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- Powered by a L31 short block Chevy 350.
- Turbo 400 Transmission.
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”.
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.
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.