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Win a 1948 Willys CJ-2A!

Win a 1948 Willys CJ-2A!

Congratulations to Kelly Carey the winner of the Win a 1948 Willys CJ-2A!

Willys-Overland produced over 350,000 Willys MB’s, better known as “Jeeps,” for the U.S. war effort during WWII. As the war drew to a close, Willys-Overland started thinking about a way to develop a civilian version to market to the public. In 1945, Willys began to mass-produce the CJ-2A, one of the first civilian vehicles to be equipped with four-wheel drive. The CJ-2A looked very similar to its military predecessor, but there were a few key differences. The CJ-2A has flush mounted headlights, a seven-slot grille, and a T-90 transmission to replace the MB’s T-84. The “Go-Devil” engine, which proved itself in WWII, was carried over for the CJ-2A.

The Vehicle Offered: Classic car collector and Museum trustee Tom Larsen originally purchased this Willys in April of 1993. He bought the CJ because he thought it would be perfect to use at his Cape house. With its rugged nostalgic look, Tom says, “it puts a smile on people’s faces whenever they see it.” He used the car “to toot around town every once in a while;” it was very lightly driven. Over the course of ownership he put a lot of work into it; regular maintenance as well as repairs to the clutch, steering rack, and exhaust.

In the late ‘90’s Tom sold the CJ to a gentleman in Nantucket. After a few years, however, Tom began to miss his little CJ-2A and wanted to get it back. After searching far and wide, he tracked down his old vehicle in Atlanta, Georgia. The previous owner had done some restoration work on it, replacing the aftermarket Mustang seats with the classic canvas seats it wears today. He re-purchased the Jeep in 2007 and brought it back to the Cape.

This year, as Tom planned to sell the Cape house, he knew just what he would do with the faithful Willys Jeep. He decided to donate it to the Larz Anderson Auto Museum with the intention of having it raffled off to support the Museum. He knew that it would be an exciting vehicle for people to see at the Museum and to have a chance to own.

Thanks to Tom’s incredibly generous donation, this well-preserved 1948 Willys CJ-2A, is now being offered as our 2017 raffle car. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100, and will be on sale early 2016 until the date of the drawing on 7/23/2017.

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