For Sale: 1950 Willys-Overland Wagon in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Vehicle Description

1950 Willys-Overland Wagon - Ford 223ci Inline 6 - 3 Speed Manual Transmission - 38k Miles - Colorado Truck - Complete Mechanical Restoration - New Suspension - Front and Rear Disc Brakes - Rebuilt Transmission (Please note: If you happen to be viewing this 1950 Willys Overland Wagon on a site other than, it's possible that you've only seen some of our many photographs of this vehicle due to third-party website limitations. To be sure you access all the more than 170 high-definition photographs, including a short startup-and-walk-around video, please go to our main website: GarageKeptMotors.) One car you can use for almost everything �€"Circa 1950 Willys-Overland Magazine Advertisement The SUV craze in the country didn't really begin with the Chevrolet Suburban as many think. Nope, it all started with the humble Willys-Overland Wagon that appeared not long after World War II ended. The advertisement referenced above touted the Wagon's versatility, load-carrying capacity, and go-anywhere ruggedness. And its build quality: With steel body and top! Forget concours restoration, the '50 Willys Wagon offered here has been returned to service with a bit of a Rat Rod vibe, and a good deal more attitude than most anything you'd find competing for a concours judge's attention. It may not turn the heads of concours judges, but this special Willys has been the recipient of many awards, including at 2017 the AutoRama event. Solid, reliable, fun, interesting, and truly unique, this Wagon is something special. The largely stock exterior features original metal painted ivory-over-bronze, apparently the livery color for the good folks at the mythical Willy's Hot Rods, as the hand-painted front-door lettering suggests. The paint is actually vintage paint that has been clear coated with a matte clear coat in order to preserve the patina. Body-panel condition is very good, appearing never to have suffered major accident damage. Original trim pieces include round side mirrors, chrome door handles on both doors and rear lift-up two-frame-window hatch, chrome headlight surrounds and hood trim piece, spring-loaded hood hold-downs (as seen on WWII Jeeps), exposed gas cap, and both Willys and script 4 Wheel Drive emblems. Decidedly not original are the bullet taillights from a '59 Cadillac, the orange steel wheels, the extended-frame front winch, extended-frame rear cargo bumper (apparently added after the slight body damage occurred on the right-rear corner of the body), and patina chrome front bumper with over-rider bar. Goodyear all-terrain tires are mounted. Inside, the perfectly less than perfect character continues, beginning with a leopard-skin cloth throw on the driver's seat. Orange paint matching that on the wheels, is the primary color on the dashboard and window trim. Brown vinyl upholstery covers the front-row bench seat, behind which there is no second row, only an expansive, ribbed-floor cargo area. Pioneer tools (a shovel and ax) are mounted on the driver's side of said cargo area ahead of the drop-down tailgate. On the passenger side, the spare tire is mounted. The dash features simple, center-mounted instruments (the Willys-Overland-branded odometer reads: 38,189.9) augmented with aftermarket gauges for oil pressure and engine temperature, glove box, original W branded steering wheel, restored 3-speed manual transmission shifter and 4-wheel drive and winch-operation levers (labeled with operating and safety instructions). A fabric headliner is in place and features a whimsical stuffed mouse... just because. Under the hood is a professionally re-manufactured Ford 223 cubic-inch inline 6-cylinder engine in a complete, but decidedly not detailed engine bay. The front axle features a limited slip differential and is paired with a Dana 44 rear axle with true posi-traction. There are 4.30 gears in both differentials. Underneath, the new suspension with 4-wheel disc brakes, and reb

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1438664
  • Price:$29,900
  • Location:Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Year:1950
  • Make:Willys-Overland
  • Model:Wagon
  • Exterior Color:Brown
  • Interior Color:Tan
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:38189
  • Stock Number:21GKM6
  • VIN:14216

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Garage Kept Motors
420 36th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548