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Lot 105

2015   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2015

1951 Willys Model 6-73 Station Wagon

SOLD $37,400

Estimate

$30,000 - $40,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

1S18345

Car Highlights

The First All-Steel, Factory-Built North American Station Wagon
Styled by Brooks Stevens
Modeled After Willys Overland Military Jeep
Restored in Charming Factory-Correct Color Scheme
Desirable Electric Overdrive

Technical Specs

161 CID Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single-Barrel Carter Downdraft Carburetor
75 HP at 4,000 RPM
3-Speed Manual Gearbox with Electric Overdrive
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Semi-Independent Single A-Arm Front Suspension with Transverse Leaf Spring
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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The quintessential American mid-century wagon, the Willys Station Wagon was marketed as a car for the people: practical, affordable, enjoyable – perfect for both work and leisure. This vehicle was intended as much for commuting to the office as it was for country drives and camping trips. Based on the company’s military Jeep, it was stylishly designed and comfortable. Introduced to the market in 1946, over 300,000 wagons and variants were manufactured during the 19-year production.

Styled by industrial designer Brooks Stevens, the Willys 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. In addition, ample windows provide excellent visibility for enjoying scenic routes.

The consignor, a professional restorer of antique autos and a fan of this model since his youth, purchased the Willys in 1997 from its long-term owner and has tended to it carefully throughout his stewardship. The Willys has been kept as a driving car, benefiting from electric overdrive that provided additional top-end capability to the three-speed transmission. This well-cared-for, charming Willys Wagon is a delight to behold, as well as a wonderful opportunity for the collector of classic, postwar, and mid-century Americana.