41 Willys Coupe

41 Willys Coupe Owned/submitted by:
Bob Rothermel

From:
Reading, Pennsylvania, United States

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Specifications:
  • Powered by a L31 short block Chevy 350.
  • Turbo 400 Transmission.
More Specs:

Pro 1 aluminum heads.
Bullet performance cam.
Canton “Drag Race” oil pan with trap-door baffle.
Ford 9 Inch Rear End Positraction 3.50 Gear Ratio.
B & M torque converter.
Ron Francis Wiring.
Flaming River Steering.
American Racing (CL 200s) Wheels.

The car is named Plum Willys after the paint color, “Twighlight Royal Plum Pearl”.

History:


I’ve admired the Willys coupe body style ever since I was a kid. The fact that Wills gassers were tearing up the tracks in California didn’t hurt either.

I’ve been searching for a Willys of my own for 12 years. I finally found mine at the “Wheels of Time” car show in Macungie, Pennsylvania.

Additional Facts:

The 41 Willys Coupe (Willys Americar 441) was manufactured by a Toledo, Ohio based car manufacturing company originally named “Willys-Overland Motor Company” later renamed “Willys Overland Motors”.

Production started in 1937 but was discontinued in 1942 when production was diverted to manufacturing vehicles to assist the military in the Second World War.

The Willys was manufactured under several model names, some of which were the Willys 37, Willys 38, Willys 39 and the Willys Speedway. The last 2 models were named “Willys Americar 441” (the 1941 model) and “Willys Americar 442” (the 1942 model).

The “Willys Americar” was proceeded by the “Willys 77” which in turn had been preceded by the “Willys Whippet”.

Production was resumed in 1952 and continued until 1955 with the “Willys Aero”.

John Willys purchased the “Overland Automotive Division of Standard Wheel Company” in 1908 and renamed it “Willys-Overland Motor Company” in 1912. The Willys 77 was first available on the market in 1933.

My Ride’s Pictures:
41 Willys Coupe Description of Picture on the Left:
View of the Willys Coupe… This is a very nice Hot Rod. Make sure you read all the Specs and History of this beauty. One of the great additions to this beauty was the L31 short block Chevy350 with Pro 1 aluminum heads. I am sure this one turns a lot of heads and gets a lot of thumbs up. Click on the Pic to open a new page with a larger picture.
Description of Picture on the Right:
View of the Willys Coupe Rear. The car is named Plum Willys after the paint color, “Twighlight Royal Plum Pearl” and the name is painted right on the Rear of this Hot Rod as you can see. Make sure that you don’t miss reading about the goodies that are in this Hot Rod. Some of them are Canton “Drag Race” oil pan with trap-door baffle, a Turbo 400 Transmission a B & M torque converter and more. Click on the Pic to enlarge.
41 Willys Coupe
41 Willys Coupe Description of Picture on the Left:
View of the Willys Coupe Right Side. Check out the American Racing (CL 200s) Wheels on this 41 Willys Coupe. Other modifications are Ron Francis Wiring, Flaming River Steering and a lot more. Make sure that you read about all the modifications as well as some of the history of the Willys. Click on this picture to enlarge.
Description of Picture on the Right:
Side view of the Willys Coupe. Take a look at the nice Flames on the Front Fender and Hood. Not “loud” at all, very tastefully done. Don’t leave this page without reading all about the Willys Coupe as well as a bit of history of how the Willys was “born”. Please click on the Picture to open a larger picture.
41 Willys Coupe

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