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Unread 04-11-2012, 05:39 AM   #1
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Help! I want to buy an M38A1 in Italy!

Hi All,

I came across this good ‘looking’ M38A1 for sale here in Italy. The owner wanted Euro 8,000 (nearly US$ 10,500) at first but has now come down to Euro 7,000 (US$ 9,000). She does not know much about the Jeep as it was her old father who bought and used it. As he now is too old to use it, she wants to sell it. I have not yet seen the vehicle as it is about 400 miles away from where I live in Rome but I am going to go there soon.
I have posted some pictures of the M38A1 on Photo Bucket-

I think the white plastic or paper on the floor could either be to cover the oil stains already on the floor or to protect the floor from leaking oil. The blinkers/park lights on the fenders do not resemble those of the Dutch-built
M38A1 (Nekaf). Some of the gauges and switches on the dash seem to be non-original. The engine is gasoline but I do not have its picture. I wonder what that plate on the left top of the bumper is for. Any comments from you guys about the vehicle? What year could it be?

I would very much like to know what one should look for/check out specifically while s/he buys an M38A1. Your help would be much appreciated. Does the price sound ok – if the vehicle is in good condition? In Italy, an M38A1 in good condition usually is expected to fetch Euros 14,000 (US$ 18,000) while an M38A1C about US$ 20,000. Compared to the prices in the U.S., this is very high!

I will wait for your comments and advice before I go to see the vehicle.

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Unread 04-11-2012, 08:50 PM   #2
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I think you would be better off posting this in general discussion as this section of the forum is for members of the military,not military model jeeps

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Unread 04-16-2012, 03:55 PM   #3
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He has put it there also a couple of days ago. I'm sure he feels you guys are closer to them or have been around then, so he can get some opinion what to look for. Maybe someone here works the motor pool or has in the past. I gave him some links to check out in the other forum.
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