1950 Willys-Jeep Overland Stationwagon
Rare to see Canadian Stationwagon in need of restoration; 2-wheel drive variant with 3-on a tree manual 'box
Believed to date from 1950, this cool Willys-Jeep Overland Station Wagon hails from Canada and is offered here for restoration. Rolling with relative ease despite its girth the truck oozes untouched ‘patina’ that ideally would be clear-coated and saved: it took 71 years to get to this state. Ask yourself, what would Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage fame do? He’d sure as hell clear coat it and whack a big, powerful V8 crate motor in it, lower it and give it some attitude.
The chassis looks surprisingly sound, the bodywork tatty in places, but on the whole not as bad as you might first think. Okay it needs new floors, new interior etc but there’s certainly scope. The door cards look like they’ll clean up well, the instrument binnacle super in its style and simple functionality, the three-on-a-tree transmission untested, as with the four-cylinder motor which looks like it would need some attention given the perished hoses etc but there’s evidently hope for it as a project.
Inside we find some spare body panels, the driver’s seat still tips and the driver’s door opens, the passenger door handle seems stuck and there are some cracks to the windscreen and discolouration to other bits of glass and it lacks a head lining but who needs one of them anyway?!
As a 1950 model, it has the pointed grill with 5-horizontal bars, although the engine is, we believe, the Willys L134 Go-Devil flathead 2199cc inline-four (in service 1946-1949) with 2-wheel drive transmission (4x4 was an option in 1949) meaning this example is likely one of the left-over 1949 models sold in 1950 with the new grill but retaining the old engine until introduction of the F134 Hurricane engine from March 1950 onwards.
Within the history file we find only a ‘Registration doc/Pas d’immatriculation’ from Manitoba, Canada, dated 03.29.2018 which suggests it had covered 50,000 miles at this time confirming its registration in 1950 as a Willys Overland, 2 door 4-cylinder in green owned by one Norman G Giesbrecht and UK V55 registration application form. The vendor has NOVA’d the car and will forward the email confirmation on to us permitting easy UK registration.
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