THIS EQUIP COST 2,162.00

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THIS EQUIP COST 2,162.00

Post by ojgrsoi » Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:44 pm

I found this on the inside of the windshield on the passenger side.
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Post by DieFledermaus » Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:46 pm

Yes, "cost 2,162.00" was commonly stenciled on M38s in 1950's Germany to remind soldiers how much the vehicle was worth and to take care of it. Here's a shot from "The Big Picture", circa 1952. This M38 Border Patrol Jeep is marked 7A 14 AC I-25 and is running around the Fulda Gap near the East German border:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFQXwLY ... ure=relmfu
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Have you found another other original markings?

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Post by WillysG740 » Thu Oct 29, 2020 12:35 pm

Mike,
I have a '51 M38 that had original markings. The words "PRICE - $2,039.44" was stenciled in white paint on the inside of my windshield, much like yours. The data plate indicates it was manufactured in August '51 and according to bumper markings, served as an "MP"Jeep at "APG" - Aberdeen Proving Ground..... I'm guessing. This one also had the original Army registration numbers on the hood as well.

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Post by JMZ421 » Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:53 pm

Very cool video, seen it before. The price marked on both vehicles is pretty neat and the reason also. At 16:38 of the video, you can see the hood number, looks like 20922635. Should be a late Nov or Dec 1951 M38 estimated based on my hood numbers and DOD. John

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Post by Ron D » Thu Oct 29, 2020 6:50 pm

$2,000 bucks in 1951 adjusted for inflation is about $20,000 today.

Still a bargain for a new jeep!

Our Uncle Sam bought tens of thousands of HMMWV's for better than $60,000 a pop.

I never saw a "This Equipment Cost $60,000" stenciled on a Hummer...... :lol:

Or better yet, "This Equipment Cost $1,250,000" on that other great truck that Uncle likes --- the "MRAP". :shock:

I enjoy a little perspective on how this hobby is changing.....
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Post by Kendall » Sat Oct 31, 2020 2:51 pm

Found on the inside of the windshield of my 1951 M38 (2,004.00)
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