In the years immediately after WWII, Willys-Overland was riding high on the wartime success of the Jeep. The plucky little 4wd utility vehicle served our soldiers well and had earned itself iconic status. But Willys-Overland was struggling to transition back to regular production and they found themselves in desperate need of a civilian passenger vehicle that would appeal to a broader audience than the highly functional, but very utilitarian Jeep vehicles. The CJ (Civilian Jeep) had the benefit of a war-proven heritage and were popular with farmers and outdoorsmen, but not so much with the general car buying public. Industrial designer Brooks Stevens was commissioned to design Willys-Overland’s new postwar lineup and hopefully add some flair along the way, in spite of the limited development budget. Alongside the traditional Jeep CJ, Willys-Overland added a pickup and a station wagon. Stevens also drew up a vaguely Jeep-looking crossover car that he envisioned as a sports car to appeal to returning servicemen. The Jeepster, as it became known, was distinguished by quirky open styling that drew heavily on Jeep tradition. Willys-Overland lacked the ability to tool up curvaceous bodyw
left-hand-drive 1950 willys jeepster red 4wd manual overdrive restored
2310 Chaffee Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63146, Missouri
Although it ended 66 years ago, the Second World War continues to exert ...