire. Probably should have bought radials, as these bias plies follow every rut in the road -but they have the pie crust look that just seems right. There is play in the steering, as is typical for these rigs, and the tires didn't help that. My uncle and Grandpa both had these wagons and they all wandered. If you're used to modern rigs, and plan to do a lot of driving, radial tires will be needed and possibly some front end work. No major leaks, a few drips off oil pan and transfer case, but nothing horrible. Above all, this is a vintage vehicle, it's not new and will need work from time to time.

Pricing/Misc: NO RESERVE and will sell. I imagine it will sell for less than half the cost of new paint, interior, and chrome on a Willys like this. If you've been looking at vintage 4x4s lately, you know that they are very hot and prices are climbing to the stratosphere. This Jeep runs and drives,but flying in and driving it home isn't an option due to low gearing. Montana is a huge state with many remote areas with no cell service or roadside assistance. Reasonable transport is available, I will drive it to meet your transporter and help load it. Title is clear and in my name, buyer will need to get insurance upon purchase as I will cancel mine. I will store it after sale for 30 days, after that $100/month storage will be due. Also, the consecutive serial number indicates the end of 1958 production, but it is titled as a 1959 as was common when a Willys didn't sell at the end of the model year and was carried over.



LINK TO YOUTUBE WALK AROUND AND DRIVING VIDEOS: (please excuse the wind noise)




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****Shipping will be from Helena, MT. I-15 and I-90 both very near, transport is reasonable. Zip code for shipping quote use 59601*****

This vehicle is being sold as is, where is with no warranty, expressed written or implied. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle, and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgement solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle at the buyer's request prior to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the vehicle.

Winning bidder must contactme within 24 hours of auction end and make arrangements for payment at that time. A $500.00 non-refundable deposit is due within 48 hours of end of auction. The remainder is due within 3 days of auction end. If no contact is made within 24 hoursI reserve the right to re-list the vehicle, sell it to the next high bidder, or sell it otherwise. Most banks and credit unions do not finance vehicles older than 1995, so make sure if financing that your financial institution accepts the year and miles of this vehicle before bidding. Please arrange financing prior to bidding. Payment is by bank wire only. Buyer is responsible for pickup or shipping of this vehicle. If you wish to have it shipped using a service,I recommend Certified Auto Shippers, 503-985-6161 or kathy@certifiedautoshippers.com If you are not sure about something, please ask! Do not assume anything not listed is included.I reserve the right to end the listing if the vehicle is no longer available for sale. PLEASE ONLY BID WHAT YOU ARE WILLING TO PAY. IF THE RESERVE IS NOT MET,I MAY CONTACT THE HIGH BIDDER TO OFFER THE SECOND CHANCE OPTION.