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The quintessential American mid-century wagon, the Willys Station Wagon was marketed as a car for the people. It was equally suitable for commuting to the office and for taking camping trips. Based on the company’s military Jeep, it was stylishly designed and comfortable. Introduced to the market in 1946, more than 300,000 wagons and variants were manufactured during its 19-year production.
Styled by industrial designer Brooks Stevens, the Station Wagon is spacious and well-conceived. It features removable seats, including a folding front-passenger seat that provides extra cargo space; a floor fitted with handsome oak runners; centrally placed dash instruments; and an attractive, engine-turned AM radio panel. Ample windows provide excellent visibility for enjoying scenic routes.
This example was sold in 1997 by its longtime owner to a dedicated fan of the model who also was a professional restorer of antique automobiles. He tended to it carefully throughout his 18-year stewardship. Its considerable charisma was documented in an eight-page feature for Hemmings Classic Car magazine in 2006. It was kept as a driving car, benefiting from electric overdrive that provided additional top-end capability to the three-speed transmission. Its older restoration has mellowed gradually, and its current owner is a Midwestern collector with an eye for design. This charming Willys Station Wagon is a delight to behold, and a wonderful opportunity for the collector of classic, postwar, and mid-century Americana.