Willys Overland 96A. Light green color from 1929

Willys Overland 96A. Light green color from 1929.

Weight: 1050 kg

Max speed: 60 km/h

Engine: 2.2 L

Power: 32 HP

Willys was a brand name used by Willys–Overland Motors, an American automobile company, founded by John North Willys. It was best known for its design and production of World War II era and later military jeeps (MBs), as well as civilian versions (Jeep CJs), and branding the ‘jeep’ military slang-word into the ‘(Universal) Jeep’ marque.

In 1908, John Willys bought the Overland Automotive Division of Standard Wheel Company and in 1912 renamed it Willys–Overland Motor Company. From 1912 to 1918, Willys was the second-largest producer of automobiles in the United States after Ford Motor Company.

In 1913, Willys acquired a license to build Charles Yale Knight’s sleeve-valve engine which it used in cars bearing the Willys–Knight nameplate. In the mid-1920s, Willys also acquired the F.B. Stearns Company of Cleveland and assumed continued production of the Stearns-Knight luxury car, as well.

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