1949 Willys Overland Jeepster

1949 Willys Overland Jeepster

Willys was founded in 1908 by John Willys. Although the company made all types of automobiles during its time, the nameplate is best known for its manufacture of army vehicles called “general purpose / government purpose” or “GP” in the military. “GP” was adopted by the military and slurred to pronounce “jeep.” It stuck. After World War II, it was redesigned for civilian use. Famed industrial designer Brooks Stevens was called in by Willys to design, what the designers felt, would be a top seller to all the returning GI’s. The design was introduced in 1948 and was a sales disappointment, as most GI’s were trying to move away from the military and didn’t want a derivative of their experience sitting in the driveway. A total of 20,000 Jeepsters were built during its production run of 1948-1950 (some unsold 1950 models were marketed as 1951 models).

The early Jeepsters had a 63 horsepower, 4 cylinder engine with a cylinder being an option by 1949. Transmissions were 3 speed with optional overdrive. Engine parts have been traditionally difficult to find which is why many were upgraded to modern V8 engines. This one maintains its original engine. The Jeepster has undeniable charm and makes for a cheerful, weekend beach cruiser.

Auto Spec Sheet

Year: 1949
Make: Willys Overland
Model: Jeepster
Style: N/A
Serial No: N/A
Odometer: N/A
Engine Cyl: 4
Engine Size: N/A
Engine HP: 63
Trans: 3 speed

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