1949 Willys Overland Jeepster – Classic Military Vehicle Turned Into A Civilian Ride

1949 Willys Overland Jeepster

The Willys Jeep was one of the most reliable military vehicles during the World War II. When the war ended, most of the army men retired back into civilian life and so did the Willys-Overland Motors. They moved from producing military vehicles to building more peaceful vehicles. The Willys Jeep was a very successful design and was a waste to just throw away, so they dressed it with a more civilized style.

This 1949 Willys Overland Jeepster is one of those civilized jeeps and is a great solid example. It comes from Arizona which justifies its rust free condition. This roadster is a rear-wheel-drive vehicle which is a downgrade to its four-wheel drive predecessors, but it makes up for a more stylish look.

1949 Willys Overland Jeepster exterior

This Jeepster is can be found in the showroom of a classic car dealer from Boise, Idaho. According to the dealer, this Jeepster came from Arizona and has been kept in a very original condition.

The peaceful Willys Jeepster was built for the retiring American soldiers that want a more stylish version of the rugged Willys Jeep that they used during the entire World War II. Only 2,307 Willys Jeepster were produced in 1949 that were powered by the “Go-Devil” four-cylinder engine. That means that this is an incredibly rare and solid example.

The Go-Devil powerhouse is the same engine that powered the Jeeps that served the war. It was known to be a very reliable and sturdy engine but not so much on its power. The Go-Devil engine was connected to a manual transmission with an overdrive feature that made it a good highway cruiser.

1949 Willys Overland Jeepster dashboard

This Jeepster does not have roll-up windows, and when you remove the window curtains and cloth top, it looks like your standard jeep. This Jeepster name is the combination of the Jeep and roadster name. It looks great with or without the cloth top. No matter how you look at it, this Willys Jeepster looks great and is in a perfectly solid condition. It rides on new Coker Classic tires which looks great on the Jeepster. This turn-key classic Jeep will be a great car to own and drive along the highway.

It may not have to power and performance of its militarized cousins, it does have its own charm with its very sporty design. Willys certainly made a great retiring gift for our war heroes as they returned back to their old and peaceful lives.

References & Photo Credits:
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