World in Motion 1939 — The whole of the year's automobile production. Willys later produced the for the U. This bright yellow hotrod heading to auction with is based on a classic coupe. Willys Americar Willys Americar was produced from 1937 to 1942, but only the 1941-1942 models were called Americar back then. In 1913, Willys acquired a license to build the 's engine which it used in cars bearing the nameplate. Grumman successfully tested the aircraft to ten feet thereby exceeding the Navy's requirement. However, if one looks at the photos below and in the War Production Record above, it becomes very obvious that Willys-Overland had a very diverse product line beyond the Jeep.
In 1916, it acquired the of , , by 1917, , and in 1919 acquired the Motors Company plant in. It appears that the fire trucks for the Navy were subtracted out as they were not Jeeps but only used the chassis. Today, it is actually very difficult to find a Willys Americar that is even close to somewhat original condition. As noted above Willys was the only manufacturer of the 1,292 produced. During the war, the factory built aircraft assemblies for Hudson Bombers. During the following years, the car gradually became more and more Ford-like.
Plans were also made for a 6-cylinder Willys 99, but since the company was in such dire straits financially they could only afford to put the Willys 77 into production. Tractors were in short supply, having been out of production during the war. Depression era Willys makes very cool hot rods. However, the Willys-Overland Motors Americar was a road-based model built between 1941 and 1942. When I took this photo in 2011 I was still unaware that Willys built this. The New Jersey plant was replaced by a new, larger facility in , and was to be the site of production for a new Willys Six at an adjacent site, but the brought the Willys Corporation to its knees.
It gained a semistreamlined body with a slanted windshield, headlamps integrally embedded into the fenders, and a one-piece, rounded hood transversely hinged at the rear. In 2014, the Willys trademark was acquired by Italian , declaration of Emanuele Bomboi head of design of Viotti. . Willys Americar was available as a sedan, coupé, station wagon and pickup truck. The tooling for the Aero went to Brazil, where it entered production in 1960. The Aero cars were called Lark, Wing, Falcon, Ace, or Eagle depending on year, engine, and trim level, except for a small production run in its final year 1955 with models called Custom and Bermuda.
Only the main assembly plant and some smaller factories remained the property of Willys—Overland. One is outside the United States Museum of Transport and Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. The mission is to create the ultimate Willys vehicle Classifieds Archive. For more about how we create and manage listings as well as other important ad disclaimers; be sure to check out our page. Each wing contained three tanks that were twelve feet long and were outboard of the engines.
Photo courtesy of Ron Szymanski. Whippet production ended in 1931; its models were replaced by the Willys Six and Eight. Willys initially struggled to find a market for the vehicle, first attempting to sell it primarily as an alternative to the farm. At this time, Willys decided to clear the boards and produce two new models — the 4-cylinder and the 6-cylinder Willys 99 — but since the firm was once again on the verge of bankruptcy, only the 77 went into production. In 1967, Ford took a controlling interest in Kaiser and thereby gained control of Willys—Overland do Brasil.
Stearns Company of and assumed continued production of the luxury car, as well. However, by late 1961, Brazilian-built Willys Jeeps began to be exported to. What he started with was an engine that developed 48 horsepower at 3,400 r. No mention of Willys-Overland at all. However, if one actually adds up the numbers it comes out 359,941.
The same year, production of the Kaiser car was moved from Willow Run, Michigan, to the Willys plant at Toledo, Ohio. This made people more eager to start tinkering with the car on their own and customize it in various ways. Army was the primary purchasing entity for vehicles for the U. The engine is usually replaced with a more powerful one and a supercharger is added. Willys-Overland Motors Founded by John Willys in 1908, Willys-Overland Motors was a U. Being distributed by the family of ' closest advisor also helped, and Willys—Overland reached a 52% share of Brazilian passenger car production in 1959.
Szymanski is former Curator of the Jeep Museum and is a virtual encyclopedia of information on the entire history of the company and product line. However, the Army Air Forces took the vehicles and used them to tow aircraft at its air fields. Photo courtesy of Ron Szymanski. Production of the Willys-Knight ended in 1933. Willys established an assembly plant in in 1953, after the government prohibited the import of assembled vehicles as part of an import substitution program.
The following year, Joseph W. The military version of the Jeep Pickup was called the F-85. Photo courtesy of Ron Szymanski. When the first Willys Americar was launched in 1937, the strong influence from its predecessor Willys 77 was evident. After the end of the War Willys planned to re-enter the market of passenger cars in 1947 with the model Willys 6-70 sedan. In 1962, Willys started building the French as the Willys Interlagos. It took Barney Roos two years to perfect his engine, by a whole complex of revisions that included closer tolerances, tougher alloys, aluminum pistons, and a flywheel reduced in weight from fifty-seven to thirty-one pounds.